Locations stay open for last-minute voter registration

Posted: Friday, October 04, 2002

Sunday at midnight is the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 5 general election, and students at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School will be staffing booths around town all weekend signing people up.

Register to vote

Sunday is the deadline for voter registration. Register at any Juneau Public Library through 5 p.m. Sunday. For more

information go to www.juneau.lib.ak.us/clerk/

elections or call 465-3021.

The Alaska Committee, the group dedicated to keeping the Legislature and the capital in Juneau, also is working to get Juneau residents registered so they can vote against Ballot Measure 2, which would move legislative sessions to the Mat-Su Borough.

The Alaska Committee headquarters at 201 N. Franklin St. will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday to register voters.

"Juneau must have the maximum number of voters turn out to defeat Ballot Measure 2, the legislative-move initiative," said Alaska Committee campaign director Christopher Clark in a prepared statement. "Juneau has so much to lose if this measure passes."

The Alaska Committee said a McDowell Group study shows that if the Legislature were moved, Juneau would lose 379 jobs.

"But that's not all," Clark said. "We believe that Ballot Measure 2 is really the first step in a full-blown capital move. If the capital were to move, the McDowell Group report shows that Juneau would lose more than 5,000 jobs, $175 million in annual payroll, and more than 8,200 residents."

Voter registration forms are available at the downtown, Douglas and Mendenhall Valley branches of the Juneau Public Library, the Alaska State Library, the Juneau city clerk's office, the state Division of Motor Vehicles, and the Division of Elections' regional office.

Regional elections offices in Juneau and the rest of the state will be open Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday, Oct. 6, from noon to 4 p.m.

Seventh- and eighth graders from Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School will be at Fred Meyer, Alaskan and Proud market, the Nugget Mall and Safeway today from 4 to 6 p.m., Saturday from 1:30 to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. to register voters.

Registration forms also can be downloaded at www.elections.state.ak.us. The forms must be submitted in person or by mail or fax.

Virginia Breeze of the state Division of Elections said registration forms received by mail must be postmarked by the Oct. 6 deadline.

They can be faxed to 465-3203 or 465-3021.

Breeze said all registration forms must be faxed before midnight on Sunday and warned that if the elections offices receive a high number of faxes at midnight, they might not all transmit by the deadline.

Southeast Regional Elections Supervisor Pam Crowe said Juneau has 24,011 registered voters.

Crowe recently visited Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School to train students to register citizens to vote. Jamie Marks, an American history teacher at Dzantik'i Heeni, has incorporated a four- to six-week elections unit focusing on the principles of democracy.

Dubbed the "Your Voice Counts" project, Marks said the students learn about current political issues and candidates in the upcoming election.

Students debate the issues and are awarded extra credit for working at voter registration booths. This is the second election Marks has run the program.

"It turned out to be something the kids talked about all year," Marks said.

Voter registration forms can be found at the following locations:

• Juneau Public Library, 292 Marine Way.

• Douglas Public Library, 1016 Third St.

• Mendenhall Valley Public Library, 9105 Mendenhall Mall Rd., Suite 150.

• Alaska State Library, 333 Willoughby Ave., State Office Bldg., 8th floor.

• City and Borough of Juneau City Clerk's Office, 155 South Seward St.

• Division of Motor Vehicles, 2760 Sherwood Lane, Suite B, or on the eighth floor of the State Office Building at 333 Willoughby Ave.

• Regional elections office on the sixth floor of the Court Plaza Building, 240 Main St.

Timothy Inklebarger can be reached at timothyi@juneauempire.com.

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