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Citizen Petitions – Initiative & Referendum Petitions under review; Recall Petitions due June 10

Initiative Petition Booklets 2021 Petitioner Committees for the Ship-Free Saturday Initiative and the Repeal Ordinance 2023-24 Referendum petitions were issued petition books on Tuesday, April 30, 2024 and returned the petitions on Thursday, May 30, 2024. Each petition is required to have 2,359 signatures for the Municipal Clerk’s office to certify them. Per CBJ Charter, Clerk staff has 10 calendar days in which to review all the signatures submitted and either certify a petition or deem it insufficient. In the event it is deemed insufficient, the petition committee may be issued supplemental petition books and have an additional 10 calendar days to collect supplemental signatures. Following submission of the supplemental petitions, Clerk staff will then have 10 additional days by which to certify or reject the petition. In other petition news, there are currently two petitions to recall School Board President Deedie Sorensen and Vice-President Emil Mackey circulating in the community and due to be submitted to the Clerk’s office by Monday, June 10. Those petitions will go through a similar review and timing process as outlined above. Decisions and complete details for each individual petition and the petition process in general can be found on the Municipal Clerk’s Elections webpage at https://juneau.org/clerk/elections . For voters who are interested in signing petitions but don’t know if they are a qualified Juneau registered voter, they can check their voter registration status on the State of Alaska Division of Election’s website at https://myvoterinformation.alaska.gov/[…]

Additional Information

The Municipal Clerk’s Office approved the following initiative and referendum petitions to move to the signature gathering phase. The petition booklets were dispersed to their Petitioner Committees on Tuesday, April 30 and received back in the Clerk’s Office by Thursday, May 30th. Clerk staff has finished the initial review of the initative and referendum petitions on Sunday, June 9. Neither petition had a sufficient number of signatures to meet the minimum 2,359 signatures of qualified Juneau voters for their question to appear on the October 1, 2024 Regular Municipal Election ballot. Each group is being issued supplemental petition booklets on June 10 and will have 10 days to collect supplemental signatures and are due to return those signatures to the Clerk’s office by Thursday, June 20. Copies of the letters to each petition committee regarding their particular petition can be found below.

The Municipal Clerk’s Office denied the following initiative petitions for being in the improper form.

The following petition was withdrawn:

The following were the dates to file an Initiative Petition or Referendum Petition Affidavit to appear on the October 1, 2024 Regular Municipal Election.

Initiative Petition Filing Period March 26 – April 9
Referendum Petition Filing Period April 9 – April 24

Resource Documents:

One April 3, 2024, the Municipal Clerk’s Office received a finalized Affidavit and Application from a Petitioner’s Committee for the Recall of School Board President Deedie Sorensen and Vice President Emily Mackey. In consultation with the CBJ Law Department, the Municipal Clerk has approved, in part, both applications based on one of the grounds listed in the application.

Petition Booklets were issued to the Petitioner’s Committee on Wednesday, April 10 and the committee has 60 days (by Monday, June 10) in which to obtain the signatures of, at minimum, 2,359 qualified Juneau voters on each petition in order for each petition to become certified.

Depending on the timing of the petition submission and certification, these recall questions may require the calling of a Special Election or it may be placed on the next regular Municipal Election to be held on Tuesday, October 1, 2024. AS 29.26.310-320 sets out the process by which a Special Election is called and the parameters under which the timing is determined.

Copies of the relevant petition documents can be found below:

Candidate Filing Period

This year the following seats are on the October 1, 2024 Regular Municipal Election Ballot:

  • Mayor
  • Assemblymember – District 1 (one seat)
  • Assemblymember – District 2 (one seat)
  • Board of Education/School Board (three seats)

Candidate Filing Period opens at 8:00am on Friday, July 12 and closes at 4:30pm on Monday, July 22, 2024.

Candidates must turn in the following paperwork to the Clerk’s Office:

Candidate Resources

The following resources were put together in advance of the May 11, 2024 How to Run For Local Office Workshop.

