Thank you to all the Juneau voters who have so far participated in the City and Borough of Juneau’s October 6 By Mail Municipal Election. CBJ mailed ballots to 27,467 registered Juneau voters on September 15. As of Thursday, September 24, CBJ Election officials have received 3,214 returned ballots by the following methods:
- Municipality of Anchorage Election Center (received by mail): 1,276 ballots
- City Hall Vote Center: 331 ballots
- Mendenhall Valley Library Vote Center: 488 ballots
- Douglas Library/Fire Hall Ballot Drop Box: 524 ballots
- Statter Harbor Boat Launch parking lot Ballot Drop Box: 569 ballots
- City Clerk’s Office (prior to the vote centers being opened): 26 ballots
Voters have until October 6 to return ballots, so if you haven’t yet voted, there’s still time. Choose one of three methods to return your ballot:
- Mail it through the U.S. Postal Service with a 55 cent/Forever stamp.
- Place it in a Secure Ballot Drop Box at the Douglas Library or the Statter Harbor boat launch parking lot until 8 p.m. on Oct. 6; no stamp required.
- Take it to a Juneau Vote Center at City Hall or the Mendenhall Valley Public Library; no stamp required. If you need to obtain a ballot at the vote center, please bring ID, like a State of Alaska voter card, an Alaska driver’s license or state ID card, a military ID card, a passport, a hunting or fishing license, or other current or valid […]
Due to COVID-19, the Assembly voted to hold the October 6, 2020 Regular Municipal Election “By-Mail.” All voters registered at a residence address in the City and Borough of Juneau will be mailed a ballot at the permanent mailing address on file with the State of Alaska Division of Elections Voter Registration List.
To check you current registration status and mailing address, go to: https://myvoterinformation.alaska.gov/
To vote in the October 6 election, you must be registered (or update your registration) by Sunday, September 6, 2020. You can register/update registration on-line at: https://voterregistration.alaska.gov/
Ballots for the October 6 election will be mailed on September 15, 2020 and are non-forwardable. If you will be away, you may request that a ballot be mailed to a temporary address by completing the Application to Vote at a Temporary Address. Applications to vote at a temporary address must be received by the Municipal Clerk’s Office by September 29, 2020, however we encourage submission by September 6 for the first mailing, or as early as possible. Alternatively, if you will be someplace that you are not at your permanent mailing address cannot receive mail via the Temporary Address system, you can apply for an e-Ballot no later than 5pm on Monday, October 5, 2020 to receive and vote your ballot electronically.
For more complete information about the upcoming by-mail election, including how to cast a ballot at a CBJ Vote Center or save postage by using a ballot drop box, please click on the individual toggles below or look in the “Frequently Asked Questions” section.
Ballots for the October 6 election will be mailed on September 15, 2020 and are non-forwardable. If you will be away, you may request that a ballot be sent to a temporary address by completing the Application to Vote at a Temporary Address. Applications to vote at a temporary address must be received by the Municipal Clerk’s Office by September 29, 2020, however we encourage submission by September 6 for the first mailing, or as early as possible.
CBJ VOTE CENTERS
Beginning September 21, 2020, CBJ election staff will be available to assist voters with services including:
- Drop off voted ballots
- Request a New or Replacement Ballot
- Request voter assistance
- Register to vote or update voter registration
City Hall – Assembly Chambers, 155 S. Seward St.
Weekdays, September 21 – October 5: 8 am – 4:30 pm
Election Day, October 6: 7 am – 8 pm
Mendenhall Valley Public Library, 3025 Dimond Park Loop
Weekdays, September 21 – October 5: 10 am – 6 pm
Saturdays, Sept. 26 & Oct. 3: 12 pm – 4 pm
Election Day, October 6: 7 am – 8 pm
Secure Ballot Drop Boxes are open from September 21, 2020 until 8:00 p.m. on October 6, 2020 at the following locations:
1016 3rd Street, Douglas
Statter Harbor Boat Launch Parking Lot
11801 Glacier Hwy, Auke Bay
Example of what the Secure Ballot Drop Boxes look like:
- Ballots will be mailed to each Juneau registered voter on September 15, 2020 or to a Temporary Address through September 29 for applications received between September 6 and 29.
