Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Elections

Information

Information

The Borough Clerk's Office is responsible for planning and administering Borough elections. Regular elections are held annually on the first Tuesday in October. Special elections and mayoral run-off elections may be scheduled in accordance with Borough code.

The next regular election will be held on Tuesday, October 4, 2016.

October 4, 2016 Regular Election Calendar

Please be aware the State Division of Elections will hold two elections this year: Primary Election, Tuesday, August 16, 2016 and General Election, Tuesday, November 8, 2016. The Division of Elections has its own By-Mail application process for the two elections and those applications must be completed and submitted to the Division of Elections.

Election Officials Wanted

Are you interested in serving as an Election Official? Don’t delay, submit your application today!

The Borough Clerk’s Office is recruiting workers for the October 4, 2016, Regular Borough Election. If you are interested in applying to serve as an election worker, you must complete and submit a 2016 Election Official Application. (Form is electronically fillable if downloaded.) Applications are also available by contacting the Borough Clerk’s Office at 861-8683. In order to serve, you must be a registered voter of the Borough. Training and compensation are provided.

Borough Clerk's Office
350 E Dahlia Avenue
Palmer, Alaska
(907) 861-8683 telephone

Have a question about the election? Please send us an email.

 

Voter Registration

Voter Registration

Are you registered to vote?

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough will hold its regular elections on Tuesday, October 4, 2016.  In order for your vote to be counted, you must be registered 30-days prior to the election.

The deadline to qualify to vote is Sunday, September 4, 2016.

Voter registration applications are available online from the Alaska State Division of Elections at www.elections.alaska.gov, or you may register to vote at one of the following locations:

Alaska State Division of Elections North Fork Professional Bldg. B, Suite 102 1700 E. Bogard Road    Wasilla, Alaska     373-8952 phone

Matanuska-Susitna Borough Clerk’s Office 350 E. Dahlia Avenue Palmer, Alaska 861-8683 phone

Voter registration applications are also available at the City Clerk's Office in Houston, Palmer, and Wasilla.

Voter Qualifications. A person may vote in a Borough election only if the person: is qualified to vote in State elections under AS 15.05.010; has been a resident of the Borough for 30 days immediately preceding the election; is registered to vote in State elections at a residence address within the Borough at least 30 days before the Borough election at which the person seeks to vote; and is not disqualified under Article V of the State Constitution.

Contact the Borough Clerk's Office at 861-8683, with questions or send us an email.

Candidate Filing

Candidate Filing

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough will hold its regular election on Tuesday, October 4, 2016.  The candidate filing period for the following Assembly and School Board seats begins on Monday, July 18, 2016, at 8 a.m. and closes on Friday, July 29, 2016, at 5 p.m. Candidate filing packets are available for pick up on Wednesday, July 13, 2016. Packets will not be accepted until the filing period opens on July 18, and during the filing period packets will not be accepted by electronic transmission.

  • Assembly District 1 - three-year term ending October 2019
  • Assembly District 2 - three-year term ending October 2019
  • School Board District 2 (previously Seat G) - three-year term ending October 2019
  • School Board District 5 (previously Seat C) - three-year term ending October 2019
  • School Board District 7 (previously Seat F) - three-year term ending October 2019

Assembly District Candidacy Filing Packet
School Board District Candidacy Filing Packet

While the filing period is open, completed candidate filing packets shall be submitted in original form to:

Matanuska-Susitna Borough 
Clerk’s Office
350 E. Dahlia Avenue
Palmer, Alaska
861-8683 phone

Candidate's List - Slate of Candidates for the October 4, 2016 - Please view for the current slate of candidates.

Candidate Qualifications: Any person is eligible for Borough office if the person is a qualified voter of the Borough and meets State and Borough requirements for the office. Candidates for Assembly seats shall reside in the Borough and in the Assembly District for which they file and meet the requirements of MSB 2.12.030. Candidates for School Board seats shall reside in the Borough and within the Assembly District boundaries for which they file. Candidates shall provide proof that they are eligible, or shall be eligible by the date of the election, to be recognized as a candidate for any election.