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

We strongly recommend that potential candidates spend time on the Alaska Public Office Commission (APOC)’s website.

Important Dates:

The CBJ Regular Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday October 1, 2024. Ballots will be mailed to voters on Thursday, September 12.

The last day to register to vote or update your address for this election is September 1, 2024. Ballots will be sent to the mailing address on file with the State of Alaska Division of Elections. You can register to vote or update your address here: https://voterregistration.alaska.gov/

Options if you are out of town September 12 – October 1:

Temporary Address Application. We will mail your ballot to a different address. Apply early — preferably by August 27. The last day to submit this application is September 24. Return ballots must be postmarked by October 1, 2024 and received by October 14.

Eballot/Fax Application. We will email or fax you a ballot, starting September 18 (approximately). You must print out the ballot to mark it. We cannot accept digitally altered ballots. The last day to submit this application is Monday, September 30 at 5:00pm AKST. Ballots returned by email/fax must arrive before 8:00pm on Election Night, October 1. Ballots mailed back must be postmarked by October 1 and received by October 14.

October 1, 2024 Quick Reference Dates – Working Document (Updated 4/23/2024, subject to change)

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

Voting “By Mail” is a ballot delivery system where ballots are mailed to Juneau eligible voters at their mailing address and voters can vote from the convenience of their home. Vote By Mail systems contrast to poll-based voting, where ballots are distributed to various polling locations. Ballots for the 2024 Regular Municipal Election are scheduled to be mailed out on September 12, 2024. Voters have many options for returning their mailed ballots during the 2-week period through Election Day, October 1, including:

  • Voters may return their ballot by placing them in a secure drop box
  • Voters may return their ballot to one of two Juneau Vote Centers
  • Voters may return their ballot by mail through the U.S. Postal Service using first class postage

Can I vote in person?

Yes. You may vote in person at one of two Vote Centers.

Unlike the State of Alaska Division of Elections, local CBJ Elections are not conducted at polling precinct locations on Election Day.

In all cases, marked ballots are placed in a ballot return envelope and a secure ballot box for processing at the Thane Ballot Processing Center. Traditional precinct polling locations are not open and are not an option for voting on Election Day.

What are the policies and procedures used by Election Officials to conduct a By Mail Election?

The Election Policies and Procedures (P&P) are all based on CBJ Code 29.07. 

The full Policies and Procedures (P&P) with all its appendices, takes up a 2 inch 3-ring binder and it is available to view in person at the Thane Ballot Processing Center. The public is welcome to come out and observe the Election Teams working at the Thane Ballot Processing Center (BPC) located at 1325 Eastaugh Way, Monday through Friday 9am-4pm.  Depending on the workload, additional election worker teams and shifts may be added as we get closer to Election Day (10/1) and review by the Canvass Review Board 10/14-15.

I’m out of town during the entire election time. What are my options?

You have two options. You can apply to receive a ballot by postal mail at a temporary address or apply to receive an e-ballot by fax or email.

Postal mail to a temporary address: Apply as soon as possible by filling out the 2024 CBJ Temporary Address Application. The last day to apply to receive your ballot at a temporary address is Tuesday, September 24, 2024. Ballots returned through the mail must be legibly postmarked no later than Election Day, October 1, 2024 and received by the Clerk’s Office no later than the beginning of the Canvass Review Board process on Monday, October 14, 2024.

E-Ballot: Apply as soon as possible by filling out the 2024 CBJ Application for a Fax/E-ballot. Applications for fax/E-ballot must be received by the Clerk’s Office by 5:00 p.m. AKST Monday, September 30, 2024. Ballots returned by fax or email must arrive by 8:00 p.m. AKST on Election Day, Tuesday, October 1, 2024.

I need accommodations to vote. What are my options?

ADA and HAVA (Help America Vote Act)-compliant voting machines are available at Vote Centers from September 16 through Election Day, October 1. These machines allow users to vote with an audio ballot, tactile interface, or sip-and-puff and are available to all registered voters.

