Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Elections

Contacts

Address MSB Clerk’s Office
350 E. Dahlia Avenue
Palmer, Alaska
Phone 861-8683
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Election Info IconThe Borough Clerk's Office is responsible for planning and administering Borough regular and special elections. The Borough’s regular election date is on the first Tuesday, following the first Monday, in November. The 2020 regular election is scheduled for November 3, 2020.

If you have questions regarding the State/Federal election please contact the Alaska State Division of Elections.

The cities of Houston, Palmer, and Wasilla hold elections on the first Tuesday in October. Please contact the respective city should you have questions regarding a city election.

 

 COVID-19 Information for Voters and Election Officials

What COVID-19 Precautions are being taken for In-Person voting?

Frequently Asked Questions:

CDC recommendations and Alaska Department of Health & Social Services mandates will be fully implemented at all Polling Places and In-Person/Absentee Voting locations. These consist of, but are not limited to:

  • Encouraging voters to wear some type of facial covering and ask that non-essential people (such as children) not go into the polling place or                  In-Person/Absentee voting locations.
  • Encouraging voters who have health concerns to vote Absentee By-Mail
  • Asking Election Officials to not report to work if they feel ill or have undergone COVID testing and have not received results
  • Election Officials will be provided with PPE such as: masks, face shields, gloves and a table top clear shield
  • Election Officials will be required to disinfect all areas throughout the day that are frequently touched such as voting equipment, booths, tables, pens, secrecy sleeves, door handles, light switches, etc.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available for voters to use before checking in, when using voting equipment, and when they exit the polling place
  • Election Officials will also have hand sanitizer for their use.
  • The polling location will provide 6-foot markings to promote the CDC recommended social distancing and Election Officials will encourage voters to practice social distancing while standing in line; being checked in.
  • Election Officials will make every effort to space voting booths six feet apart
  • Election Officials will monitor the number of people in a locations at a time, depending on CDC and HSS guidelines
  • Will everyone be automatically sent an absentee voting application in the mail?

Yes, per Ordinance Serial No. 20-053, the Mat-Su Borough Clerk was directed to mail an absentee by mail application to each voter that will be qualify for a ballot in 2020. Those were mailed out August 4, 2020.

  • Do I have to wear a mask/facial covering when voting in person?

The Mat-Su Borough strongly encourages voters to wear facial coverings while inside a polling place locations.

  • What will happen if the number of COVID-19 cases rises in Alaska?

The Mat-Su Borough is actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Alaska and will respond accordingly should the CDC, DHSS, and the Office of the Governor decide if any changes to election procedures are necessary.

  • If I apply for an absentee by-mail ballot, do I have to continue voting by-mail forever?

No, an absentee by-mail application must be filled out every year in order to receive a by-mail ballot from the Mat-Su Borough.

 

What to expect at polling places this year: 


  • Due to social distancing, it is possible that your polling place will not have as many voting booths as they have in the past. This may cause longer wait times.
  • Due to the risk associated with large groups gathering (especially in a small indoor place), we will be monitoring, to the best of our abilities, the number of people inside a polling place at a time. This may cause you to wait in line outside of the polling place.

 

 
   

Voter Registration

Voter Registration Contacts

Alaska State Division of Elections

Address

North Fork Professional Bldg. B, Suite 102  
1700 E. Bogard Road
Wasilla, Alaska

Phone

(907)373-8952

Are you registered to vote?

registerIn order for your vote to be counted for any regular Borough election, you MUST be registered 30-days prior to the election. Updates to your voter registration also fall under this deadline. Please register to vote or update your voter information prior to the deadline to be eligible to vote or have your vote count.

The deadline to qualify to vote in the 2020 Regular Borough Election will be Sunday, October 4, 2020.

You can update or register to vote online or print a Voter Registration Application from the Alaska State Division of Elections at www.elections.alaska.gov or you may register to vote at Alaska State Division of Elections office or  the Borough Clerk's office.  Voter registration applications are also available at  the City Clerk's Offices 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 (907)861-8683, with questions you may have. 

Election Officials Wanted

Are you interested in serving as an Election Official for the next Borough election?

officials The Borough Clerk's Office is always looking for dependable workers for our elections. If you are interested in applying to serve as an election worker for the upcoming election, please apply with the Borough Clerk's Office. You may print out the application from the link above.

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.

Candidate Information

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough will hold a regular election on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. The following offices are to be filled at the election:

  • Assembly District 4 - three-year term ending November 2023
  • Assembly District 5 - three-year term ending November 2023
  • School Board District 3 - three-year term ending November 2023
  • School Board District 6 - three-year term ending November 2023

 Candidate Declaration packets will be available on Wednesday, August 12. The Candidate Declaration filing period is Monday, August 17 at 8 a.m. through Friday, August 28 at 5 p.m. Candidate Declarations shall be submitted to the Borough Clerk's Office at the address provided at the top of this webpage. 

