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No shows: So far, voter turnout in Anchorage is low compared to last year

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Voter turnout in Anchorage shows a 33 percent drop from the same time last year.

In 2020, there was not a mayoral race, but there was a controversial alcohol tax, a much-debated school bond measure, and some standard school board seats. In the end, 31 percent of voters took part, casting 71,382 votes total, which was a high for a non-mayoral election.

At seven days before the end of the election in 2020, some 40,875 voters had cast ballots. This year, only 24,315 have done so, as of Tuesday night. That leaves about 16,500 voters who are either hanging onto their ballots or who are just not interested.

Anchorage went to a mail-in or drop-box balloting method in 2018, and that year set a record for turnout that has not been matched since.

If you have not received your ballot, call the Voter Hotline at 907-243-VOTE (8683) to request a replacement ballot. You’ll need to provide an address and some identifying information (birthdate, voter ID number, or last four digits of your social security number).

All ballot envelopes must be postmarked on or before Election Day, or returned to a drop box or accessible vote center by 8 pm April 6.

Drop box locations for April 6, 2021 Election:

Anchorage Vote Center

If you need assistance voting, or if you need to replace a lost or damaged ballot, or if you didn’t receive a ballot, you can use the in-person option.

Locations:

City Hall
632 West 6th Avenue, Room #155

Weekdays, March 29 – April 5, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 3, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, April 4, noon – 5 p.m.
Election Day, April 6, 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
All Municipal ballots will be available at this location. 

Eagle River Town Center 
12001 Business Boulevard, Community Room #170
(same building as the library)

Weekdays, March 29 – April 5, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 3, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, April 4, noon – 5 p.m.
Election Day, April 6, 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Only Chugiak-Eagle River ballots will be available at this location. 

Loussac Library
3600 Denali Street, First Floor, Assembly Chambers
Weekdays, March 29 – April 5, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 3, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, April 4, noon – 5 p.m.
Election Day, April 6, 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
All Municipal ballots will be available at this location.

Candidates for office are as follows:

Mayoral Candidates:

     Evans, Bill – Filed 01/15/2021

     Swank, Albert L., Jr. – Filed 01/29/2021

     Martinez, George – Filed 01/15/2021

     Momin, Reza – Filed 01/27/2021

     Falsey, Bill – Filed 01/15/2021

     Herndon, Heather – Filed 01/19/2021

     Anthony, Anna – Filed 01/29/2021

     Bronson, David – Filed 01/15/2021

     Brown, Jeffrey – Filed 01/29/2021

     Versteeg, Jacob – Filed 01/29/2021

     Robbins, Mike – Filed 01/15/2021

     Dunbar, Forrest – Filed 01/15/2021

     Colbry, Darin – Filed 01/15/2021

     Westfall, Joe – Filed 01/27/2021

     Kern, Jacob Seth – Filed 01/25/2021

School Board Candidates:

SCHOOL BOARD SEAT B (1-YEAR TERM):

     Eledge, Judy Norton – Filed 01/22/2021

     Stewart, Marilyn – Filed 01/27/2021

     Cox, Mark Anthony – Filed 01/27/2021

     Lessens, Kelly – Filed 01/15/2021

SCHOOL BOARD SEAT E:

     Higgins, Pat – Filed 01/25/2021

     Hilde, Alisha – Filed 01/15/2021

     Blatchford, Edgar – Filed 01/22/2021

     Blakeslee, Rachel – Filed 01/22/2021 

     Graham, Sami – Filed 01/22/2021

     Williams, Nial Sherwood – Filed 01/29/2021

SCHOOL BOARD SEAT F:

     Sanders, Marcus – Filed 01/20/2021

     Paulson, Kim – Filed 01/22/2021

     Loring, Dan – Filed 01/29/2021

     Wilson, Dora – Filed 01/19/2021

SCHOOL BOARD SEAT G:

     Vakalis, Elisa – Filed 01/29/2021

     Jacobs, Carl – Filed 01/15/2021

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

Latest comments

  • So if there are a lot of votes its clearly fraud.

    Conversely if there are not a lot votes is it not clearly fraud also?

  • Holding my vote till last day. If my guy turns dirty I’ll have time to chang my vote. Voting for mlm…..

  • Voters seem to be declining more every election year. It’s probably all good. I dont want a bunch of brainwashed victimized lefties coming out in force voting for the same lefty leaders antagonizing their misery! If the voter doesn’t know what is up and down who is right and wrong, it’s best if they abstain from voting.

