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The 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:
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.
The Mat-Su Borough strongly encourages voters to wear facial coverings while inside a polling place locations.
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.
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:
Voter Registration Contacts
AddressNorth Fork Professional Bldg. B, Suite 102
1700 E. Bogard Road
Are you registered to vote?
In 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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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 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
Wasilla Public Library
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Mat-Su Borough DSJ Admin. Building
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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.
The 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
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.
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