It is likely one of the pleasures of the job of the Municipal Clerk yearly to ask Anchorage voters to take part within the Municipal Election – this yr on April 6, 2021. One of the lovely phrases I’ve discovered within the Alaska Structure states that, “…all individuals have corresponding obligations to the individuals and to the State.” Obligations – an attention-grabbing phrase that means now we have duties to our fellow residents in Anchorage and to the state of Alaska that we name house. I consider that each one of us can discover pleasure in fulfilling this civic accountability and necessary obligation by having a say in our authorities via exercising the fitting to vote. And in these troublesome occasions, I feel it’s as necessary as ever to make your voice heard by voting.
We frequently fail to consider that as people now we have the facility to alter our neighborhood or world, however in Alaska elections, we all know there are lots of races and points which have been determined by small margins; please discover the time to make use of the facility that all of us has to vote. In municipal elections, our choice to vote has a big effect on individuals’s day by day lives. The problems on the poll – bonds for parks and roads and police and hearth, in addition to the candidates we elect for mayor, college board, and repair areas boards – have a big effect and form the quick way forward for our neighborhood. Voters can be taught extra in regards to the races and poll propositions by trying on the Municipal Elections web site, studying the League of Girls Voters of Anchorage Poll Evaluation, or by calling the Voter Hotline at 907-243-VOTE (8683).
The MOA Elections Group reminds voters (1) to vote their poll; (2) put the voted poll within the secrecy sleeve after which within the poll return envelope; and (3) mail the poll return envelope with firstclass postage via the USPS; or, save postage and place the poll return envelope in one of many 18 Safe Drop Bins positioned all through Anchorage. A map with the situation to the Safe Drop Bins will be discovered on the Elections web site at www.muni.org/elections; or name the Voter Hotline at 907-243-VOTE (8683) and we’ll direct you to the closest Safe Drop Field.
Voters could vote in particular person at one of many three Anchorage Vote Facilities if voters misplaced or broken their poll, didn’t obtain a mailed poll, or desire to vote in particular person. Voters should have correct identification to vote in particular person at an Anchorage Vote Middle. The three Anchorage Vote Facilities – at Metropolis Corridor, the Loussac Library, and the Eagle River City Middle – have prolonged hours in 2021 and are open till 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 5 and from 7:00 a.m. to eight:00 p.m. on Election Day — Tuesday, April 6. Voters can name the Voter Hotline at 907-243-VOTE (8683) or search the web map at www.muni.org/elections/dropbox to search out the situation of the Vote Middle.
Voters who want help ought to name the Voter Hotline at 907-243-VOTE (8683). Voters who’re aged, have a incapacity, are hospitalized, are sick or have a constructive COVID-19 check, could vote a Particular Wants Poll. Voters ought to name the Voter Hotline at 907-243-VOTE (8683) to request a Particular Wants Poll to be delivered to them. Election officers will ship a poll to the voter, enable the voter to vote in privateness, then return the poll to the Election Middle.
Don’t overlook to drop off or ship your poll return envelope no later than April 6. You possibly can return your poll to a Safe Drop Field up till 8 p.m. on Election Evening. Once more, use first-class postage – which quantities to $0.55 – to mail your poll on or earlier than Election Day. If you’re mailing your poll on April 5 or April 6, please ask a postal employee to hand-cancel (postmark by hand) your return envelope to verify it’s marked with the right day to ensure that your vote to be counted.
In these troublesome and unsure occasions, discover some pleasure within the routine and custom of voting, of fulfilling a civic obligation and supporting your neighborhood, selected to train your proper and accountability to vote within the April 6, 2021 Common Municipal Election!
Barbara A. Jones serves as Municipal Clerk for the Municipality of Anchorage.