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October 5, 2021 Ballots Being Mailed Today (9/14/21)

 

Ballot Drop Box - Auke Bay

Ballots for CBJ’s October 5 Municipal Election are being mailed to all qualified registered voters Tuesday, September 14. Be on the lookout for your ballot in the coming days! There are 3 ways to cast your ballot:

  • Starting Sept. 16, place your ballot in a Secure Ballot Drop Box outside the Douglas Library/Fire Hall Community Building or the Statter Harbor BOAT LAUNCH parking lot (Not the Harbor Office Parking Lot); or
  • Starting Sept. 20, take your ballot to a Juneau Vote Center located at City Hall in the Assembly Chambers or the Mendenhall Valley Public Library; or
  • Mail your ballot through the U.S. Postal Service no later than Election Day, October 5; no stamp required but getting it postmark is highly recommended.

Need assistance with voting? Please send an email to CBJElections@juneau.org or contact our CBJ Election Call Center 586-5278 option 4. Election staff will be in training and out of the office frequently this week getting things set up for the vote centers to open on Sept. 20 so please leave a message if we don’t answer right away.

Additional Information

All Juneau voters registered by September 5, 2021 will be mailed a ballot to their mailing address on file with the State Division of Elections. Ballots will be mailed out on Tuesday, September 14, 2021.

Notice of Election of the October 5, 2021 Regular Municipal Election

SAMPLE Ballot

2021 Absentee Voting Forms

Will you be traveling during the Municipal Election or do you need your ballot mailed to a different address then the one on file with State Division of Elections?

2021 Temporary Address Application
2021 Fax E-Ballot Application

Juneau Vote Centers

Services available at the Juneau Vote Centers include:

  • Drop off voted ballots
  • Request a New or Replacement Ballot
  • Request voter assistance
  • Register to vote or update voter registration-for future elections.

Vote Center Locations & Hours:

City Hall Assembly Chambers, 155 S. Seward St.
Weekdays, September 20 – October 4: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Election Day, October 5: 7:00 am – 8:00 pm

Mendenhall Valley Public Library, 3025 Dimond Park Loop
Weekdays, September 20 – October 4: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturdays, Sept. 25 & Oct. 2: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Election Day, October 5: 7:00 am – 8:00 pm

Secure Ballot Drop Boxes
Will be open from September 16, 2021 until 8:00 p.m. on October 5, 2021 at the following locations:

Auke Bay-Statter Harbor BOAT LAUNCH Parking Lot
(NOT the Harbor Office parking lot.)
11801 Glacier Hwy, Auke Bay

Ballot Drop Box - Auke Bay

or

Douglas Library/Fire Hall Community Building
1016 3rd Street, Douglas

2021 Candidate Filing Documents

LIST OF CERTIFIED CANDIDATES – UPDATED 9/22/2021 at 3:00 p.m.

This year the following seats will be on the October 5, 2021 Regular Municipal Election Ballot:

  • MAYOR (1 seat)
  • ASSEMBLYMEMBER – DISTRICT 1 (1 seat)
  • ASSEMBLYMEMBER – DISTRICT 2 (1 seat)
  • BOARD OF EDUCATION (School Board Member) (3 seats)

Below are links to the complete packets containing the Declaration of Candidacy form, Nominating Petition, and Official Candidate Statement form for each of the above offices:

What does it mean by this is a “Vote By Mail” Election?

This year’s Vote By Mail Election in being conducted in partnership with the Municipality of Anchorage and the previous 13 polling precincts will NOT be open on Election Day.

  • Rather than having to go to a precinct polling place on Election Day, ballot packages were mailed to all Juneau registered voters on September 14 to their mailing address on file with the State of Alaska Division of Election.
  • Voters can return their fully voted ballot in the return envelope provided via Secure Drop Box, at one of two Vote Centers, or via USPS (postage paid by CBJ).

How was the decision to conduct a Vote by Mail election made?

  • In 2007, the Assembly changed the Election Code to allow for elections to be conducted by mail.
  • In 2020, CBJ partnered with the Municipality of Anchorage to conduct the regular election by mail due to the pandemic. Due to its success and increased voter turnout, CBJ decided to conduct the 2021 Regular Municipal Election in the same way.

What should I do if I receive someone else’s ballot?

If you happen to receive a ballot that is not addressed to you or anyone in your household, you must cross out the address listed on the ballot and write “NOT AT THIS ADDRESS”. Do not open the ballot. Place the unopened ballot back in the mail as a “Return to Sender”. This will notify the Alaska Division of Elections Office that the voter does not reside at that address.

What happens if someone requests a “replacement” ballot and tries to vote twice?

Ballot envelopes are assigned a unique barcode for each individual voter. Upon return, only one ballot envelope from any voter is accepted – the first one in. Others are rejected. Ballots in an envelope with no barcode are rejected. Voting more than once in the same election, with the intent that your vote be counted more than once, is voter misconduct in the first degree under Alaska Statutes 15.56.040. Voter misconduct in the first degree is a class C felony.

