Want to run for local office? Filing period opens July 17; workshop is on July 18.

Three Juneau Assembly seats and two School Board seats are on the ballot for the October 6 City and Borough of Juneau Regular Municipal Election, which is being conducted this year as a vote-by-mail election. The filing period to run for one of these seats opens 8 a.m. July 17 and closes 4:30 p.m. July 27.

In order to file for office, candidates must submit a Declaration of Candidacy Form with their Nomination Petition signed by at least 25 registered voters. Find those forms here. In addition, candidates must go to the Alaska Public Offices Commission website and electronically complete a Public Official Financial Disclosure Statement.

If you’re thinking about running for local office, plan to work for someone who is, or just want a crash course on how local government works, you should attend the free July 18 “How to Run for Local Office” Workshop. Learn what it’s like to serve on the Juneau Assembly and School Board, and hear directly from current and past elected officials.

The annual workshop – virtual only this year – is on Saturday, July 18, 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. It’s free and focuses on: what it’s like to serve on the Assembly and School Board, preparing to run, legal requirements for candidates, and campaign basics. Learn more and register for the workshop on the League of Women Voters of Juneau website. The workshop is also sponsored by the CBJ Clerk’s Office, Juneau Public Libraries, and the Juneau School District.

For more information, contact the Clerk’s Office at 586-5278 or city.clerk@juneau.org. You can also go to CBJ’s Elections page.

July 7th, 2020|

CBJ’s October 6, 2020 Regular Municipal Election will be held as a vote-by-mail election

Each year, the City and Borough of Juneau holds a Regular Municipal Election on the first Tuesday of October to elect members of the Assembly and School Board and to decide on a variety of ballot propositions. In light of the potential exposure of voters and staff to COVID-19 from voting at crowded polling places, the Juneau Assembly has called for the October 6 Municipal Election to be conducted using a vote-by-mail process. The motion was approved during the May 18, 2020 night’s Regular Assembly Meeting. The associated ordinances still need to go through the public process.

The October 6 Regular Municipal Election will be conducted in partnership with the Municipality of Anchorage, which has run vote-by-mail elections for the past two years and recently held its annual election in April during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The partnership will allow CBJ to use Anchorage’s Election Center and staffing resources, saving CBJ the need to purchase the vote-by-mail equipment and set up an Election Center.

Pre-pandemic, CBJ’s initial plan was to maintain the same municipal election process used in past years: 13 precinct polling places and two early absentee voting stations. To ensure the health and safety of voters as well as election workers – 90 percent of CBJ’s election workers is 60 years or older – status quo is no longer an option. Even with a vote-by-mail election, voters will still have the option to vote in person for two weeks leading up to Election Day at one or two voting centers.

Municipal Clerk staff, who run the municipal elections, will be in contact with voters in the coming weeks and months to provide information about the changes in the election process as well as to verify the mailing addresses of Juneau voters. The option to get a ballot sent to an alternate mailing address will be available. As the process moves along, details of the October 6 Municipal Election will be forthcoming.

For more information, contact CBJ Municipal Clerk/Election Official Beth McEwen at Beth.McEwen@Juneau.org or 586-0203.

June 4th, 2020|Tags: , |

CBJ’s October 6 Regular Municipal Election will be held as a vote-by-mail election

Each year, the City and Borough of Juneau holds a Regular Municipal Election on the first Tuesday of October to elect members of the Assembly and School Board and to decide on a variety of ballot propositions. In light of the potential exposure of voters and staff to COVID-19 from voting at crowded polling places, the Juneau Assembly has called for the October 6 Municipal Election to be conducted using a vote-by-mail process. The motion was approved during last night’s Regular Assembly Meeting. The associated ordinances still need to go through the public process.

The October 6 Regular Municipal Election will be conducted in partnership with the Municipality of Anchorage, which has run vote-by-mail elections for the past two years and recently held its annual election in April during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The partnership will allow CBJ to use Anchorage’s Election Center and staffing resources, saving CBJ the need to purchase the vote-by-mail equipment and set up an Election Center.

Pre-pandemic, CBJ’s initial plan was to maintain the same municipal election process used in past years: 13 precinct polling places and two early absentee voting stations. To ensure the health and safety of voters as well as election workers – 90 percent of CBJ’s election workers is 60 years or older – status quo is no longer an option. Even with a vote-by-mail election, voters will still have the option to vote in person for two weeks leading up to Election Day at one or two voting centers.

Municipal Clerk staff, who run the municipal elections, will be in contact with voters in the coming weeks and months to provide information about the changes in the election process as well as to verify the mailing addresses of Juneau voters. The option to get a ballot sent to an alternate mailing address will be available. As the process moves along, details of the October 6 Municipal Election will be forthcoming.

For more information, contact CBJ Municipal Clerk/Election Official Beth McEwen at Beth.McEwen@Juneau.org or 586-0203.

May 19th, 2020|

2020 Regular Municipal Election Information and Absentee Application Now Available

The next regular Municipal Election is October 6, 2020.

A copy of the letter to the Assembly setting forth the timelines involved with this election as well as a Quick Reference Date page are now posted on our website.

Per CBJ Code 29.07.100, the Absentee-by-Mail ballot applications are now available.

29.07.100 – Absentee voting procedure.

(b) The application for an absentee ballot shall show the applicant’s place of residence, clearly indicate the applicant’s right to an absentee ballot, and be signed by the applicant.

(1) Application by mail. Beginning on January 1 of each election year, a qualified voter may in person or by mail, or by facsimile machine, file a written application for an absentee ballot by mail with the election official. A complete application for a by mail ballot must be received in the office of the election official not less than seven days before the election for which the absentee ballot is sought in order for the absentee ballot to be counted. If a voter fails to provide a specific ballot mailing address on an absentee by mail ballot application, the ballot will be mailed to the mailing address on the voter’s record, or, if no address is provided, to the fax, e-mail, or other electronic transmission acceptable to the election official.

To access any of these documents, please click on the links above or on our CBJ Elections webpage at https://beta.juneau.org/clerk/elections  or contact the Municipal Clerk’s office at 907-586-5278.

December 30th, 2019|

CBJ Municipal Election – Results Finalized; Canvass Review Board Work is Complete

It is with great pleasure that we announce the official certification of the October 1, 2019 CBJ Regular Municipal Election. The Canvass Review Board began its work at 10:00a.m. this morning and completed its review certifying the election results just after 2:00p.m. Copies of the certified election results as well as statistical information is now available on the Municipal Clerk’s Elections webpage at https://beta.juneau.org/clerk/elections

The newly elected Assemblymembers are (listed in seniority order): Areawide Carole Triem, District 2 Wade Bryson, District 1 seats Alicia Hughes-Skandijs (1 year term) and Greg Smith (3 year term). Newly elected Board of Education Members are Deedie Sorensen and Emil Robert Mackey III.

The newly elected Board of Education (School Board) members will be sworn into office at a meeting to be held this evening at 6:00p.m. in the JDHS Library.

Newly-elected Assemblymember Greg Smith will be sworn in via a teleconference call on Thursday, October 10 at 8:30a.m. AKST.  The Assembly will hold its reorganizational meeting on Monday, October 14 in the Assembly Chambers at 7:00p.m. and recognize outgoing Assemblymember Mary Becker for her many years of public service.

For more information, please contact the Municipal Clerk’s Office at 586-5278.

 

October 9th, 2019|