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 the School Board seats shall reside in the Borough and within the Assembly District boundaries for which they file (MSB 19.04). 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.

Early/Absentee Voting

Absentee By-Mail Voting

ballotAny 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 Alaska State Division of Elections and the cities of Houston, Palmer, and Wasilla. 

Things applicants need to know about the process:

  • Apply early to receive your Borough ballot in a timely manner
  • Carefully complete ALL sections of the application
  • Omissions or errors may cause a delay in ballot mailing
  • Application MUST contain the applicant's signature; no one else may sign for you!

Applications for the 2020 regular election will be available on this webpage starting January 1, 2020 or through the Borough Clerk's Office by using the contact information above. The application deadline for the 2020 regular election is Tuesday, October 27, 2020. Completed and signed applications may be mailed to or hand-delivered to the Borough Clerk's Office, or may be faxed to 907-861-7845.

Once the ballots are ready for distribution and upon the timely receipt of an application, the official ballot and voting material will be mailed to the applicant at the ballot mailing address provided on the application. Upon receiving the ballot, applicants need to carefully follow ALL instructions to ensure that the ballot is properly cast.

Ballot envelopes must be postmarked by Election Day, and received in the Borough Clerk's Office no later than 5 p.m. three calendar days after the election. Hand-delivered ballots must be returned to a Borough election official by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Early/Absentee In-Person Voting

Early/Absentee In-Person voting will begin on Monday, October 19, 2020, and continue through Monday, November 2, 2020. See below for the dates and locations that early/absentee in-person voting will be available. Questions? Call 907-861-8683.

EARLY/ABSENTEE VOTING LOCATIONS – All Ballot Styles Available At These Locations 

 Location

Ballot Type

Hours

Wasilla Public Library
500 N Crusey St.
Wasilla, AK 99654

 All

Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturdays, October 24 and 31
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sundays, October 25 and November 1
12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday, November 2
8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Mat-Su Borough DSJ Admin. Building
350 E. Dahlia Ave., Palmer, AK

All 

Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
October 19-November 2

Voting Assistance

A Touch Screen Voting unit will be available at the MAT-SU Borough DSJ Admin. Building and the Wasilla Public Library 15 days prior to the election. Touch screen voting is intended for the blind, disabled and voters with reading difficulties. The touch screen units allow disabled voters to vote unassisted with a magnified, high contrast and audio ballot. At the end of voting, the touch screen unit produces a voter-verifiable paper ballot. The paper printout is secured behind a screen and allows the voter to verify the electronic ballot for accuracy. If you need to vote using a touch screen unit, ask an election worker for this voting option.

The Voting Locations link contains precinct information, or if you have questions, please call our office at (907)861-8683 or the Division of Elections at (907)373-8952.

WHAT IS EARLY VOTING?

Early Voting is like going to your polling location to vote on Election Day. Your eligibility is verified right then and there by the election official. You will sign an affidavit that in part verifies that you still claim residency where you are registered to vote and that you will not vote in any other manner in the election. Early voting is offered at the main Borough Building and at the Division of Elections. Please see above for locations and times.

Steps to voting early:

  • You go to an early voting location and present your identification;
    • If you do not have identification and an election official does not know you by first and last name you MUST vote a questioned ballot;
  • The election official will provide you with an envelope that contains your voter information (residence address, precinct number, etc);
  • If you verify and sign the certification that everything is the same, you are provided the ballot you are qualified to vote and you can cast that ballot;
  • Early voted ballots are counted after the polls close on Election Night

But wait….isn’t there a possibility that someone can vote early and then go to their precinct and vote on Election Day? No, this is not a possibility. Once you vote early, your name will be listed on the precinct register as having voted early.

Voting Locations

Voting Locations

votingLocationsThe precincts and polling places for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough are on the Polling Places & Precincts Page

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 Alaska State Division of Elections at 1-888-383-8683 (toll free), or the Borough Clerk's Office at 907-861-8683.

Initiative and Referendums

Initiative/Referendum Information

For general information on the initiative/referendum process, please see the link. If there are any additional questions after you review the process, please contact the Borough Clerk at (907)861-8683.

Results

 

resultsThese are the results for the last ten Borough elections. Click view all to see all elections back to 1964.

 

Election Results

November 5, 2019, Regular Election
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October 2, 2018, Regular Election
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October 3, 2017, Regular Election
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October 4, 2016 Regular Election
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October 6, 2015, Regular Election
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October 7, 2014, Regular Election
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October 1, 2013, Regular Election
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October 2, 2012, Regular Election
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October 4, 2011, Regular Election
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January 11, 2011 Special Election Results
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