Matanuska-Susitna Borough



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 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 Matanuska-Susitna Borough will hold its next regular election on Tuesday, October 2, 2018


Voter Registration

Voter Registration Contacts


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



Are you registered to vote?

registerIn order for your vote to be counted for the October 2, 2018, 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 will be Sunday, September 2, 2018.

Voter registration applications are available online from the Alaska State Division of Elections at, or you may register to vote at Alaska State Division of Elections office or  the MSB Clerk's office.  Voter registration applications are also available at the both locations as well as 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.

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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 using the application 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.

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Candidate Information

Candidate Information

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough will hold its regular election on Tuesday, October 2, 2018. The following seats will be up for election on the 2018 ballot:

  • Borough Mayor - three year term ending in 2021
  • Assembly District 3 - three year term ending in 2021
  • Assembly District 6 - three year term ending in 2021
  • Assembly District 7 - three year term ending in 2021
  • School Board District 1 (previously Seat A) - three year term ending in 2021
  • School Board District 4 (previously Seat B) - three year term ending in 2021

Candidate Declaration packets will be made available mid-July and the filing period is July 16 through July 27. The filing deadline is 5 p.m., Friday, July 27, 2018.

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.

Absentee Voting

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 absentee voting process.

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 2018 regular election will be available in early January. The application deadline for the October 2, 2018, regular election will be September 25, 2018. Completed and signed applications may be mailed to or hand-delivered at 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.

In order to qualify for counting, mailed ballot envelopes must be postmarked by Election Day, Tuesday, October 2, 2018, and received in the Borough Clerk's Office no later than October 5, 2018. Hand-delivered ballots 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 17, 2018, and continue through Election Day, Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at various locations around the Borough. See below for dates and locations. Questions? Call 861-8683.

     – Absentee In-Person Voting information will be made available close to the next election date.The Voting Locations link contains precinct information, or if you have questions, please call 907-861-8683.

Division of Elections- Mat-Su Regional Office
 September 17 thru 21  (M-F)  9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
 September 22  (Sat)  10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 September 24 thru 28  (M-F)  9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
 September 29  (Sat)  10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 October 1  (M)  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mat-Su Borough Admin Building
 September 17 thru October 2  (M-F only) 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Houston City Hall, Talkeetna & Trapper Creek Libraries
September 17 thru October 1 (M-F, M) During Business Hours

Voting Locations

Voting Locations

votingLocationsThe 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.


Propositions on the ballot for the October 2, 2018, regular Borough election are as follows. For the full language of the ordinance placing these propositions on the ballot, please select the proposition link provided.

Proposition No. B-1: ADVISORY VOTE ON POLICE POWERS - The Matanuska-Susitna Borough does not have police powers. Without police powers, the Borough cannot contract for additional State Troopers or City Police coverage, contract directly for police officers, create police service districts, or other possible options to provide for enhanced police service. If granted police powers, the Borough could pursue these options and still allow the Cities to maintain their own police departments if the Cities agree. Any future plan to obtain police powers will require additional voter approval. Should the Matanuska-Susitna Borough investigate and consider steps to develop a proposal to voters that adds police powers to its responsibilities?

Proposition No. B-2: FIFTY PERCENT MATCH BOROUGH TRANSPORATATION SYSTEMS BONDS - Shall the Matanuska-Susitna Borough engage in the construction, additions, improvements, betterments, repair, reconstruction, and acquisition of public roads and facilities related thereto in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough of the following Projects, together with all necessary equipment and transporation facilities, and the acquisition of lands or rights in lands in connection therewith and issue its areawide general obligation bonds, in an amount not to exceed the sum of Twenty-Three Million Eight Hundred Forty-Five Thousand Dollars ($23,845,000) for the purpose of financing the cost, in whole or in part, of the following Projects, in accordance with and ratifying and approving the provisions of Ordinance Serial No. 18-078 of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough adopted by the Borough Assembly on July 31, 2018.

Hemmer Road Upgrade Extension North to Bogard Road $2,600,000
Hermon Road Upgrade and Extension (Parks Highway to Palmer-Wasilla Highway) $3,500,000
MSB School District 2018 Pedestrian Projects (Safe Route to Schools Plan Implementation) $1,000,000
Aspen Ridge Road Extension to Palmer Fishhook Road $2,750,000
Cheri Lake Drive/Karen Avenue/King Arthur Drive Corridor Improvements $3,500,000
Trunk Road Extension South, Phase II/III $1,800,000
Tex-Al Drive Upgrade and Extension $2,750,000
Seldon Road Extension Phase II (Windy Bottom/Beverly Lakes Road to Pittman Road) $4,100,000
Trunk Road Connector/Katherine Drive $1,100,000
Smith Road Extension and Paved Pathway $745,000
Total $23,845,000

The bonds shall be secured by a pledge of full faith and credit of the Borough pursuant to Ordinance Serial No. 18-078 of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough adopted by the Borough Assembly on July 31, 2018.

This is the amount of the Borough's contribution for the above Projects. Bonds may not be issued to pay costs of a Project unless matching funds for that Project are received from sources other than the Bonds.

Proposition No. B-3: REGULAR ELECTION DATE CHANGE - Initiative Ordinance Serial No. 18-089. Currently the Borough's annual election is held on the first Tuesday in October. This ordinance would change the Borough's annual election date to the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November. Should this initiative become law?

Initiative and Referendums

Referendum IconPursuant 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.


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. Access the Ordinance Template under Election Top Docs located at the top of this webpage.

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 sufficiency of the petition.

If the petition is insufficient, the contact person will be notified and additional signatures will be due before the 11th day from the date the petition was rejected.

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.




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

October 2 Election Official Results


Election Results

October 2, 2018, Official Regular Election
October 3, 2017, Regular Election
October 4, 2016 Regular Election
October 6, 2015, Regular Election
October 7, 2014, Regular Election
October 1, 2013, Regular Election
October 2, 2012, Regular Election
October 4, 2011, Regular Election
January 11, 2011 Special Election Results
October 5, 2010 Regular Election