  • Apparently the Left has found a way to intercept and deep-6 ballots coming from conservatives.

  • Mail in voting is a crime it’s so Wrong

  • I believe many people are waiting until election day or close to it to turn in their ballot IN PERSON or to a drop box. I’m not mailing mine or turning it in early…….it’s sad, but I have no faith in what our election process has become. The longer they have your ballot, the more time there is for shenanigans. Until reasonable safeguards are put into place and I’m more confident in the system, that’s how I’ll be voting until we’re back to in person voting!

  • Say what you will about Gabrielle LeDue but that girl could generate some voter interest for certain!
    .
    The most fervent interest this election has been by the legion of registered voters turning up with an aerosol rattle can in their fave color to spatter Mr. Dunbar’s signage. Maybe Mr. Rivera and Mr. Dunbar can work out a timeshare plan for recycling their signage into something useful soon. Is that TP shortage still a thing?

  • Low turnout means Dunbar as mayor, a hard left school board, and a Muni in hell.

    Get out and vote in numbers too big to manipulate or pay the price. Literally

  • Don’t worry. Just wait for the 3am ballot dump on election night. We’ll find out the winner of the mayor race 10 days after election. But just in case the guy we want to win is still behind we’ll just keep counting ballot until we have enough votes.

  • Maybe they’re expecting a mayoral run-off so they think they’ll vote then and skip this one?

    They may miss their chance to vote NO on the propositions we can’t afford.

  • Who can blame voters for not showing up? Dominion voting machines , mail in ballots, biased election officials & incompetent/compromised judges have left a lot of us shell shocked! We are truly a Banana Republic.

  • Have no confidence in anything Muni elected officials say about their easily corruptible mail-in vote scheme…
    .
    Look for truckloads of ballots turning up at the very last minute to make sure no bond or incumbent is accidentally left behind.

  • We have no safe guard in place to ensure our ballotts won’t be changed to the comusocialist Dunbar. That’s how we got stuck with Berkowitz for two terms!!

  • I wouldn’t worry about low turnout…Dominion Voting Systems probably has a setting to fix that.
    All it takes is an untraceable wire transfer to an offshore account and low turnout will only affect the other candidates!
    And don’t worry about that 2020 fiasco…mistakes were made but lessons were learned.
    It takes time and experience to perfect vote fraud schemes but they never stop trying…there’s just too much at stake!

  • I’ve just been procrastinating the agony of figuring out the school board candidates who aren’t union stooges. Voting tomorrow.

  • I wouldn’t be surprised if voter turn out is low because everyone is LEAVING. I see all the property for sale signs when I drive through, hard to vote when you no longer live there….OH WAIT, those will come in a few days after election day.

  • Jovan H. Pulitzer… the man that followed and testified TO the offshoring of our votes in real time. Let’s get him up here to do our “machines”.
    We MUST have accountability in our elections. IMO ALL states that used ANY machine(s) needs to be inspected.
    PAPER BALLOTS, IN PERSON VOTING. Absentee ballots the LAWFUL way, and pull those “mail in” boxes NOW. Rife for fraud.

  • Sounds like the progressives are succeeding. They have sown so much discord and distrust into the system that too many people have just given up. Isn’t that a Cloward-Piven strategy? You can bet that down at AEA and AFL-CIO they are in overtime finishing proper ballots. And of course, when the progressives might lose, ‘just enough’ ballots will drop in the middle of the night for Dunbar and a ‘good’ school board to preserve and expand the status quo. It is disheartening but it sounds like the majority of good little lemmings will just follow along.

  • Oh, Nancy! You are such a Troglodyte. If we can’t trust the progressives to count ballots in secret behind windows blocked by pizza boxes, or in rooms emptied of observers because of a dripping water pipe, who can we trust? Now just wear your phthalate infused mask like a good little lemming and do what the person in the magic box says.

  • Under the current Municipal regime / mail-in voting ridiculousness… Many are holding ballots til the last moment. Little doubt that anything mailed from certain conservative areas of this town are going to be culled. Those that do live in certain conservative parts of town should not mail them and should not have a return address take it down to the hill building make them accept it in person and be nice. Be liberal because that’s who they are and maybe they won’t throw your ballot away. Anything other than in-person paper ballots triple verified by both sides of the aisle… Anything less is corrupt. By the time the bulk of the 30 percent NON TAKERS around here wake up, it will be too late. Most others are of the “wonder what happened crowd” it seems.

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