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Public invited to comment during Aug. 23 Assembly meeting on funding vote-by-mail facility in Juneau

August 20, 2021 – News, Notices for Public Comment

The public will have an opportunity to weigh in on a vote-by-mail proposal during the Monday, August 23 Juneau Assembly meeting. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. Join online at https://juneau.zoom.us/j/91515424903 or call 1-253-215-8782 with Webinar ID: 915 1542 4903. The proposal is to renovate an existing City and Borough of Juneau facility – the Thane Warehouse – and purchase equipment to allow for locally hosted vote-by-mail municipal elections. Read the full agenda packet here.

Within the August 23 Assembly agenda is the introduction of Ordinance 2021-08(b)(am)(D), which would appropriate $700,000 of general funds to configure the Thane Warehouse as a ballot processing center, and fund the purchase and set up of election equipment to operate a locally hosted vote-by-mail election. The work is anticipated to be complete in time to conduct the 2022 municipal election at the new Juneau processing center. Last year and this year, the CBJ municipal vote-by-mail election has and will be hosted at the Municipality of Anchorage facility.

Again, the community is invited to submit public comment during Monday’s Assembly meeting. Community members can comment during the meeting in person (up to eight people will be allowed in the audience seats at City Hall), or through Zoom online (hit the ‘raise hand’ button), or over the phone (press *9 on your phone). Members of the public are also encouraged to email their comments in advance of the meeting to [email protected].

The public will have another opportunity to weigh in during the ordinance’s public hearing, happening at a later date.

For more information, contact City Manager Rorie Watt at [email protected].