If there were any year when it would be easy to forget to vote it would be this one.
Plenty of people are still suffering from PTSD as a result of last November’s state and presidential elections and this year’s Anchorage races are thoroughly lackluster.
There are no big initiatives on the ballot and local candidates have barely raised enough money to get on tv and radio with ads. There just isn’t any energy in the electorate or anything really interesting in April 4th’s ballot.
Politicos I have spoken with predict a depressingly low voter turnout of 15-20%.
All of this means if for some reason you are one of the few civically engaged enough to still get up off your couch and vote, you probably want to do it sooner rather than later. If you don’t, you might just fall victim to the general malaise of Anchorage voters and find something better to do.
The good news is, you no longer have to wait. Early voting is now officially open.
Here is a statement from the Muni Clerk’s office:
The Clerk’s Office announces that Early and Absentee In-Person voting has begun for the April 4, 2017 Regular Municipal Election. Early and Absentee In-Person voting began this morning at the Loussac Library in the Wilda Marston Theater, and at City Hall on Monday, March 20, 2017. Voting at the Loussac Library will be in the Wilda Marston Theater instead of the ground floor lobby due to the Library construction. Early and Absentee In-Person voting begins at the Chugiak Senior Center next Monday, March 28, 2016.
On Election Day, April 4, 2017, voters are encouraged to vote at their home precinct or at an Early and Absentee In-Person location. Absentee In-Person voting is available on Election Day at the UAA Student Union, the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Loussac Library in the Wilda Marston Theater, and new, this year, at City Hall.
Individuals who are unable to vote early or vote at their precinct on Election Day may visit www.muni.org/elections to request a ballot by mail or fax. For more information about the April 4,2017 Regular Municipal Election, please visit www.muni.org/elections to download the League of Women Voters Ballot Review, or call 907-243-VOTE, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amanda K. Moser, Deputy Clerk-Elections Barbara A. Jones, Municipal Clerk
Phone: 907-343-4314 Phone: 907-343-4312