Voting locations see changes

Officials expect strong turnout across state as polls open today

Posted: Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Early voting in Juneau has been "amazing," said Alyce Houston, Southeast Region elections supervisor.

Despite that, elections officials are still expecting a strong turnout statewide as polls open today for regular voting.

Those who do their civic duty by voting today can also get a pat on the back in the form of a free cup of brewed coffee from Starbucks, the coffee purveyor has announced. Juneau's only Starbucks, inside Fred Meyer on Glacier Highway, is participating in the event, the company said.

Infrequent voters may notice some changes in poll locations since the last general election, but they remain the same as in the August primary and October municipal elections, Houston said.

Polling locations are:

• Douglas: Douglas Library, 1016 Third St.

• Juneau No. 1 has moved from the Assembly Chambers to the Juneau Arts & Culture Center, the former National Guard Armory building at 350 Whittier Avenue.

• Juneau No. 2 has moved from the Cathedral of the Nativity 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.

• Juneau No. 3: Juneau Senior Center, 895 W. 12th St.

• Juneau No. 4: 03-340, Cedar Park, 3414 Foster Ave.

• Juneau Airport: Nugget Mall, 8745 Glacier Highway.

• Lemon Creek: Alaska Electric Light & Power, 5601 Tonsgard Court.

• Salmon Creek: Tlingit & Haida Community Center, 3235 Hospital Drive.

• Switzer Creek: Gruening Park Recreation Center, 1800 Northwood Drive.

• Mendenhall Valley No. 1 polling place at the Mendenhall Mall will remain at the mall, but in a new locations. 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 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, Houston said.

• Mendenhall Valley No. 3: Glacier Valley Baptist Church, 3921 Mendenhall Loop Road.

• Mendenhall Valley No. 4: Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 4212 Mendenhall Loop Road.

• Auke Bay-Fritz Cove: Auke Bay Fire Station, 11900 Glacier Highway.

• Lynn Canal: Auke Bay Ferry Terminal.

Voter registration deadlines have passed for all state races, but federal law allows registration and voting on Election Day. A voter who has not yet registered but who wishes to cast a ballot for president may cast a questioned ballot that will be counted for that race only, Houston said.

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

Second-grader Riley Sikes casts his ballot for president Monday during the Youth Vote Juneau program at Auke Bay Elementary School. Juneau elementary school students voted on Monday. Students in middle schools, high schools and alternative education programs will vote today. Youth Vote Juneau will post results tonight at Centennial Hall's election central.

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