Primary voting shows few changes

Posted: Monday, August 23, 2010

Polling places will be open for 13 hours Tuesday, starting at 7 a.m. and closing at 8 p.m. for Tuesday's primary election.

All voters are eligible to participate, but not all can vote in all races. For Juneau voters, most polling places remain the same, but one downtown precinct has changed locations.

In this primary election voters will be able to cast votes to nominate candidates for the Republican and Democratic nominees for governor and lieutenant governor, as well as two statewide ballot measures, one involving changes to laws regarding elections and lobbying, and the other parental notification for abortion services.

Voting for one of Alaska's U.S. Senate seats and its single seat in the U.S. House of Representatives will also take place.

All three members of Juneau's legislative delegation are seeking renomination for their current positions, but the outcome of those races is a foregone conclusion. No one has filed to run against any of them in either the primary or general elections.

All voters will be able to vote on the ballot measures, but the Republican Party does not allow those registered in other political parties to vote in its primary. The ballot for the Democratic, Libertarian and Alaska Independence Party candidates is open to anyone. There is a third ballot available with no candidates, just ballot measures.

In Juneau, there has been only a single change in polling places since the 2008 general election. Precinct No. 2, which in 2008 moved from the Cathedral of the Nativity to the Juneau Arts & Culture Center, will move this year to the Holy Trinity Church.

Precinct No. 1 will continue to vote at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. In 2008 both precincts voted at the center, the only polling place in the city where two precincts voted at the same location. This election there will be no combined precincts.

Voter identification needed at the polls is either a signed voter ID card, driver's license, state ID, military ID or other current or valid photo identification. Voters may also use another form of identification if it includes name and current address, such as a current utility bill or pay check, government check or bank statement or other government-issued document.

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