- Voters will receive their ballot package containing the Official Ballot, Secrecy Sleeve with an “I Voted” sticker, and a return ballot envelope.
- The voter marks their ballot, places it in the secrecy sleeve (removing the sticker), seals it in the return ballot envelope, signs the envelope in the presence of a witness (must be 18 years or older) and has the witness sign the envelope.
- The voter then returns the ballot using one of the following methods:
- Places a .55 cent stamp on the envelope and returns it via USPS mail (ballots postmarked by Election Day, October 6 and received prior to final review on October 20 will be eligible to be counted), or
- Drops the sealed voted ballot envelope in one of the two CBJ Ballot Drop Boxes no later than 8p.m. on October 6, 2020, or
- Brings their ballot to one of our two Vote Centers during vote center hours or obtains a replacement ballot at one of the Vote Centers.
Ballot Review & Results
- Return ballots sent through the U.S. Postal Service are being mailed to a CBJ P.O. Box located in Anchorage and will be picked up with the beginning stages of review conducted by Municipality of Anchorage Election staff.
- Ballots returned at the CBJ Vote Centers and through the Ballot Drop Boxes will be collected, batched and go through a preliminary review process in Juneau and to ensure voter signature and witness signatures are on each envelope.
- Following the “close of polls” at 8:00p.m. on Election Day, October 6, CBJ Election Staff will collect and batch all ballots received in Juneau and will fly up to Anchorage with those ballots to begin the review and preliminary counting process.
- Ballots received and reviewed by Friday, October 9 will be counted that day.
- Ballots will NOT be counted on Election Day and the earliest preliminary results will be posted on our website on Friday, October 9.
- Ballot review and signature verification process will take place between September 21-October 20. Voter’s may receive follow-up requests related to the signature verification process from election officials anytime between September 21 and October 20.
- Final results will be made available after the CBJ Canvass Review Board conducts its review of the election on Tuesday, October 20. This work may be continued from day to day for up to three days depending on the volume of ballots/review required of the Canvass Board.
Ballots are non-forwardable, so if you will be away from your permanent mailing address, you may request that a ballot be sent to a temporary address by completing the Application to Vote at a Temporary Address. Applications to vote at a temporary address are available on our website and must be received by the Municipal Clerk’s Office by September 29, 2020, however we encourage submission by September 6 to be included in the first mailing, or as early as possible. If you received election mail addressed to a former resident at your mailing address or anyone else not a resident of your household, please mark it as “Return to Sender – not at this address” and return it to the post office.
Each outgoing and return ballot envelope will have a barcode uniquely tied to the voter whose name is on the envelope. For this reason, each voter needs to return their ballot in their unique ballot envelope. If a voter did not receive their ballot or needs to obtain a replacement ballot package, one can be issued at one of the Vote Centers or by contacting the CBJ Election officials by calling our Election Call Center at 364-7401. Upon receipt of a replacement ballot, the election review system will only count the first ballot envelope received bearing that unique voter barcode and will prevent any other ballot envelopes with that barcode from being processed.
If a voter has changed a name, residence address or mailing address, an updated voter registration application should be completed. Voters may register to vote at any of the following locations during regular office hours:
- State Division of Elections’ Office, 240 Main St., Room 601, Monday – Friday;
- State Division of Elections – Region I Office, Mendenhall Mall, Monday – Friday
- Municipal Building, 155 S. Seward St., Clerk’s Office Room 202, Monday – Friday; and
- Any CBJ Library – check schedule for hours: http://www.juneau.org/library/contact_branch.php
- Voter registration applications are available on-line at http://www.elections.alaska.gov.
If you have any questions, please contact the State Division of Elections directly at 907-465-3021.
- Political signs do not require a CBJ Sign Permit for placement, but they must meet the following standards found in CBJ Ordinance 49.45.300:
- Unlighted, political signs of up to thirty-two square feet each may be displayed on private property.
- Signs may be installed no sooner than ninety days prior to the election date and shall be removed within five working days after the election date.