What happens if someone intercepts my mail and votes my ballot?

When voting a ballot, you will be required to sign the Voter Certification and place a personal identifier (DOB, AKDL, Voter ID#, or last 4 digits of SSN) on the return ballot envelope.

If you are casting your ballot at a Vote Center, you will be asked to show ID to verify your identity.

If the ballot is returned via mail or drop box, your signature on the return ballot envelope is compared to your signatures already on file with the State of Alaska – e.g. your registration document, prior election materials, motor vehicle transactions, PFD application, etc.

Election officials who adjudicate signatures are trained with techniques used to identify matches and forgeries. If two trained election officials agree that the signature doesn’t match, you will be contacted by mail and provided an opportunity to cure the discrepancy.

If I move and forget to update my voter registration, will my ballot be mailed to my old address and will someone else be able to vote it?

Your Vote By Mail ballot is not forwarded to your new address. As mentioned above, the identification of the voter voting a ballot is verified either at a Vote Center or via signature review process. If you move, forget to update your voter registration, and don’t receive your ballot in the mail, you can call 907-586-5278 (option 4) or print the application from the website at www.juneau.org/elections to request an application for a ballot package to be mailed to a temporary address. Alternatively, you may go to a Juneau Vote Center to obtain a ballot package in person. You will be required to provide identification and a signature so we can verify your identity. When a new ballot package is issued to you, your previous ballot package will be voided, which is another way for election officials to tell that if it is returned, it wasn’t voted by you.

What if I moved out of Juneau and forgot to update my voter registration?
You will need to cancel your voter registrations through the State of Alaska/Division of Elections, they oversee the voter rolls. https://www.elections.alaska.gov/Core/cancelyouralaskavoterregistration.php or call the Division of Elections at 907-465-3021 or toll-free: 1-866-948-8683.

Can I vote by fax or email?

Yes. You must apply to vote by fax or electronic transmission. Print the application from the website at www.juneau.org/elections or call the CBJ Election Center at 907-586-5278 (option 4) or send an email to cbjelections@juneau.org to request an application for a Fax/e-ballot. Complete and return the application to CBJ Elections by 5:00 p.m. AKDT on October 4, 2021. Instructions are included with the application. Applications received after this date will not be processed.

What if I make a mistake while marking my ballot?

The ballot packet contains instructions about how to correct mistakes while marking your ballot. If you make a mistake on your ballot, you can request a replacement ballot from the Vote Center or you can correct it by striking through the oval and the candidate’s name or proposition answer that you do not want to vote for and filling in the oval beside the candidate or proposition you do wish to vote for write next to it “Valid vote for Candidate Name” or “Valid vote for “(Yes or No)” on Prop 1.”

How do I find information on the Candidates and are there any write-in Candidates?

  • The list of Certified Candidates (and certified write-in candidates) is available on the CBJ elections webpage at https://juneau.org/clerk/clerk-certified-municipal-candidates-2021
  • Certified Candidates have the opportunity to post an optional Candidate Profile on the above webpage. Certified write-in candidates are listed on the webpage but do not have the option to submit an online Candidate Profile.
  • Other information about candidates can be found on a variety of local media websites as well as the candidate’s webpages, if they have one.
  • At this time, there has been one individual certified as a write-in candidate. Anyone wishing to run as a write in candidate has to file a Notice of Intent to be a Write-In Candidate form with the Municipal Clerk a minimum of 5 days prior to Election Day.
  • Election workers are not at liberty to discuss people or issues on the ballot, including the names of any write-in candidates, but election workers can direct voters to the Candidate webpage for a list of those candidates who have been certified as write-in candidates.

When will election results be available?

Unlike poll-based elections, preliminary “unofficial” results during By Mail Elections will not be available on Election Day.

All ballot return envelopes will be processed at the Anchorage Election Center by trained election officials according to a contractual agreement between the City and Borough of Juneau and the Municipality of Anchorage, which has conducted several successful by mail elections. A preliminary tally of all ballot return envelopes received through the mail, at Juneau Vote Centers and in the secure drop boxes is expected to be available on Friday, October 8 or Monday, October 11 as “unofficial results.” Review work will continue on mailed ballots and additional “unofficial results” will be posted online between then and October 15, 2021. The Canvass Review Board will meet on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 to review all the previous election work and to certify the “official results” and the election.

Following the current CBJ COVID Protocols, all individuals entering CBJ facilities are required to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status.  If a voter is not willing or able to wear a mask inside the facility, Vote Center workers will ask that they step outside to be assisted or they can contact the Election Official (Beth McEwen) at 586-5278 x 4175 for further assistance. No voters will be denied their right to vote due to inability to follow COVID protocols.

We Want You! Uncle Sam ImageTo be eligible to vote in the City and Borough of Juneau, you must register 30 days prior to the municipal election, at an address within the City and Borough of Juneau.

