ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - About 198,000 ballot packages were sent out to Anchorage voters by mail on Tuesday for the city’s first ever vote-by-mail election. Voters can expect to have their ballots by Monday, and they have until April 3 to cast them.
Election officials visited each of the city’s secure ballot drop-boxes to open them up to the public for the first time. There are 12 drop-boxes across the municipality – two for each of the voting districts.
“As soon as by the end of this week, these drop-boxes could be filling up with returned ballots,” said Carolyn Hall, education and outreach manager with Vote By Mail.
City officials will continue to visit each of the drop-boxes at least once a day, until the deadline. They will be checking for ballots and also performing security checks to make sure the drop-boxes are secure. The boxes have a number of security features, including a tamper proof seal on the door and even automatic firestops inside the compartment.
“Should they discover that there’s a large volume of returned ballot envelopes, then what we’ll do is make sure they’re visiting the secure drop-boxes more than once a day,” Hall explained.
The drop-boxes provide 1-of-3 ways to cast your ballot. You can also mail it with first class postage through the U.S. Postal Service, or you can drop it off yourself at 1-of-5 accessible vote centers:
• City Hall | 632 W 6th Ave.
• O’Malley’s on the Green | 3651 O'Malley Rd.
• Z.J. Loussac Public Library | 3600 Denali St.
• Eagle River Town Center | 11924 Business Blvd.
• MOA Election Center | 619 East Ship Creek Ave.
If you don’t receive a ballot, or the ballot gets lost or damaged, you can call the voter hotline at (907) 243-8683.