Absentee voters have multiple options for Nov. 7 election

Posted: Thursday, November 02, 2000

Residents who want to vote absentee in the Nov. 7 election can do it in a number of ways: in person, by mail, by fax and, for the disabled, elderly or ill, through a personal representative.

Residents can vote their absentee ballots in person now through election day Nov. 7 at the Region I Elections Office, Court Plaza Building, 240 Main St. in Juneau. They may also vote absentee in person at the Juneau Airport on election day only.

The application deadline for absentee mail ballots is past, but those who have ballots in hand should send them to Region I Elections Office, P.O. Box 110018, Juneau, AK 99811-0018. The ballots must be postmarked on or before Nov. 7.

Voters can obtain an application for a fax ballot up to 5 p.m Nov. 6. by calling the elections office at 465-4611. When the application is checked against the voter registration list and approved, a ballot wil be faxed to the applicant, who then votes the ballot, has the signature witnessed by two people who are at least 18 years old or by an officer of the court, notary public or election official and faxes the ballot according to instructions. Faxed ballots must be received by the appropriate fax in the election director's office 465 3825 by 8 p.m. on election day. Voters faxing in a vote should know they are waiving their right to a secret ballot.

A qualified voter who is disabled, elderly or ill may apply for an absentee ballot through a personal representative who can bring the ballot to the voter anyone over 18 who isn't a candidate, the voter's employer or an agent of the voter's union. The representative returns a completed application for a ballot to an election official at the elections office and takes the ballot to the voter. Ballots are available at the elections office through election day. They're also available at the any polling place. The voter completes a certificate authorizing the representative, votes the ballot privately, places it in a secrecy sleeve and seals it inside the envelope provided. The representative then takes the voted ballot back to an election official by 8 p.m. on election day.

For more information, call the elections office at 465-3021.

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