- Political signs not relating to a specific election shall be limited to a display period not to exceed ninety days within one calendar year.
- Unlighted political signs of up to four square feet may be displayed on private property up to two hundred seventy days prior to the election date and shall be removed within five working days after the election date.
- Signs must be placed in a manner that does not obstruct the view of drivers to oncoming traffic.
- Signs may not imitate traffic signs or signals, or be attached to or be placed adjacent to any utility pole, parking meter, traffic sign, signal, or official traffic control device.
- Signs may not move, rotate or flash.
- Signs on licensed, functional motor vehicles are allowed, provided that the primary use of the vehicle is not the display of signs and that such vehicle is not used as a static display for advertising. Please be aware that Alaska State Statutes considers political signs not located on campaign headquarters to be “off-premise advertising” and prohibits their placement on, adjacent to or where they may be viewed from state maintained highways and right-of-ways, including Egan Expressway, Glacier Highway, Marine Way, Ferry Way, Thane Road, Douglas Highway, North Douglas Highway, Mendenhall Loop Road, Fritz Cove Road, Mendenhall Peninsula Road, and Engineer’s Cutoff Road (AS 19.25.080-19.25.105) Questions regarding this may be directed to Right-of-Way Agent, AK DOT, 465-4546. More information is also on the State’s DOT Website at: http://dot.alaska.gov/stwddes/dcsrow/campaignsigns.shtml
- Please review the signs made for your campaign and their placement and be sure that they meet the criteria above. Thank you for your cooperation with these requirements and good luck with your campaign!
Election Workers Wanted!
It takes over 100 people to make an election run smoothly in Juneau. Although we are partnering in 2020 with the Municipality of Anchorage to conduct this year’s Regular Municipal Election, it will still require the work of some dedicated Juneau citizens to make this work. We anticipate the number of individuals needed to carry out this work in Juneau will be significantly lower than that needed for our usual poll-based election. That said, we are hoping to find some hard working election workers, not at high risk for COVID-19, may be willing and available to work part time in one of the following jobs.
- Election Call Center workers – [2 positions open to start work the week of July 13.]
These are short term temporary positions staffing phones for a couple of weeks in July + approximately 6-8 weeks September through October as well as helping Clerk staff prepare all election materials and supplies for the election. These positions will primarily be interacting with the public via phone and email with very limited in person public interaction.
- Vote Center workers [4-6 positions open to start work on or before Sept. 15 thru Oct. 9]
This work is similar to that previously conducted at the Early/Absentee Voting stations. Staff will be needed for approximately 3-4 weeks starting on or before September 15 through the first week of October. This will include face to face public interactions assisting voters on a daily basis for up to 8 hours/day and will require adherence to public health protocols including the wearing of masks/face shields.
- Absentee and Canvass Review Board workers [Approx. 10-12 positions open to work various dates between Sept. 21 and Oct. 20.]
This work will take place on various dates between September 21 through October 20 and will include review/processing of ballots for signature verification, voter eligibility, and ensure that all election policies and procedures were followed accurately and the canvass board will eventually certify the election final results by October 20.
- On Call Election Workers
There may be times when one or more of the above workers are not able to work during the assigned shift and/or other duties may arise during the election period which will require the use of an on call election worker. Dates, times, and duration of work will vary depending on need. On call workers may be asked to deliver and/or pick up ballots and election supplies from one vote center to another, ballot drop boxes, or other locations and will need to be licensed drivers and have reliable transportation for which they will be reimbursed for mileage. Some public interaction may be required and will require adherence to public health protocols.
Election Worker Qualifications
- registered to vote in Alaska;
- enjoy interaction with the public; and
- ability to perform duties in a non-partisan fashion.
An election worker should not work on the campaign of a candidate on the municipal ballot. In addition, an election worker cannot have a familial relationship with a candidate on the municipal ballot. A familial relationship includes:
- mother, mother-in-law, stepmother;
- father, father-in-law, stepfather;
- sister, sister-in-law, stepsister;
- brother, brother-in-law, stepbrother;
- spouse; or
- person sharing the same living quarters.
