August 19th Primary Election information

A Message from the Clerk’s Office –

 

Please see the below information for information on the upcoming Primary Election.  It is important to note the last day to register to vote or change any voting information for this August 19, 2014 election is July 20, 2014

 

State Primary Election Information

Here is a link regarding important dates for the Primary election:  http://www.elections.alaska.gov/.

Registering to Vote or Changing Voting Information.  The last day to register to vote or make any changes to your voting status (such as party affiliation) is July 20, 2014.  If anyone would like to do this locally, the Clerk’s Office can provide this service until close of business on July 18, 2014, as we are not open on the 19th and 20th.

If a person would like to send their voter application in on those dates, they can fax it to 907-465-2289 or email electionsr1@alaska.gov

Link to the voter registration form:  http://www.elections.alaska.gov/doc/forms/C03.pdf

Absentee In Person Voting:  For the August 19, 2014 primary, people registered in or around the Seward area can vote absentee in person at the City Clerk’s Office beginning Monday, August 4, 2014during normal business hours, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Polling Locations:  On election day, the polling place for people registered to vote in the Seward / Lowell Point Precinct is the KM Rae Building at 125 3rd Avenue.  The polling place for those registered in the Bear Creek Precinct is the Bear Creek Fire Hall at mile 5 Seward Highway.



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Absentee By Mail, Voting By Electronic of Faxed Ballot, and Special Needs Voting.  Any voter needing a ballot to be mailed to them can fill out this application form and submit to the address provided on the form: http://www.elections.alaska.gov/doc/forms/C06.pdf.  The deadline to submit this form is August 9, 2014.

There is additional information on the State website regarding submitting a ballot electronically or by fax:  http://www.elections.alaska.gov/vi_bb_by_fax.php.

During the absentee voting period and on election day, election workers can provide assistance with special needs voting.  The State of Alaska allows a personal representative to physically sign out a ballot and take to a special needs voter.  Contact the City Clerk’s Office if you would like more information on that process.

Alaska’s Primary Structure.  From the state website:

Alaska law allows a political party to select who may participate in their party’s primary. Parties may expand or limit who may participate in their Primary Election by submitting a written notice with a copy of their pre cleared by-laws to the Director of Elections no later than September 1st of the year prior to the year in which a Primary Election is to be held. Based on political party by-laws submitted to the Division of Elections there are three ballot choices:

  • Alaska Democratic Party, Alaska Libertarian Party and Alaskan Independence Party Candidate with Ballot Measures ballot – any registered voter may vote this ballot;
  • Alaska Republican Party Candidate with Ballot Measures ballot – voters registered as Republican, Nonpartisan or Undeclared may vote this ballot; and
  • the Ballot Measures Only ballot – any registered voter may vote this ballot.

The political party affiliation listed on a voter’s registration record 30 days prior to the election determines which primary ballot type a voter is eligible to vote. 

QUESTIONS?  Feel free to contact the Office of the City Clerk, 224-4045 or clerk@cityofseward.net

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