As of Monday, March 25, approximately 15,665 Anchorage residents have cast their ballots in the Anchorage Municipal Election. The state’s largest city is in its second mail-in election, after launching the program in 2018.
Last year, 79,275 ballots were cast, of the 218,388 registered voters in the Anchorage bowl. This year, about 216,000 ballots were mailed out by the Muni’s Election Office.
Those ballots were printed in Washington state and mailed the week of March 10; they are due back by April 2. With nine days left, another 63,610 voters will need to get busy in order to match last year’s record.
Going door to door in the Fairview neighborhood are canvassers from the progressive Alaska Center (for the Environment), to boost the liberal turnout. Another group is canvassing conservative voters to make sure they vote down the 5 percent alcohol tax proposed by the city to raise money for homeless services.
Mailing your ballot is not the only option. There are secure drop boxes in locations around the city, and they are being emptied by election workers regularly. You can also vote on April 2 in person at limited locations – check the list here.
Need to know more? Check out Must Read Alaska’s previous reports on the municipal election, then go find that ballot in the stack of junk mail — your vote could make the difference.