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 […]
Due to COVID-19, the October 6, 2020 Regular Municipal Election for the City and Borough of Juneau will be held as a By Mail Election as passed by motion by the Assembly on May 18, 2020. In order to conduct a By Mail Election, some election code changes were necessary. Below are ordinances that were adopted at the Monday, June 29 Assembly Meeting.
Quick Reference dates for October 6, 2020 CBJ Municipal Election – Revised for By Mail Election
Upcoming dates of importance:
July 17 – 27: Candidate Filing Period (begins at 8am on Friday, July 17 and closed at 4:30p.m. on Monday, July 27) Forms and details below:
Below are the Declaration of Candidacy & Nomination Petition Packets. The filing period for these packets is dependent upon passage of the above ordinances and we will update this Quick Reference dates document above and associated information following the June 29, 2020 Assembly meeting.
July 18 – How to Run For Local Office Workshop Virtual Seminar 9am-1:15p.m. – Registration is required. Register online at http://juneaulwv.org/run/
It is especially important in a By Mail Election that we have an accurate residence and mailing address for each voter. All voters are encouraged to go online to the state’s voter information website to check and/or update your residence and mailing address so you can receive your ballot by mail. The voter registration deadline for the October 6, 2020 Election will be Sunday, September 6. Each registered Juneau voter will be mailed a postcard in July to remind them to check and update their voter registration status. To update your voter registration, go to the State of Alaska Division of Elections website at https://myvoterinformation.alaska.gov/
To vote at a temporary address …
If you will be away and unable to receive your ballot at your mailing address during the 21-day period before Election Day, you may request that a ballot be sent to your temporary address by completing the Application to Vote at a Temporary Address. Applications to vote at a temporary address must be received by the Municipal Clerk’s Office by September 29, 2020. The Application to Vote at A Temporary Address will be posted on this website by July 17, 2020.
If a voter has changed a name, residence address or mailing address, an updated voter registration application should be completed. Voters may register to vote at any of the following locations during regular office hours:
- State Division of Elections’ Office, 240 Main St., Room 601, Monday – Friday;
- State Division of Elections – Region I Office, Mendenhall Mall, Monday – Friday
- Municipal Building, 155 S. Seward St., Clerk’s Office Room 202, Monday – Friday; and
- Any CBJ Library – check schedule for hours: http://www.juneau.org/library/contact_branch.php
- Voter registration applications are available on-line at http://www.elections.alaska.gov.
If you have any questions, please contact the State Division of Elections directly at 907-465-3021.
- Political signs do not require a CBJ Sign Permit for placement, but they must meet the following standards found in CBJ Ordinance 49.45.300:
- Unlighted, political signs of up to thirty-two square feet each may be displayed on private property.
- Signs may be installed no sooner than ninety days prior to the election date and shall be removed within five working days after the election date.
- Political signs not relating to a specific election shall be limited to a display period not to exceed ninety days within one calendar year.
- Unlighted political signs of up to four square feet may be displayed on private property up to two hundred seventy days prior to the election date and shall be removed within five working days after the election date.
- Signs must be placed in a manner that does not obstruct the view of drivers to oncoming traffic.
- Signs may not imitate traffic signs or signals, or be attached to or be placed adjacent to any utility pole, parking meter, traffic sign, signal, or official traffic control device.
- Signs may not move, rotate or flash.
- Signs on licensed, functional motor vehicles are allowed, provided that the primary use of the vehicle is not the display of signs and that such vehicle is not used as a static display for advertising. Please be aware that Alaska State Statutes considers political signs not located on campaign headquarters to be “off-premise advertising” and prohibits their placement on, adjacent to or where they may be viewed from state maintained highways and right-of-ways, including Egan Expressway, Glacier Highway, Marine Way, Ferry Way, Thane Road, Douglas Highway, North Douglas Highway, Mendenhall Loop Road, Fritz Cove Road, Mendenhall Peninsula Road, and Engineer’s Cutoff Road (AS 19.25.080-19.25.105) Questions regarding this may be directed to Right-of-Way Agent, AK DOT, 465-4546. More information is also on the State’s DOT Website at: http://dot.alaska.gov/stwddes/dcsrow/campaignsigns.shtml
- Please review the signs made for your campaign and their placement and be sure that they meet the criteria above. Thank you for your cooperation with these requirements and good luck with your campaign!
Election Workers Wanted!
It takes over 100 people to make an election run smoothly in Juneau. We are looking for precinct poll workers, review board workers, and election central runners.
Election workers must be 18 years of age and registered to vote in municipal elections.
High school student interns are welcome to volunteer.
Beth McEwen – 586-0203
Diane Cathcart – 586-0216
or send an email to City.Clerk@juneau.org
- Resolution 2692 – Adopted June 9, 2014 Reaffirming CBJ Assembly District Boundaries and Renumbering Precincts.
- Elections Code Link
- Alaska and CBJ Laws re: Initiative and Referendum Process (please note these are convenience reference copies and if the event of any discrepancies, please see official copies on the State and CBJ Law Dept. websites.)
- Petition Process Flow Chart
- Juneau Voter Turnout Statistics Since 1995
The Voter Information Pamphlet is published by the City Manager’s Office and can be found on the CBJ Homepage www.juneau.org under Current Issues
CERTIFIED CANDIDATES FOR OCTOBER 1, 2019 MUNICIPAL ELECTION – Candidate Statements Now Available as of Sept. 5
Absentee By Mail Ballot Application [PLEASE NOTE: The deadline to submit an application for a By Mail ballot, has now passed. If you wish to vote Absentee, please visit one of our Absentee Voting Stations or submit an “Application for a By Fax (Electronic Transmission) Ballot”
Voter Registration Deadline for the October 1, 2019 Election was Sunday, September 1. To check your voter registration status, go to the State of Alaska Division of Elections website at https://myvoterinformation.alaska.gov/
List of Certified Municipal Candidates Last Updated 9/5/2018 @ 5:40 p.m. – Now with Candidate Profiles added.
Application for an Absentee Ballot By-Mail Last day to receive By-Mail Applications was 9/25/2018. Please use By-Fax Application instead
2018 Mayor & Assembly Declaration of Candidacy/Nomination Petition Packet – Updated Form as of 8/2/2018
For additional assistance regarding any Municipal Election, please do not hesitate to contact:
CBJ Clerk’s Office
155 South Seward Street, Room 202
Juneau, AK 99801
Telephone: (907)586-5278 FAX: (907)586-4550 TDD: (907)586-5351
or via our online form.
If you think you might run for office – or might work for someone who is – our annual FREE Workshop on How to Run for Local Office will provide you with everything you need to know about running for an Assembly or School Board seat, or serving on a CBJ Board or Commission. The 2020 Workshop is scheduled as a Virtual Seminar from 9am to 1:30pm on Saturday, July 18, 2020. To register and receive more information or use this online form below. If you have questions, email email@example.com
To participate in the workshop, registration is required. Register online at http://juneaulwv.org/run/
At the Seminar potential candidates, their campaign helpers, or others who may only be thinking about running in the future, learn all about what the jobs entail, deciding and preparing to run, how to get elected, and what happens if/when you win. Each attendee will have access to a full ToolKit of information, including election requirements, the forms that have to be filed as well as many other resources for planning to make a run for the Assembly or School Board.
If you want to refer to the materials from past workshops, below are the Toolkit from the 2019 and 2018 workshops along with helpful links to State of Alaska websites and information are linked below.
2019 Toolkit – How to Run For Local Office Handbook
- 2018-Toolkit – How to Run For Local Office Handbook
- Link to Filing a Candidate Public Official Financial Disclosure Statement (required to run for office)