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 6, 2015.

For important dates concerning the election, download the Election Calendar

View List of Candidates Who Have Filed For Office

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

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Ways to Vote in the Election

Ways to Vote in the Election

Election Day is Tuesday, October 6, 2015, and there are several ways for Borough residents to exercise their right to vote.

Please note, electioneering is prohibited during the hours the 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 proposition.

Absentee In-Person Voting
Absentee In-Person voting allows you to vote prior to Election Day. There are several early/absentee voting sites across the Borough. The hours of operation vary at each location. Not all locations have all ballot types. The Division of Elections and the Mat-Su Borough locations will have all ballot types.

Alaska State Division of Elections - Mat-Su Office
North Fork Professional Bldg. B, Suite 102
1700 E Bogard Road, Wasilla

  • All ballot types are available at this location.
  • September 21, 2015 through September 25, 2015 - 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • September 26, 2015 - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • September 28, 2015 through October 2, 2015 - 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • October 3, 2015 - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • October 5, 2015 - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mat-Su Borough Administration Building (Dorothy Swanda Jones Building)
350 E. Dahlia Avenue, Palmer

  • All ballot types are available at this location.
  • September 21, 2015 through September 25, 2015 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • September 28, 2015 through October 2, 2015 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • October 5 and October 6, 2015 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • City ballots (Houston, Palmer and Wasilla) will not be available on Election Day.

Absentee In-Person voting will also take place September 21, 2015, through October 5, 2015, at Houston City Hall  and the Talkeetna and Trapper Creek public libraries. Ballot types are limited and specific to the community in which the ballot is cast.  

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. The application deadline for the October 6, 2015, regular election is September 29, 2015.

Please apply early to receive your 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 6, 2015, regular election is September 29, 2015.

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. The first batch of ballots is generally mailed approximately 18 days prior to Election Day.

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 6, 2015, and received in the Borough Clerk's Office no later than October 9, 2015.

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

Poll Voting

The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, October 6, 2015. If you do not know where to vote, you may locate your polling place online by using the Alaska State Division of Elections (DOE) polling place look up tool or call DOE at 1-888-383-8683 or the Borough Clerk's Office at 907-861-8683.

Questioned Voting

If your name is not listed on the precinct register, if you do not have  identification, if you choose to vote outside of your polling place (precinct) on Election Day, or if your qualifications to vote are questioned, you must vote a questioned ballot. Before receiving a ballot, you must complete a questioned ballot envelope. Your voted ballot will be placed in a secrecy sleeve and sealed inside your completed ballot envelope. The information you provide on the outside of the ballot envelope will be used to determine your voting eligibility and to update your voter registration record with the Alaska State Division of Elections. If for any reason your questioned ballot is not counted, you will be notified in writing.

Special Needs Voting

A voter with a disability who because of that disability is unable to go to their polling location (precinct) may appoint a personal representative to obtain all voting information and a ballot from an election official. Special Needs voting is available during the voting period from any absentee/early voting location or at any polling location (precinct) on Election Day.

 

 

 
Voter Registration Information

Voter Registration Information

Election Day is Tuesday, October 6, 2015.

Pursuant to MSB 25.10, Voter Qualification, the deadline for registering to vote in the October 6, regular election is Sunday, September 6, 2015. If you are not registered to vote by the deadline, your vote will not count. Download a voter registration application.

Your voter registration record is important. Please remember to contact the Alaska State Division of Elections or the Borough Clerk’s Office to update your voter registration record when making changes to your name, residence or mailing address, or other information concerning your voter registration record.

If you are registering to vote for the first time or need to update your existing voter registration record, you must complete a Voter Registration Application. Applications are available online from the Alaska State Division of Elections.

You may also complete an application at any Alaska State Division of Elections Office, the Alaska State Division of Motor Vehicles, or through the Borough Clerk's Office or the municipal Clerk's Office in the cities of Houston, Palmer, and Wasilla.

Election Officials

Election Officials

Every year, hundreds of Borough residents play an important role in the election by helping to operate polling places. Election officials put a face on the election process and work hard to ensure their neighbors can vote with ease, while helping to safeguard the voting process so all Borough residents have confidence in the election results.

Election officials are responsible for carrying out duties under the direction and supervision of the Borough Clerk. Training and compensation are provided.

If you are interested in serving, please complete an Election Official Application and return to the Borough Clerk’s Office. For more information, contact us at 907-861-8683.

 QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must be a registered voter of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.
  • Must be available to work on Election Day from 6:30 a.m. to approximately 9 p.m.
  • Must be available to work for a few hours on the day before the election to set up the precinct for voting, if needed.
  • Must be able to lift 25 lbs.
  • Must be available to attend a mandatory training session for approximately 2.5 hours approximately one week prior to the commencement of voting.
  • Must have transportation to the polling place.
  • Must take an oath that you will honestly, faithfully, and promptly perform the duties of election official, according to law, and you will diligently endeavor to prevent the violation of any provision of law in conducting the election, and if you provide assistance to a voter, you will not divulge how the voter cast his or her ballot.
  • Must be dedicated, cooperative, and professional.
GENERAL DUTIES
  • Prepare, open, and close the polling location.
  • Find voter information on the voter register.
  • Issue and accept official ballots.
  • Assist voters in any phase of the voting process.
Candidate's Page

Candidate's Page

View List of Candidates Who Have Filed For Office

The candidate filing period opens on Monday, July 20, 2015, at 8 a.m. and closes on Friday, July 31, 2015, at 5 p.m. The following offices are to be filled at the election:

  • Mayor (three-year term ending October 2018)
  • Assembly District 3 (three-year term ending October 2018)
  • Assembly District 6 (three-year term ending October 2018)
  • Assembly District 7 (three-year term ending October 2018)
  • School Board Seat A (three-year term ending October 2018)
  • School Board Seat B (three-year term ending October 2018)
  • School Board Seat E (two-year term ending October 2017)

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.

A person is eligible to hold the office of Mayor if the person is a qualified Borough voter and has been a Borough resident for one year immediately prior to the election.

A person is eligible to be an Assembly Member if the person is a qualified Borough voter and has been a Borough resident for one year immediately prior to the election. Candidates for Assembly seats shall reside in the Borough and in the Assembly District for which they file.

A person is eligible to serve on the School Board if the person is a qualified Borough voter and Borough resident.

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.

Candidate Declarations: Declarations of candidacy and other candidate filing forms shall be filed during the candidate filing period at the Borough Clerk's Office, 350 E Dahlia Avenue, Palmer, AK. The candidate filing period opens on Monday, July 20, 2015, at 8 am and closes on Friday, July 31, 2015, at 5 p.m.

If you have any questions, please call 907-861-8683.

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.

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 Colony Schools Drive
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 Colony Schools Drive
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 Mat-Su Convention and Visitors Center
7744 E Visitors View 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.
Election Results

Election Results

Election Day is Tuesday, October 6, 2015. Unofficial results are made available after polls close at 8 pm.

Official results will be available after the election is certified by the Borough Assembly on October 20. 

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