Voters to weigh in on same-sex benefits today

Posted: Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Voters will head to the polls between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. today to weigh in on whether same-sex partners of state workers should be allowed to receive employee benefits.

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The single-question ballot will ask voters whether another vote should be scheduled in November 2008 to amend the Alaska Constitution to bar partners of gay public employees from receiving worker benefits.

The vote is advisory and does not require lawmakers to place the amendment on next year's ballot.

Voters will need their voter identification card bearing their signature or some other piece of identification with a signature for verification. A photo ID is not required, elections officials said.

To find out where to vote, check your voter ID card for a two-digit number followed by a three-digit number. Those are the House district and precinct numbers that will show you were to cast your ballot. (See chart.)

Voters also can call the state's toll-free polling place locator at (888) 383-8683. You'll need a voter ID number or Social Security number and will be told where your polling place is.

Absentee voters casting a ballot by fax must make sure they're received at the appropriate fax in the Absentee Voting Office by 8 p.m. today.

Mailed absentee ballots must be postmarked by election day.

Disabled voters with special needs may cast ballots in Juneau at Mendenhall Mall, 9109 Mendenhall Mall Rd., Suite 3, or call 465-3021 for information.

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