The Anchorage Election Commission will take a second look at ballots that have been initially rejected by election officials after polls close on May 11 in Anchorage. The process is sometimes called the “election canvass.”
Anchorage residents have until 8 pm to get their ballots into a drop box or to vote in person on Tuesday. If they mail their ballots later than Sunday, they’ll want to get a hand cancellation done at the Post Office to ensure the ballot has been received in time.
Unofficial results are usually available by 9:30 pm on election night. To receive a text alert when the Results webpage at www.muni.org is updated, text “start” to 1-907-312-1012.
The Election Commission’s canvass will on occur either on Friday, May 16 or as late as Friday, May 21. The election is certified by the Assembly on Tuesday, May 25. A new mayor is sworn in on July 1, with the month of June designated by the Municipal Charter as a transition period.
Voters whose ballot have been challenged have received cure letters and must return the requested information before the canvass for their ballot to be counted. The cure-letter response must be mailed or taken in person to the election center at Ship Creek.
As the Election Commission members are appointed by the mayor, the current members were all appointed by former Mayor Ethan Berkowitz. They include:
- Joyce Anderson, nonpartisan. President, Anchorage League of Women Voters. Appointed October, 2018, expires October, 2021.
- Glennis Ireland, nonpartisan, appointed October, 2020, expires October 2023.
- Cynthia Hawkins, nonpartisan, appointed October, 2018, expires October 2021.
- Patricia Abney, Democrat, Candidate, Alaska State House of Representatives, District 32, 2002, 2006, Assembly Person, Municipality of Anchorage, 1991-2001. Appointed October, 2018, expires October, 2021.
- Elaine Nelson, nonpartisan, appointed July, 2020, expires October 2022.
There are numerous boards and commissions that are opportunities for Anchorage residents to shape their city’s future. Apply at this link.
If the election for Anchorage mayor is close, within one-half percent, an automatic recount will be conducted at no cost to the candidates.