Primary features new polling places

Contested races include Juneau House districts, U.S. Senate and House

Posted: Monday, August 25, 2008

Juneau voters will be faced with several new polling places Tuesday, when they vote in the statewide primary election.

Among the races are contested primaries in both Juneau House districts, as well as contested Democratic and Republican primaries in the U.S. Senate and House.

Among the polling place changes:

• Mendenhall Valley No. 1, 04-410, polling place at the Mendenhall Mall will remain at the mall, but in a new location. The space used last election is now occupied by Cheap Cholly's, but the new polling place will be located in an empty suite closer to Gottschalks. Signs at mall entrances will direct voters to the location.

• Mendenhall Valley No. 2, 04-420, polling place that was formerly located at Carrs Safeway will instead be located at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. The new location won't affect customers trying to eat lunch at Safeway, regional elections supervisor Alyce Houston said.

In addition, in the new location election officials won't have to worry about violating elections rules if stories in the newspapers on sale in the store bring campaign information within 200 feet of a polling place, she said.

• Juneau No. 1, 03-310, will be moved to the Juneau Arts & Culture Center, the former National Guard Armory building at 350 Whittier Ave.

• Juneau No. 2, 03-320, also will be moved to the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. Both precincts 1 and 2 will vote in the same location, the only place in Juneau where that will happen.

Voters registered as Republican, nonpartisan or undeclared will be able to choose a Republican ballot. Any voter is able to chose an A-D-L ballot, with candidates from the Alaska Independence, Democratic and Libertarian parties.

Both the Republican and A-D-L ballots also contain ballot measures, and there is a ballot with only ballot measures available as well.

All polling places will be open for 13 hours, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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