If you are interested in running for office and would like more information, please call the Borough Clerk's Office at 861-8683 or send us an email.

Polling Places and Precincts

Polling Places and Precincts

The precincts and polling places for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough are listed below. The polls are open on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

If you don't know your assigned polling place, you may find it online by using the Alaska State Division of Elections Online Polling Place Locator, or contact the Borough Clerk's Office at 907-861-8683 or the Alaska State Division of Elections at 1-888-383-8683 (toll free).

Map of Borough Voting Precincts Map of Core Area Precincts

Precinct MapsPolling Location Maps
07-100 Lakes No. 1 Finger Lake Elementary School
5981 E Eek Street
07-105 Pioneer Peak Pioneer Peak Elementary School
1959 N Stringfield Road
07-110 Schrock Alcantra National Guard Armory
3401 E Bogard Road
07-115 Wasilla Lake Cottonwood Creek Elementary School
800 N Seward Meridian Parkway
07-120 Wasilla No. 1 Wasilla Senior Center
1301 S Century Circle
07-125 Wasilla No. 2 Wasilla City Hall
290 E Herning Avenue
07-130 Foothills Menard Sports Center
1001 S Mack Drive
08-130 Meadow Lakes No. 1 Meadow Lakes Elementary School
1741 N Pittman Road
08-135 Meadow Lakes No. 2
1685 N Pittman Road
08-140 Knik Goose Bay No. 1 Knik Elementary School
6350 W Hollywood Road
08-145 Knik Goose Bay No. 2 Goose Bay Elementary School
6400 W Hollywood Road
08-150 Knik Goose Bay No. 3 Settlers Bay Community Church
6865 W Dewlap Circle
08-155 Big Lake Big Lake Lions Club
2942S Lions Circle
09-622 Farm Loop Farm Loop Christian Center
5900 N Farm Loop Road
09-628 Fishhook Fishhook Public Safety Building
(Station 3-5)
8200 E Turner Road
09-640 Sheep Mountain Glacier View School
65975 S Wolverine Circle
(Mile 104 Glenn Highway)
09-645 Sutton Sutton Public Library
11301 N Chickaloon Way
10-005 Kings Lake Colony High School
9550 E Bogard Road
10-010 Church Lamb of God Lutheran Church
1221 N Church Road
10-015 Tanaina Tanaina Elementary School
2550 N Lucille Street
10-020 Houston Houston City Hall
13878 W Armstrong Road
10-025 Meadow Lakes No. 3 Church on the Rock
3571 W Machen Road
10-030 Susitna Upper Susitna Senior and Civic Center
16463 E Helena Avenue
10-035 Talkeetna Talkeetna Elementary School
13930 E Timber Wolf Loop
10-040 Trapper Creek Trapper Creek Elementary School
6742 E Petersville Road
10-045 Willow Willow Community Center
Mile 69 Parks Highway
10-050 Meadow Lakes No. 4 American Legion Post 35
4180 W Tweed Court
10-055 Lakes No. 2 Larson Elementary School
2722 E Seldon Road
11-055 Walby Colony Middle School
9250 E Bogard Road
11-060 Greater Palmer Palmer Community Center (Railroad Depot)
610 S Valley Way
11-065 Mat-Su Campus Matanuska-Susitna College
8295 E College Drive
11-070 Palmer City No. 1 Mat-Su Borough Building
350 E Dahlia Avenue
11-075 Palmer City No. 2 Palmer Senior Citizens Center
1132 S Chugach Street
11-085 Trunk Central Mat-Su Public Safety Building (Station 5-1)
1911 S Terrace Court
11-090 Seward Meridian Gospel Outreach Christian Center
4800 E Palmer-Wasilla Highway
11-095 Springer Loop Palmer 7th Day Adventist Church
2238 S Inner Springer Loop
11-099 Lazy Mountain Lazy Mountain Bible Church
16005 E Shawn Drive
12-200 Fairview No. 1 Snowshoe Elementary School
2001 W Fairview Loop
12-205 Fairview No. 2 Machetanz Elementary School
4961 E Nelson Road
12-210 Snowshoe Christ First United Methodist Church
5137 W Fairview Loop
12-220 Butte Butte Public Safety Building (Station 2-1)
3355 S Old Glenn Highway
ELECTIONEERING PROHIBITED
During the hours polls are open, no person who is in the polling place or within 200 feet of any entrance of the polling place may attempt to persuade a person to vote for or against a candidate, proposition, or question, nor may any person conduct other political activities that may pertain to any future election or potential ballot question.