If you did not receive a ballot in the mail and are unable to vote in person due to age, illness, or disability a personal representative may pick up and deliver a ballot for you (called “Special Needs Voting”). Your personal representative can assist you in any step of the voting process and can be anyone except for candidates, your employer, agents of your employer, or officers or an agent of your union. Special Needs Voting ballots are available starting Monday, September 16 at both Vote Centers and must be returned by 8:00 p.m. AKST on Election Day, October 1.

Can someone come and watch the ballot review process?

Yes, KTOO Radio has put together this video showcasing the process at the Thane Ballot Processing Center. Members of the public are welcome to come and watch the ballot review process in person at the Thane Ballot Processing Center located at 1325 Eastaugh Way (behind the tour buses). Election staff will be present Monday-Friday 9am-4pm and there may be some additional hours on days like Election Day and others as the workload requires.

When will election results be available?

Ballots scanning and adjudication will take place on Election Day after the close of the Vote Centers and Drop Boxes at 8:00p.m. It is likely that the Preliminary “Unofficial” results will be posted sometime after 10p.m. on Election Day, October 1. Updated unofficial results will be periodically published on this website prior to and during the review of the returns until the Canvass Review Board and the Election Official certify the election, currently scheduled for Tuesday October 15. Certification of the election may be postponed up to 3 days on a day-to-day basis as necessary.

What votes will be included in the totals reported on Election Night?

The numbers reported on Election Night will include ballot return envelopes that were received before Election Day and have been reviewed and approved for counting. Ballots returned on Election Day will be processed after Election Day and will be reported in updated results in subsequent days.

Do I have to pay postage to return my ballot?

If you are returning your ballot through USPS you need to pay first class postage. You may also choose to return your ballot in a secure drop box or Vote Center, and if so, you do not need to add postage.

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.”

I’ve already mailed my ballot or dropped it off in the drop box, is there anything I can do to change my vote now?

Once you’ve turned in or mailed your ballot, it is considered cast and it cannot be re-voted. If you have already mailed in or deposited your ballot at one of the drop boxes or vote centers, we cannot issue you a replacement ballot.

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. 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 (Date of Birth, 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 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 moved and forgot to update my voter registration, will my ballot be mailed to my old address and will someone else be able to vote it?

Your ballot is not forwarded to your new address, but each signature on a returned ballot envelope is reviewed by two trained election officials to ensure that your ballot isn’t voted by another person. If you move, forgot to update your voter registration, and didn’t receive your ballot in the mail, you can call 907-586-5278 for assistance. We recommend you go to a Juneau Vote Center to vote a questioned by-mail ballot package in person. You will be required to provide identification and a signature so we can verify your identity.  By voting a questioned ballot at a Vote Center, this also serves as a means to update your address on file with the State of Alaska Division of Elections.

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

If you receive a ballot that is not addressed to you or anyone in your household, 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 is the first step in updating the voter registration list. Those voters can still vote a questioned ballot in person or request a ballot to a temporary address. Thanks for helping the State of Alaska Division of Elections update the voter registration list!

What if I moved out of Juneau and forgot to update or cancel my voter registration?
You will need to cancel your voter registration 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.

How do I know that my ballot will remain secret since I have to put my signature and personal identifier on the return ballot envelope?

The by mail election process requires us to issue a return ballot envelope that has your name and a unique bar code on it so we can make sure that everyone only votes once.  When you vote your ballot, you place that ballot into the secrecy sleeve and that packet is then enclosed in your return ballot envelope. If a ballot without the signature envelope is returned it is not eligible for counting and will be rejected.