Anyone interested in applying to work as an Election Call Center worker or Vote Center worker is asked to submit an updated CBJ job application available on our website at https://juneau.org/human-resources/employment-opportunities. Pay for election workers varies depending on the particular job and duties involved.
Please contact Municipal Clerk Beth McEwen at 907-586-0203 or send an email to email@example.com.
In order to conduct a By Mail Election, some election code changes were necessary. Below are ordinances that were adopted at the Monday, June 29 Assembly Meeting.
- Ordinance 2020-24 An Ordinance Amending the Elections Code Relating to Vote by Mail for City and Borough of Juneau Municipal Elections.
- Emergency Ordinance 2020-30 An Emergency Ordinance Amending the Elections Code Relating to Candidate Nomination and Write-In for Vote by Mail in City and Borough of Juneau Municipal Elections
- Quick Reference dates for October 6, 2020 CBJ Municipal Election – Revised for By Mail Election
Other CBJ Election Basic Information
- Resolution 2692 – Adopted June 9, 2014 Reaffirming CBJ Assembly District Boundaries and Renumbering Precincts.
- Elections Code Link
- Alaska and CBJ Laws re: Initiative and Referendum Process (please note these are convenience reference copies and if the event of any discrepancies, please see official copies on the State and CBJ Law Dept. websites.)
- Petition Process Flow Chart
- Juneau Voter Turnout Statistics Since 1995
The Voter Information Pamphlet is published by the City Manager’s Office and can be found on the CBJ Homepage www.juneau.org under Current Issues
CERTIFIED CANDIDATES FOR OCTOBER 1, 2019 MUNICIPAL ELECTION – Candidate Statements Now Available as of Sept. 5
Absentee By Mail Ballot Application [PLEASE NOTE: The deadline to submit an application for a By Mail ballot, has now passed. If you wish to vote Absentee, please visit one of our Absentee Voting Stations or submit an “Application for a By Fax (Electronic Transmission) Ballot”
Voter Registration Deadline for the October 1, 2019 Election was Sunday, September 1. To check your voter registration status, go to the State of Alaska Division of Elections website at https://myvoterinformation.alaska.gov/
List of Certified Municipal Candidates Last Updated 9/5/2018 @ 5:40 p.m. – Now with Candidate Profiles added.
Application for an Absentee Ballot By-Mail Last day to receive By-Mail Applications was 9/25/2018. Please use By-Fax Application instead
2018 Mayor & Assembly Declaration of Candidacy/Nomination Petition Packet – Updated Form as of 8/2/2018
For additional assistance regarding any Municipal Election, please do not hesitate to contact:
CBJ Clerk’s Office
155 South Seward Street, Room 202
Juneau, AK 99801
Telephone: (907)586-5278 FAX: (907)586-4550 TDD: (907)586-5351
or via our online form.
If you think you might run for office – or might work for someone who is – our annual FREE Workshop on How to Run for Local Office will provide you with everything you need to know about running for an Assembly or School Board seat, or serving on a CBJ Board or Commission. The 2020 Workshop is scheduled as a Virtual Seminar from 9am to 1:30pm on Saturday, July 18, 2020. To register and receive more information or use this online form below. If you have questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org
To participate in the workshop, registration is required. Register online at http://juneaulwv.org/run/
At the Seminar potential candidates, their campaign helpers, or others who may only be thinking about running in the future, learn all about what the jobs entail, deciding and preparing to run, how to get elected, and what happens if/when you win. Each attendee will have access to a full ToolKit of information, including election requirements, the forms that have to be filed as well as many other resources for planning to make a run for the Assembly or School Board.
If you want to refer to the materials from past workshops, below are the Toolkit from the 2019 and 2018 workshops along with helpful links to State of Alaska websites and information are linked below.
2020 Toolkit – How to Run For Local Office Handbook
- 2019 Toolkit – How to Run For Local Office Handbook:
- 2018-Toolkit – How to Run For Local Office Handbook
- Link to Filing a Candidate Public Official Financial Disclosure Statement (required to run for office)