Assembly supports vote by mail during municipal election

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The CBJ Assembly endorsed the suggestion from Clerk Beth McEwen that they conduct the vote by mail to limit exposure of staff and voters to COVID-19.

    The municipal election is scheduled for October 6.

    The assembly will consider ordinances through a public process in the coming weeks.

    The regular municipal election will be conducted in partnership with the Municipality of Anchorage.  They have run a vote-by-mail election for the past two years.

    This includes the April election held during the pandemic.

    The CBJ will use the Anchorage Election Center and staff resources which will save the CBJ the need to purchase the vote-by-mail equipment.

    Clerk Beth McEwen said some polling places would not be available this year including Bartlett Regional Hospital and some churches.

    She noted 90 percent of her election staff is over 60 years old.

    Even with the vote-by-mail, there will be physical early voting available for two weeks prior to election day.

    The CBJ plans to release further details on how the system will work in the coming weeks.

    The results of the election are expected to be available on October 9.





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