Absentee Voting  for the October 4, 2016, Regular Election-Broken

Absentee Voting for the October 4, 2016, Regular Election-Broken

Absentee By-Mail Voting

Any registered voter of the Borough may apply for a ballot to be mailed to them by submitting an Absentee By-Mail Ballot Application not later than seven days prior to Election Day. Please note: the Borough's absentee by-mail application is separate from that of the State Division of Elections and you must visit the Division of Elections website for information on its absentee voting options for the 2016 Primary and General Elections.

Please apply early to receive your Borough ballot in a timely manner. Carefully complete all sections of the application and sign. Omissions or errors may cause a delay in ballot mailing. You must sign your application. No one can sign for you.

Completed applications may be mailed or hand-delivered to the Borough Clerk's Office at 350 E. Dahlia Avenue, Palmer, AK  99645, or faxed to 907-861-7845. The application deadline for the October 4, 2016, regular election is September 27, 2016.

Once the ballots are ready for distribution and upon the timely receipt of an absentee by-mail ballot application, an official ballot and voting material will be mailed to the applicant at the ballot mailing address given on the application..

When you receive your ballot, carefully follow all instructions to ensure that your ballot is properly cast. In order to qualify for counting, absentee by-mail ballot envelopes must be postmarked by Election Day, Tuesday, October 4, 2016, and received in the Borough Clerk's Office no later than October 7, 2016.

If you choose to hand-deliver your ballot it must be returned to a Borough election official by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Absentee In-Person Voting

Absentee In-Person Voting will begin on Monday, September 19, 2016, and continue through Election Day, Tuesday, October 4, 2016, at various locations around the Borough.

Information on voting sites and hours of operation, will be posted in the coming months. In the meantime, the Voting Locations tab above contains precinct information, or if you have questions, please call 907-861-8683.

Ballot Propositions for October 4, 2016, Regular Election

Ballot Propositions for October 4, 2016, Regular Election

The following propositions are scheduled to be placed on the ballot for the election on Tuesday, October 4. The Assembly has until Friday, August 5, to adopt any ordinance to place a proposition on the ballot. To view the legislation related to the propositions, please select the links provided under each proposition.

 

Proposition No. B-1

Prohibiting Marijuana Establishments Except Those Involving Industrial Hemp in the Area Outside of the Cities

Initiative Ordinance Serial No. 15-088. This ordinance prohibits marijuana retail stores, marijuana cultivation facilities, marijuana product manufacturing facilities, and marijuana testing facilities in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the area outside of the cities. The prohibition does not apply to industrial hemp as defined in the ordinance.

Shall the Matanuska-Susitna Borough adopt a local option to prohibit the operation of marijuana establishments except those involving industrial hemp in the area outside of the cities?

Initiative Ordinance Serial No. 15-088 (Areawide Proposition)

 

Proposition No. B-2

Proposed Annexation of a Parcel Into the Lazy Mountain Road Service Area No. 19 (This Proposition is for the Existing Properties of the Service Area.)