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
  • Check your Voter Registration status or apply on-line at https://myvoterinformation.alaska.gov/

What if I moved out of Juneau and forgot to update my voter registration?
You will need to cancel your voter registrations through the State of Alaska/Division of Elections, they oversee the voter rolls. https://www.elections.alaska.gov/Core/cancelyouralaskavoterregistration.php or call the Division of Elections at 907-465-3021 or toll-free: 1-866-948-8683.

If you have any questions, please contact the State Division of Elections directly at 907-465-3021.

Workshop on How to Run for Local Office was held virtually on June 12, 2021

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 provides you with everything you need to know about running for Mayor, Assembly or School Board, or serving on a CBJ Board or Commission. The 2021 Workshop was a Virtual Seminar held on Saturday, June 12, 2021 from 9am-1:15pm.  If you have questions, email runforoffice.lwvj@gmail.com

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 has 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.

The 2021 Toolkit is linked below along with helpful links to State of Alaska websites and information.

2021 Toolkit – How to Run For Local Office Handbook

1) How to Run – Introduction
2) How to Run – The Job
3) How to Run – Legal Requirements
4) How to Run – Campaigns
5) How to Run – Preparing to Run

Link to Filing a Candidate Public Official Financial Disclosure Statement (required to run for office)

Alaska Public Offices Commission Link for Public Official Financial Disclosure Forms

Alaska Public Offices Commission Link for Campaign Disclosure Forms

Step – by – Step Guide to filing an APOC POFD

APOC Candidate Training Resources

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2021 Candidate Filing Documents

This year the following seats will be on the October 5, 2021 Regular Municipal Election Ballot:

  • MAYOR (1 seat)
  • ASSEMBLYMEMBER – DISTRICT 1 (1 seat)
  • ASSEMBLYMEMBER – DISTRICT 2 (1 seat)
  • BOARD OF EDUCATION (School Board Member) (3 seats)

Below are links to the complete packets containing the Declaration of Candidacy form, Nominating Petition, and Official Candidate Statement form for each of the above offices:

On May 3, 2021, the Municipal Clerk’s office received and approved three (3) Petitioner Committee Affidavits for the issuance of petition booklets for the following Charter Amendments:

Initiative Short Title: Limit Cruise Ship Hours

Initiative Short Title: Ship Free Saturdays

Initiative Short Title: Cruise Ship Size Limit

Copies of each of the three cruise ship related Charter Amendment Affidavits are linked above. Below are copies of the letter from the Municipal Clerk to the Petitioners Committees as well as a copy of Municipal Attorney Robert Palmer’s memo to the Clerk regarding legal review.

May 3, 2021 Municipal Clerk McEwen’s Letter of Instructions to Petitioners Committees

April 30, 2021 Municipal Attorney Palmer’s memo to Municipal Clerk

June 2, 2021 Letter to Assembly from Karla Hart on behalf of the Petitioner’s Committee (Juneau Cruise Control Board) in place of submitting the three Charter Amendment Petition Booklets.

In a separate matter, the following Petitioner Committee Affidavit for an Initiative Petition was filed with the Municipal Clerk’s Office.

Initiative Short Title: Vote By Mail Only During a Public Health Emergency

On Monday, May 10, 2021, the above initiative petition related to Vote By Mail elections was withdrawn by the petitioner committee’s representative.

Click Here for the Petition Process Flow Chart

  • POLITICAL SIGNS & CBJ SIGN ORDINANCE INFO
    • 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. The State of Alaska Department of Transportation updated their sign rules in 2018. Please see the complete details regarding those requirements on their website at https://dot.alaska.gov/stwddes/dcsrow/campaignsigns.shtml
    • Questions regarding this may be directed to Right-of-Way Agent, AK DOT, 465-4546.
    • Starting September 16 when the Secure Ballot Drop Boxes open, no signs are to be displayed within 200 feet of any entrance to the Vote Centers or in proximity of one of the Secure Drop Boxes. [During the hours the polls are open, a person who is in the polling place or within 200 feet of any entrance to the polling place may not attempt to persuade a person to vote for or against a candidate, proposition, or question. (AS 15.15.170)]

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
city.clerk@juneau.org 

Election Workers Wanted!

In 2021, we will again be partnering with the Municipality of Anchorage to conduct this year’s October 5, 2021 Regular Municipal Election and it will still require the work of some dedicated Juneau citizens to make this work. We are hoping to find some civic minded, hard working election workers to once again assist Juneau voters in conducting this year’s election. Over the course of the next few months, we will be hiring/re-hiring election workers for a wide variety of tasks. Some of the positions include:

  • Election Call Center Workers
  • Vote Center Workers
  • Ballot Drop Box Teams
  • Absentee and Canvass Review Board Workers
  • 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 neutral/non-partisan fashion.

An election worker should not work or volunteer on the campaign of a candidate or an ballot initiative that may appear 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 for any of our election positions, is encouraged to contact Municipal Clerk Beth McEwen at 907-586-5278 or send an email to City.Clerk@juneau.org.  Pay for election workers varies depending on the particular job and duties involved. Interested individuals will be asked to submit an updated CBJ job application available on our website at https://juneau.org/human-resources/employment-opportunities.