Alaska’s special election for the U.S. House seat and the state’s regular primaries are less than a week – on Tuesday, Aug. 16.
When Kodiak residents vote on Tuesday, they’ll find a double sided ballot. On one side, voters can rank their choices for Alaska’s next representative for the U.S. House. On the other side, voters will fill out their individual primary picks for state offices – including governor, U.S. Senator, and state representatives. Voters also will also fill in a primary pick for the U.S. House seat – again – since whoever wins on Tuesday will have to run again in the fall. Sample ballots are available on the state’s Division of Elections website.
Kodiak voters can vote absentee in-person through Monday, Aug. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kodiak Island Borough’s Assembly chambers – if they requested an absentee ballot before Aug. 6. Kodiak does have early voting, but it’s only for local elections – that means that voters can cast their ballots early for the municipal elections, which will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 4. The main difference between the two is how and when the votes are counted; absentee in-person ballots are sent to the state’s election board for review and they’re counted after the election. Voters who cast their ballots early sign an affidavit and their vote is counted with the rest of the ballots submitted on election day.
Registered voters can cast their ballots in-person for the August election from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug.16. Anyone with questions can call the borough clerk’s office at 907-486-9310 or the Alaska Region 1 Elections office at 907-465-3021. In-person voting locations throughout the Kodiak Island Borough are as follows:
Women’s Bay Fire Hall, 538 Sargent Creek Road
Harbor Master’s Office, 403 Marine Way West
Kodiak Community Teen Center, 410 Cedar Street
Bayside Firehall, 4606 E. Rezanof Drive
Chiniak Public Library, 43318 Spruce Way, Chiniak
Larsen Bay Senior Center, Larsen Bay
Old Harbor Senior Center, Three Saints Avenue, Old Harbor
Ouzinkie Tribal Office, Third Street, Ouzinkie
Port Lions Community Building, 207 Spruce Drive, Port Lions