Once we receive your return ballot envelope with the secrecy sleeve and ballot inside, we scan the return ballot envelope to ensure no other ballot issued under that name and bar code has been received and processed. It then goes through a voter eligibility/signature review process and is forwarded to a 3 person team who open and remove the ballots from the return ballot envelope. The 3 person Opening/Counting Team sits around a square table and uses the following methods to ensure the privacy/secret ballot for all voters:

  • Team members count and double count each sealed ballot return envelope in a batch to ensure it matches the total number of returned envelopes processed in each batch;
  • Team members then slice open the return ballot envelopes in preparation for opening and ballot removal;
  • Team member 1 places all return ballot envelopes on the table with the names/signatures face down so the election workers are only looking at the side of the envelope that has the CBJ P.O. Box Mailing Address on it;
  • Team member 1 then removes the secrecy sleeve with ballot enclosed from the return ballot envelope and hands the secrecy sleeve and ballot to Team member 2; Team member 1 places the empty return ballot envelope in a stack with the PO Box address side-up;
  • Team member 2 removes the folded ballot from the secrecy sleeve and passes the folded ballot to Team member 3; Team member 2 places the empty secrecy sleeves into a stack on the table away from Team member 3;
  • Team member 3 unfolds the ballots and places them in a bin in the middle of the table;
  • After confirming the number of ballots match the number of envelopes, the tray is placed in a secure cage ready for the ballot scanning/tabulation/adjudication steps that will take place after 8pm Election Day through certification of the election.

Where is the new Juneau Ballot Processing Center located?

The new City and Borough of Juneau Ballot Processing Center (BPC) is in a grey warehouse located at 1325 Eastaugh Way which is located just off Thane Road and behind the tour bus parking lot.

When did CBJ first consider By Mail voting? 

  • 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.
  • In 2021, the CBJ Assembly appropriated funds for the creation of the new CBJ Ballot Processing Center so that all CBJ election ballot processing could be conducted in Juneau.
  • In 2023, the Assembly directed staff to make all the necessary code changes to make by mail voting the default method for conducting CBJ elections. On May 17 the CBJ Assembly adopted Ordinance 2023-24 An Ordinance Amending The Elections Code Relating to Elections Procedures, which directs the Election Official to conduct all elections by mail, unless otherwise directed by the Assembly.

We Want You! Uncle Sam ImageTo be eligible to vote in the City and Borough of Juneau, voters 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 Annex, Monday – Friday
  • Municipal Building, 155 Heritage Way, Clerk’s Office Room 214/215, 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.

I am not yet 18 years old but will turn 18 before Election Day, can I register to vote?

In accordance with Alaska Statute 15.07.040, a person under 18 years of age may register at any time within 90 days immediately preceding the person’s 18th birthday. However, they may not vote or participate in the election process, such as signing a petition as a registered voter, until their 18th birthday.

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

For additional assistance regarding any Municipal Election, please do not hesitate to contact:

CBJ Clerk’s Office
155 Heritage Way
Juneau, AK 99801
Telephone: (907)586-5278 FAX: (907)586-4550 TDD: (907)586-5351
[email protected]

  • 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:

    • Unlit political signs up to thirty-two square feet each may be displayed on private property.
    • Signs may be installed ninety days prior to the election and shall be removed within five working days after the election.
    • Political signs not relating to a specific election shall be limited to ninety days within one calendar year.
    • Unlit political signs of up to four square feet may be displayed on private property up to two hundred seventy days prior to the election and shall be removed within five working days after the election.
    • 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 the 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 three weeks prior to Election Day, 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)]

Election Workers Wanted!

Are you a civic-minded, hardworking Juneau resident interested in your local elections? Come work for us! We have a variety of jobs with different time commitments, locations, and task requirements. For the 2024 election, we will be paying $20.28 per hour.

Contact Deputy Municipal Clerk Andi Hirsh at [email protected] or [email protected], or 907-586-5278 to learn more.

Election Worker Qualifications

  • registered to vote in Juneau;
  • 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 a ballot petition that appears on the municipal ballot.  In addition, an election worker cannot have a familial relationship with a candidate on the municipal ballot or a familial relationship with a member of a petitioner’s committee. 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.