Local Election Coverage

Absentee voting starts this week for October elections

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The regular elections for the City and Borough of Wrangell are October 1st. Absentee voting begins Monday, September 16th.

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People who are registered to vote in the City and Borough of Wrangell can fill out their ballots in person on election day.

But for people who won’t be able to make it to the polls that day, there are some options.

Borough Clerk Kim Lane says first, you can vote absentee in person on or before September 30th.

“We’re here from nine to five. Please come in and place your ballot,” says Lane.

Second, if you’re registered to vote in this area, but can’t come in person before the elections to fill out an absentee ballot, you can send one in.

“If you are interested in voting by fax or by mail on our website, under the Elections tab, there is an application you can fill out and send to me,” says Lane.

A canvass board has been appointed by the Borough Assembly. It’s responsible for looking over all of the faxed and mailed ballots.

Those ballots are considered two days after election day. So, all faxed and mailed ballots must be received by Lane before October 3rd.

Finally, if you’re not registered to vote in this area, you might still have an option.

“Actually if somebody comes in and wants to absentee vote but they’re not on the register, they can fill out a question ballot,” says Lane.

She says this process has a few more steps.

“It would be placed in a special type of envelope. Then, after the election, I send the information to the Division of Elections for them to make the determination why that person was not on our register. Then, the canvass board on the third of October will make the determination on whether or not their ballot would count.”

So, once more, you can vote in person on October 1st, vote in person absentee by September 30th, vote by mail or fax by October 3rd, or fill out a question ballot.

For more information:

*contact Borough Clerk Kim Lane: 907-874-2381 or clerk@wrangell.com

*visit City Hall

*check out the “Elections” tab on the city’s website (wrangell.com)





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