Election Top Docs
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The Borough Clerk's Office is responsible for planning and administering Borough regular and special elections. The 2019 regular election is scheduled for November 5, 2019.
Election Date Change:
In the 2018 regular election voters passed an initiative proposition to change the Borough’s regular election date to the first Tuesday, following the first Monday, in November. The November election date coincides with the State/Federal general election date. The Borough has elections annually, while the State/Federal elections are held on even numbered years. In the years the Borough and State/Federal elections will be held simataneously, you will be able to vote both elections at your regular precinct. Please note that the Borough and State/Federal elections are separate elections and are not run together and you will have two separate ballots to vote on even numbered years.
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.
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 2019 Regular Borough Election will be Sunday, October 6, 2019.
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 5, 2019. The following offices are to be filled at the election:
- Assembly District 1 - three-year term ending November 2022
- Assembly District 2 - three-year term ending November 2022
- School Board District 2 - three-year term ending November 2022
- School Board District 5 - three-year term ending November 2022
- School Board District 7 - three-year term ending November 2022
The candidate filing period opens at 8 a.m. on Monday, August 19, 2019, and closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, August 30, 2019.
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 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.
- Candidates for Assembly seats shall reside in the Assembly District for which they file for one year immediately prior to the election and meet the requirements of MSB 2.12.030; and
- Candidates for School Board seats shall be a resident of the district they file for and meet the requirements of MSB 19.04
Declarations of candidacy and other candidate filing forms shall be filed during the candidate filing period, beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, August 19, 2019, through 5 p.m. on Friday, August 30, 2019, at the Borough Clerk's Office, located at 350 E. Dahlia Avenue, Palmer, Alaska. Candidate filing packets will be available prior to the filing period, but cannot be filed until the filing period opens on August 19. Candidate filing forms can be obtained through the Borough Clerk’s Office.
If you are interested in running for office and would like more information, please call the Borough Clerk's Office at 861-8683.
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 2019 regular election are now available on this webpage or through the Borough Clerk's Office by using the contact information above. The application deadline for the 2019 regular election is Tuesday, October 29, 2019. 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 and Absentee In-Person Voting
Early and Absentee In-Person voting will begin on Monday, October 21, 2019, and continue through Election Day, Tuesday, November 5, 2019, at various locations around the Borough. See below for the dates and locations early and absentee in-person voting will be available. Questions? Call 907-861-8683.
EARLY VOTING LOCATIONS – All Ballot Styles Available At These Locations
Division of Election
Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m
| Mat-Su Borough DSJ Admin. Building
350 E. Dahlia Ave., Palmer, AK
|All|| Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
October 21-November 5
A Touch Screen Voting unit will be avalible at the MAT-SU BOROUGH DSJ ADMIN BUILDING 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.
ABSENTEE IN-PERSON VOTING LOCATIONS
| Houston City Hall
13878 W. Armstrong
Ballot Styles Available Will Be
| Monday-Friday Normal Business
Talkeetna Public Library
| Ballot Styles Available Will Be
Limited & Specific to Each Location
|Normal Business hours|
Trapper Creek Public Library
Ballot Styles Available Will Be
Normal Business hours
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 THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EARLY VOTING AND ABSENTEE IN-PERSON 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.
Absentee In-Person Voting is available at the city of Houston and the Talkeetna and Trapper Creek libraries. Your eligibility to vote in the election is verified after Election Day. You will complete an Absentee In-Person Oath and Affidavit envelope with your information. After voting your ballot, you place the ballot into a secrecy sleeve and then your ballot is sealed into the Oath and Affidavit Envelope. After Election Day, Absentee In-Person ballots are canvassed by the Canvass Board. The Canvass Board reviews the Oath and Affidavit envelope to verify that you are a registered voter in the Borough, whether you still claim residency where you are registered to vote, and that you have received the ballot you are qualified to vote. Absentee-In Person ballots are counted prior to the Assembly certifying the election results.
The precincts and polling places for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough are on the Polling Places & Precincts Page. 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 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.
These are the results for the last ten Borough elections. Click view all to see all elections back to 1964.