Votes slowly trickle in as Anchorage residents finally start seeing ballots in their mailboxes

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It’s been a painful election so far. Campaigns have wasted money trying to reach voters at the same time their ballots were to have arrived in their mailboxes. And those ballots were delayed by several days, as evidenced by the number received by the Anchorage Election Office.

The ballots were supposed to be mailed no later than March 15, but many were, for reasons unexplained, stuck in a post office in Everett, Washington, where they had been dropped off by the printer.

By March 16, there had been no ballots received. Then, they started to trickle: Six were received by March 17, and that number grew to 18 by March 28, and 209 by March 21.

Normally, thousands of ballots would have been received by then.

As of Wednesday, March 23, a grand total of 4,340 marked ballots had been received by the Election Office. That is out of 210,000 ballots that were mailed, or about 2 percent of the ballots that are available.

Anchorage does an all-mail-in election for its municipal election, which includes secure drop boxes around town and a possibility of voting in person at the Election Office at Ship Creek.

All ballots must be postmarked or placed in a secure drop box by April 5.

Secure drop boxes can be found:

  • Anchorage School District Education Center – 5530 East Northern Lights Boulevard
  • Bartlett High School – 1101 Golden Bear Drive
  • Begich Middle School – 7440 Creekside Center Drive
  • City Hall – 632 West 6th Avenue
  • Clark Middle School – 150 Bragaw Street
  • Dimond High School – 2909 West 88th Avenue
  • Election Center – 619 East Ship Creek Avenue
  • Fairview Community Recreation Center – 1121 East 10th Avenue
  • Loussac Library – 3600 Denali Street
  • O’Malley’s on the Green – 3651 O’Malley Road
  • Planning and Development Center (MOA Permit Center) – 4700 Elmore Road
  • Service High School – 5577 Abbott Road
  • South Anchorage High School – 13400 Elmore Road
  • Spenard Community Recreation Center – 2020 West 48th Avenue
  • UAA Alaska Airlines Center – 3550 Providence Drive
  • West Anchorage High School – 1700 Hillcrest Drive
  • Eagle River Town Center – 12001 Business Boulevard 
  • Girdwood Community Center – 250 Egloff Drive

Other Regular Municipal Election Locations and times, starting March 28:

CITY HALL

632 West 6th Avenue, Room #155

All Municipal ballots available at this location.
Weekdays, March 28 – April 4, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 2, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, April 3, Noon – 5 p.m.
Election Day, April 5, 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

EAGLE RIVER TOWN CENTER

12001 Business Boulevard, Community Room #170 

Only Chugiak-Eagle River ballots available at this location.
Weekdays, March 28 – April 4, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 2, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, April 3, Noon – 5 p.m.
Election Day, April 5, 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

LOUSSAC LIBRARY

3600 Denali Street

All Municipal ballots available at this location.
Weekdays, March 28 – April 4, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 2, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, April 3, Noon – 5 p.m.
Election Day, April 5, 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Official information about the election is at this link.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Have you tried to mail anything recently? The USPS is experiencing delays. Much like the other couriers (such as USPS and FedEx). Unless you live under a rock, this shouldn’t come as a surprise.

    Can you please stop with the fear-mongering? It is detrimental to our democracy.

    Oh and let me guess if your conservative candidates win then there’s no fraud or anything suspicious. But if a progressive candidate wins (and most likely will) then it’s fraud?

    • I mail about 100-150 packages a month very few delays since around the middle of January they’ve pretty well caught up.

      when you speak of fear mongering perhaps you should check out oh IDK C.19 propaganda, coverage of Russia and Jan. 6th hype. all much more ”detrimental to our democracy”

      peace be with you

  2. Golly, between the delay in ballot delivery, the unmanned drop boxes, the unsecured and 3-4 hours unobserved voting location in-person, will any of us be surprised if the end result is status quo?

  3. The one thing president trump should have done declare martial Law for election integrity alone. It’s the vote counter who has got us all. I knew the citizens were voting oath integrity all along we all talk the day after a election. It’s the vote counter. Name them all please. Name the vote counter name name name. Oath integrity so help me GOD. Vote counter

  4. Thank you for the info on where to drop off ballots, I couldn’t find this info on the MOA elections website…
    Also, I received 3 ballots: one for me and 2 for other people… Just voted mine and returned the others but could have easily voted the other 2.

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