Juneau voters flood locations for absentee voting

U.S. Senate candidates urge voters to cast their ballots early this year

Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Absentee voting

• For a complete list of absentee voting locations in your community, see: www.gov.state.ak.us/ltgov/elections/avoc.htm.

• For more information on different ways to vote absentee, visit the Web at: www.gov.state.ak.us/ltgov/elections/abinfo.htm

• For answers concerning absentee voting, contact the Region 1 election office at 465-3021.

While most state workers were enjoying the day off in celebration of Alaska Day on Monday, employees with the state Division of Elections started collecting votes for the upcoming election.

Absentee voting opened Monday and election workers said more than 100 people turned up at the district office in the Mendenhall Valley.

"Each year I've seen an increase in absentee voting, but this year it is a significant increase," said Region 1 Election Supervisor Pam Crowe. She said about 20 to 40 voters have turned out the first day to vote absentee in previous elections.

The campaigns for U.S. Senate candidates Tony Knowles and Lisa Murkowski are working to get voters to the polls early this year.

"Early voting is the best way to ensure your vote for Lisa is counted and the last minute events don't keep you from the polls on Nov. 2," reads a campaign e-mail distributed Monday by the Murkowski campaign.

The Knowles campaign carries a similar message on his election Web site: "Would you just like the convenience of not going to the polls? No problem. Vote early!"

Crowe said registered voters can vote absentee at Region 1 election offices in the Mendenhall Mall at 9103 Mendenhall Mall Road or downtown at the KeyBank office at 234 Seward St. The Mendenhall Mall location is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30; and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31. The KeyBank location is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Both locations will be open Election Day.

Crowe said the best way to absentee vote is to go into one of the two locations, but voters also can have a ballot sent to their homes. They must have their request to the Region 1 office by Oct. 26, Crowe said. She said absentee ballot requests, even if postmarked by Tuesday, Oct. 26, will not be honored unless they are received by the deadline.

"The best way at this point is to come in to make sure they get a ballot if they're in town," she said. Voters also can vote absentee by fax.

She said absentee voting at either one of the two offices will be available in person up to Election Day on Nov. 2.

She said the ballots are available to Alaskans from any of the state's 40 districts.

• Timothy Inklebarger can be reached at timothy.inklebarger@juneauempire.com.

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