Shall a parcel located at the end of East T&T Lane on Lee Circle, as shown on the map in the polling location and attached to Informational Memorandum 16-116, be annexed into the Lazy Mountain Road Service Area No. 19?

This ballot proposition is not expected to add an additional cost to the existing properties of the service area for the first year.

Service shall commence July 1, 2017.

Ordinance Serial No. 16-077, Resolution Serial No. 16-055, IM No. 16-116 (Non-areawide Proposition)

 

Proposition No. B-3

Proposed Annexation of a Parcel Into the Lazy Mountain Road Service Area No. 19 (This Proposition is for the Property to be Annexed Into the Service Area.)

Shall a parcel located at the end of East T&T Lane on Lee Circle, as shown on the map in the polling location and attached to Informational Memorandum 16-116, be annexed into the Lazy Mountain Road Service Area No. 19?

The anticipated cost of the services for the property to be annexed the first year is not expected to exceed 2.51 mills or $251 per $100,000 of the assessed valuation.

Service shall commence July 1, 2017.

Ordinance Serial No. 16-077, Resolution Serial No. 16-055, IM No. 16-116 (Non-areawide Proposition)

 

Proposition No. B-4

Parks and Recreational Facilities and Related Capital Improvement Bonds

Shall the Matanuska-Susitna Borough incur debt and issue general obligation bonds, in one or more series, in the aggregate principal amount of not to exceed Twenty-Two Million One Hundred Sixty Thousand Dollars ($22,160,000), to finance the construction, acquisition, improvement, and equipping of parks and recreational capital facilities and related capital improvements in the Borough, including without limitation the projects described below?

Project Estimated Cost
Palmer and Wasilla Pool Improvements $12,830,900
Brett Memorial Ice Arena Improvements $3,744,700
Nine Trail Projects $2,218,500
Talkeetna and Willow Outdoor Ice Rinks $1,530,000
Willow Community Park Improvements $325,900
Big Lake Area Trail Bridges $1,250,000
Fish Lake Parking (Talkeetna) $100,000
Trapper Creek Park and Community Center Improvements $75,000
Meadow Lakes Sports Complex Improvements including Parking Lot Paving $175,000
Total $22,160,000

The bonds shall be secured by a pledge of the full faith and credit of the Borough. (Ordinance Serial No. 16-085)

Ordinance Serial No. 16-085 and IM No. 16-125 (Areawide Proposition)

 

Proposition No. B-5

Areawide Sales Tax of Five Percent (5%) on Marijuana and Marijuana Products With a Limited Exemption for Sales Tax Paid to a City

Shall the Matanuska-Susitna Borough (1) enact an areawide five percent (5%) tax on the retail sale of marijuana and marijuana products, and (2) establish a limited exemption up to five percent (5%) for marijuana and marijuana products sales taxed by the cities?

Ordinance Serial No. 16-086 and IM No. 16-130 (Areawide Proposition) Please note: There has been a reconsideration filed on the ordinance adopting Proposition No. B-5. The Assembly is scheduled to take action on the reconsideration on August 2, 2016. If there are any updates to be made to the ordinance or ballot proposition, they will be made after the Assembly action on August 2, 2016.

 

Voter Pro and Con Ballot Statements

Voter Pro and Con Ballot Statements

In accordance with MSB Code 25.05.120(B) statements advocating voter approval (pro) or rejection (con) of initiatives, referendums, or propositions approved by the Assembly may be included in the election brochure if they are submitted to the Borough Clerk's Office and meet the requirements below.

