Votes in as of Tuesday: 44,351

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In the final report released by the Anchorage Election Office before Election Day, 44,351 people had turned in their ballots.

Over 11,000 voted during the past three days alone in the municipal race that will choose a mayor, three school board seats, and one Assembly seat for Eagle River. A number of bond issues and other questions are on the ballot.

The deadline to vote is 8 p.m. April 2. That’s when the drop boxes will be cleaned out and the in-person voting centers will close. Anyone in line to vote at 8 p.m. will be allowed to vote, however.

The Election Office will post results at about 8:30-9 p.m. at this link. On subsequent days, there will be daily updates. The election is certified on April 23. If there’s a need for a runoff in the mayor’s race, ballots will go out the following week.

Voters may return their voted ballot in one of three ways:  (1) to a secure drop box, (2) to an Anchorage Vote Center (AVC); or (3) by mail, through the US Postal Service with first class postage. 

If you mail your ballot April 2, ask a postal worker to “hand cancel” or place a postmark on the envelope to make sure the ballot counts.

Voters may visit one of the three Anchorage Vote Centers to vote in person if voters lost, damaged, didn’t receive a mailed ballot, or prefer to vote in person. Voters must have proper identification to vote in person at an Anchorage Vote Center.

  • City Hall | 632 West 6th Ave., Room #105
    Election Day, April 2, 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    All Municipal ballots will be available at this location.
     
  • Eagle River Town Center | 12001 Business Blvd., Community Room #170
    Election Day, April 2, 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Only Chugiak-Eagle River ballots will be available at this location.
     
  • Loussac Library | 3600 Denali St., First Floor
    Election Day, April 2, 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    All Municipal ballots will be available at this location.

Return Vvoted ballots to secure drop box:  There are 18 drop boxes throughout the City that are open 24 hours, 7 days-a-week until 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, April 2, 2024. Voters in line at a secure drop box by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day will be allowed to drop off their ballots. Voters can call the Voter Hotline at (907) 243-VOTE (8683) or search the online map of Secure Ballot Drop Box and Anchorage Vote Center Locations at www.muni.org/elections/dropbox to find the location of the closest secure drop box. 

Do you have questions about voting? Visit muni.org/elections or calling the Voter Hotline at (907) 243-VOTE (8683).

15 COMMENTS

  1. Last I checked Anchorage had 400,000 some residents. 44,000 have bothered to vote.

    44,000, and the ballot comes to your freaking house.

    44,000.

    You get the government you deserve Anchorage. In fact, you work damn hard for it.

    • The 2020 Census put Anchorage’s population at 291,247.

      Now lets say that 1/3 are children under 18 or otherwise are not eligible to vote in Muni elections. Think folks registered to vote in other states or convicted felons

      For round numbers sake, lets say that there are 200,000 people eligible to vote in the current Muni election. That is pretty close to what the Muni says they mailed out. Not the 400k that you randomly stated.

      44,000 is 22% of the voting population and that does not include any votes postmarked by today. That total does not include votes dropped in the drop boxes around town today. That total does not include in person voting that took place today.

      All told, while 22% is not good, it is far more than what your numbers state. And it is incomplete information as there are many, like myself, who waited until today to submit their ballot.

      I think when it is all said and done, the total turn out will be closer to 35% than the 22% we are currently at.

    • 2022 Google states 287,145 people in Anchorage. I can’t find number of registered voters in town. Either way, it’s currently a low turnout election. Vote by Mail was sold as means of increasing participation, nah. Where there is no effort, there is no value. Where there is no value, there is less and less activity. And so it is with Vote by Mail.

    • We all now understand better why you normally post exclusively ad hominem references. Objective, researched and factual views aren’t your thing.

  2. I voted in person & refused to put it in the envelope since I was not mailing it.
    My ballot will be torn up I suppose.

  3. I am not waiting anxiously for the next Red Wave. I firmly believe that the next election will be won, not on Election Day, but in the battles fought every day leading up to Election Day. Those who would run our lives fight every day to do so. They manipulate others into focusing on and yearning for a single, “decisive victory” on Election Day, but that is not what they tell each other and their supporters.

    Yes, vote, but don’t stop there. Determine if those who claim to support you in public office actually do (hint: they usually don’t, and won’t until you are just as demanding as those on the left). Weigh in when they abandon you and cow-tow to special interests.

    Pride comes before the fall. Don’t believe the lie that those who suffered under communism, socialism and fascism were your inferiors, that they were somehow less deserving of freedom and you more so.

    Bottom line: We should not expect to see victory in politics until our level of dedication to that victory rivals that of the opposition. Lord have mercy.

  4. I think that I saw only one “Republican” that has “won” so far. Didn’t Biden say that it is who counts the votes that is important? Looks like a lot of Ds “won” their races. Sad.

  5. The April elections have always been a farce. Every looney-left idea gets put on this ballot because they know that it is a low turnout election. Conservatives predicted this would happen when the April elections were proposed and passed. Prophetic? Maybe. Planned? Definitely. These April elections have to go or the speed at which this town circles the toilet bowl will only increase.

  6. The ballots didn’t arrive to the vast majority of voter homes in the Chugiak-Eagle River district. Ponder that for a moment.

    • Chugiak and Eagle River areas need to raise a big stink and press this issue with Division of Elections and Nancy Dahlstrom. How interesting when this area is trying to establish itself as a separate city from Los Anchorage!

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