Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Elections

Are you a Talkeetna Voter?

There is a special Ballot measure if you live in the Talkeetna Water & Sewer District. Click More Info for details and a map.

 
Notice to Voters - Precinct Info

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough will hold a regular election on Tuesday, October 3, 2017; however, not every precinct within the Borough will be open on election day or have a Borough ballot to vote.

The next regular election will be held on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

 

MSB Clerk’s Office
350 E. Dahlia Avenue
Palmer, Alaska
Phone: 861-8683
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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.
 

 

Voter Registration

Are you registered to vote?

Alaska State Division of Elections
North Fork Professional Bldg. B, Suite 102  
1700 E. Bogard Road
Wasilla, Alaska
Phone: 373-8952

registerThe Matanuska-Susitna Borough will hold its regular elections on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. In order for your vote to be counted, you must be registered 30-days prior to the election.

The deadline to qualify to vote is Sunday, September 3, 2017.

Voter registration applications are available online 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 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 next election, please watch this page.
We will make a 2017 Election Official application available in April 2017. Applications will also be available at that time 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 3, 2017. The candidate filing period for the following Assembly and School Board closed on Friday, July 28. A final slate of candidates is available.
  • Assembly District 4 – three-year term ending October 2020
  • Assembly District 5 - three-year term ending October 2020
  • School Board District 3 (previously Seat D) - three-year term ending October 2020
  • School Board District 6 (previously Seat E) - three-year term ending October 2020

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 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!

The application deadline for the October 3, 2017, regular election is September 26, 2017. 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 3, 2017, and received in the Borough Clerk's Office no later than October 6, 2017. 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 18, 2017, and continue through Election Day, Tuesday, October 3, 2017, at the Borough Building during business hours. Absentee In-Person voting will also be available at the Division of Elections Mat-Su Regional Office, Monday through Friday, September 18 thru 22 and September 25 thru 29, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, September 23 and 30, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Monday, October 2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Talkeetna Public Library will conduct Absentee In-Person voting during regular business hours beginning Monday, September 18 thru Monday, October 2.

The Voting Locations link contains precinct information, or if you have questions, please call 907-861-8683.

 

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

 

Propositions

This year's non-areawide proposition affects the Talkeetna Sewer and Water Service Area only.

PROPOSITION NO. B-1 (NON-AREAWIDE) THREE PERCENT (3%) SERVICE AREA SALES TAX FOR TALKEETNA SEWER AND WATER SERVICE AREA - [THIS PROPOSITION IS FOR THE EXISTING PROPERTIES OF THE SERVICE AREA]

Shall the Matanuska-Susitna Borough exercise the power to levy, collect, and enforce a sales tax not to exceed three percent (3%) on sales, services, and rentals within Service Area No. 36: Talkeetna Sewer and Water Service Area?

Ordinance Serial No. 17-074 - See link to legislation above.

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.

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 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.

 

Results

resultsThese are the results for the last five Borough Elections, click on view more to see the full list.

 

Election Results

October 4, 2016 Regular Election
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October 6, 2015, Regular Election Results
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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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