Applicable requirements for pro and con statements include but are not limited to the following: (Please refer to the entire code requirements)

  • Only one pro statement and one con statement will be printed in the election brochure per proposition.
  • Should only one statement be submitted on a particular proposition, whether pro or con, no statements shall be placed in the election brochure for that proposition.
  • The deadline for submitting a pro or con statement is 7 days following the propostion adoption deadline for a regular or special election. The deadline for statements to be included in this year's regular election brochure is Friday, August 12, 2016, by 5 p.m.
  • Statements may not exceed 250 words and articles such as "a", "an", and "the" will be counted as a word. Numbers written in numerical form will be counted as a single word.
  • Authorship of statements, and preference when multiple qualified persons or organizations occur, shall be given in the following order: (a) to the primary contact person of the initiative or referendum and (b) to an APOC-registerd person or organization with the identified purpose of supporting or rejecting an initiative, referendum, or proposition.
  • Statements must include the signature of the author(s) and there shall not be more than three authors and signatures. If there are over three signers, the additional signers will be considered endorsements and will count towards the word limit.
  • Signers must include their full names and organizations, if any.
  • Statements MUST be accepted by the Clerk in order to be published.
  • Statements shall be presented in the election brochure in the following order: (a) text of the ballot, (b) pro statement, and (c) con statement.
  • Each statment shall include a disclaimer by the Clerk, noting that the information is the opinion of the author(s) and has been reproduced as submitted, without changes to grammer, spelling, or punctuation.
  • The Clerk will not publically release statements until all statements regarding the proposition have been received in final form and have been delivered to the brochure printer.

Statement Policy

Statments that are submitted should state the issues that the author(s) would like the voters to consider and should not include inflammatory language. The Clerk shall reject a statement that includes inflammatory language; however, the author(s) will be allowed to submit a new statement. The new statement is due by the end of the next business day. The author(s) will be allowed to submit a new statement at least one time. Should the second statement be rejected and another person/group has submitted a statement, the Clerk shall allow the second person/group to be published in the brochure, as long as it meets the requirements.

Statement Submission

Submit the Pro/Con statement along with a completed and signed Ballot Statement Authorship Form to the Borough Clerks Office. Forms are also available at the Clerk's counter.

Borough Clerk's Office
350 E Dahlia Avenue
Palmer, Alaska
(907) 861-8683 telephone

Have a question about the election? Please send us an email.

 

Initiative and Referendum  Process

Initiative and Referendum Process

Pursuant to MSB 25.05.060, the powers of initiative and referendum reserved by the Alaska State Constitution to the people of Alaska are also reserved to the people of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough as provided by state law.

Persons wishing to file an initiative or referendum application with the Borough Clerk's Office must do so in accordance with Alaska Statute 29.26, Article 2 Initiative and Referendum.

The information below has been developed to provide an overview of the petition process and is not intended to detail the process in its entirety.

Application

An initiative or referendum is proposed by filing an application with Borough Clerk pursuant to AS 29.26.110. The application must be developed by the applicant. The application must include the complete ordinance or resolution sought to be initiated or referred. Download ordinance template.

Application Review

Once the application is filed, the Borough Clerk has two weeks to review it to ensure the application is in proper form. The application will either be certified or rejected based on legal sufficiency pursuant to AS 29.26.110(a). The Borough Clerk will notify the primary contact person in writing as to the certification or rejection of the application.

Petition Preparation, Circulation, and Return

Within two weeks after certification of an application, a petition shall be prepared by the Borough Clerk.

The Borough Clerk will notify the primary contact person in writing as to when the petition is available and the number of signatures required on a petition. Instructions on how to obtain and file the petition will also be included in the notification. Once the petition is issued, the sponsors have 90 days to obtain signatures.

After signatures are gathered and the petition is filed with the Borough Clerk's Office, the Borough Clerk shall determine the sufficiently of the petition.

If the petition is insufficient, the contact person will be notified and has 11 days to supplement the petition with additional signatures.

Should the petition be certified, the initiative or referendum will be placed on the ballot at the next regular election, pursuant to AS 29.26.170.

The rejection of a petition for insufficient signatures does not preclude the filing of a new initiative or referendum petition. However, a new petition on substantially the same matter may not be filed sooner than 6 months after a petition is rejected as insufficient.

 

Election Results

Election Results

Official results are available.
 
