With one day left to vote, more than 177,000 Anchorage voters have not cast their ballots. As of April 5, only 43,434 ballots had been received by the municipal clerk’s office. The election closes at 8 p.m. tonight, April 6.

The low voter turnout comes on the heels of a tumultuous political year marked by dozens of political protests, rallies, rolling caravans and jam-packed Anchorage Assembly meetings with long lines of public testimony. Additionally, area residents have launched multiple recall efforts to oust various Assembly members. The one against Assembly Chairman Felix Rivera successfully made it to the ballot.

Despite heightened political activity, a crowded mayor’s race, four school board contests and intense criticism of the Assembly, voter participation is far below that of the past three years.


2020: 71,382 voted

2019: 65,100 voted

2018: 79,295 voted


  • Those who vote today (April 6), must ensure that their ballot is postmarked April 6. Ask a postal official to hand-stamp your envelope with a postmark.
  • Ballots can be returned to any number of secure drop boxes around the city. This must be done no later than 8 p.m. sharp on April 6. Click here for a comprehensive list of drop box locations.
  • If you need voting assistance, need to replace a lost or damaged ballot, or didn’t receive a ballot, call Anchorage Vote Center at 243-8683.
  • If you want to vote in-person, go to one the following three locations between 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day (April 6).
    • City Hall (632 West 6th Ave, Room 155)
    • Eagle River Town Center: 12001 Business Boulevard, Community Room #170
      (same building as the library)
    • Loussac Library (3600 Denali Street, First Floor, Assembly Chambers)

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Voter turnout remains low in final hours of Anchorage election

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Sammy says:

    The current unelected mayor (for that position) won her assembly seat by less than 4,000 votes in a city of over 250,000. She is controlling a city of over 250,000 with around 4,000 votes. Let that sink in. Get out and vote people!

  • Neil A DeWitt says:

    Looks to me like a good reason to get rid of mail in voting. The cost, time and trouble it has caused isn’t worth the effort to do it!

    • Bill Brasky says:

      I have to vote by mail – sounds to me like you want to take my vote away.
      You must be a liberal.

      • Elizabeth Henry says:

        . There has always been provision to vote for those unable to go to the polls. Your argument is the proverbial straw man. Mail in voting, for the able bodied, needs to go.

      • Proud Alaskan says:

        No mail in voting
        ID required,are these mail in ballots, being checked for legal voters?

      • I voted and was questioned says:

        I voted by mail And my signature was in question. I had to resign affirming it was me? Somehow my signature didn’t match what was on file
        I assumed the powers that be didn’t like my choices

  • Elizabeth Henry says:

    I pray the polling places have lines today. Get out and vote Anchorage!

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    Yes get off your Lazy butts and vote at the poles, like we use too.
    Absentee ballots can be mailed to you with ID if you can’t get out. Plus yes, you have to have an ID to vote at the poles too, end of Story.
    So we’re not taking away your right to vote. We’re trying to stop the cheating going on in anchorage and across America.
    If you don’t Vote, then you have no say on the election, Shut Up

  • Mike carter says:

    How do we know that the votes aren’t being checked and tossed in the dumpster? Maybe there has been a good turn out. Who’s policing the dirty end of things.

  • NorthernMegaWood says:

    Oh! Thats right…Dominion!!!

  • Elizabeth Henry says:

    So I am hearing that even going to the polls is simply an act of filling out a ‘mail in ballot’? Results will ‘trickle in’ over the next few, or several, days? Likely ‘enhanced’ to further the leftist agenda? The left is succeeding in destroying the democratic process. Astounding.

  • DoneWithIt says:

    Anchorage will get what it deserves.
    Mask mandates.
    School closures.
    Vaccine passports.
    Limited dining and drinking.
    Please stay in town.
    We don’t want “Cali/Portland/NYC” types in the Valley.
    I haven’t worn a mask in months in the Valley – my kids go to school, play sports, we go to church, out to eat, cold beer on Friday night at the bar – normal life.
    Anchorage is like some dystopian, orwellian hellhole – with zombie MaskTards everywhere.
    Good luck with boywonderr Dunbar!