2015 October 6, 2015, Regular Election
2014 October 7, 2014, Regular Election
2013 October 1, 2013, Regular Election
2012 October 2, 2012, Regular Election
2011  October 4, 2011, Regular Election
January 11, 2011, Special Election
2010 October 5, 2010, Regular Election
2009 October 6, 2009, Regular Election
June 9, 2009, Special Election
2008 October 7, 2008, Regular Election
2007 October 2, 2007, Regular Election
2006 October 3, 2006, Regular Election
May 2, 2006, Special Election
2005 October 4, 2005, Regular Election
2004 October 5, 2004, Regular Election
2003 October 7, 2003, Regular Election
2002 October 1, 2002, Regular Election
January 15, 2002, Special Election
2001 October 2, 2001, Regular Election
2000 October 3, 2000, Regular Election
1999 October 5, 1999, Regular Election
1998 October 6, 1998, Regular Election
June 30, 1998, Special Election
1997 November 4, 1997, Run-Off Election
  October 7, 1997, Regular Election
1996 October 1, 1996, Regular Election
1995 October 3, 1995, Regular Election
1994 October 4, 1994, Regular Election
February 1, 1994, Special Election
1993 October 5, 1993, Regular Election
April 20, 1993, Special Election
1992 October 6, 1992, Regular Election
May 5, 1992, Special Election
1991 October 1, 1991, Regular Election
April 30, 1991, Special Election
1990 October 2, 1990, Regular Election
May 1, 1990, Special Election
1989 October 3, 1989, Regular Election
June 27, 1989, Special Election
March 7, 1989, Special Election
1988

 

November 1, 1988, Run-Off Election
October 4, 1988, Regular Election
June 28, 1988, Special Election
April 4, 1988, Special Election
1987 December 8, 1987, Special Election
October 6, 1987, Regular Election
July 21, 1987, Special Election
June 16, 1987, Special Election
May 5, 1987, Special Election
1986

 

October 28, 1986, Run-Off Election
October 7, 1986, Regular Election
June 10, 1986, Recall Election
February 4, 1986, Special Election
1985

 

October 22, 1985, Run-Off Election
October 1, 1985, Regular Election
January 22, 1985, Run-Off Election
January 8, 1985, Special Election
1984 October 2, 1984, Regular Election
1983 October 4, 1983, Regular Election
April 12, 1983, Special Election
1982 October 19, 1982, Run-Off Election
October 5, 1982, Regular Election
June 8, 1982, Special Election
1981 October 6, 1981, Regular Election
June 16, 1981, Special Election
1980 December 2, 1980, Run-Off Election
November 18, 1980, Recall Election
October 21, 1980, Run-Off Election
October 7, 1980, Regular Election
June 17, 1980, Special Election
1979

 

October 23, 1979, Special Election
October 2, 1979, Regular Election
June 26, 1979, Special Election
March 6, 1979, Special Election
1978

 

November 21, 1978, Special Election
October 19, 1978, Run-Off Election
October 3, 1978, Regular Election
August 22, 1978, Special Election
March 28, 1978, Special Election
February 7, 1978, Special Election
1977 October 4, 1977, Regular Election
March 22, 1977, Special Election
1976 October 5, 1976, Regular Election
February 17, 1976, Special Election
1975 October 7, 1975, Regular and Special Election
1974 December 3, 1974, Special Election
October 1, 1974, Regular Election
1973 October 2, 1973, Regular Election
1972 October 19, 1972, Run-Off Election
October 3, 1972, Regular Election
January 11, 1972, Special Election
1971 July 6, 1971, Special Election
October 5, 1971, Regular Election
1970 June 2, 1970, Special Election
October 6, 1970, Regular Election
1969 October 7, 1969, Regular Election
1968 October 1, 1968, Regular Election
1967 October 3, 1967, Regular Election
1966 October 4, 1966, Regular Election
1965 October 5, 1965, Regular Election