The Juneau Assembly unanimously voted to change its elections code by removing the requirement that mail-in ballots include a witness verification signature to ensure the legal identity of absentee voters.

No one from the public testified on the measure prior to the June 14 vote, and there was no discussion or debate on the matter. City Manager Rorie Watt spoke briefly on the ordinance, which amends election code to require one of three identifiers for a voter – drivers license number, date of birth, last four digits of social security number, but not a witness verification.

Watt asserted that using one of the three above identifiers is more reliable than having a witness sign a legal oath that the absentee voter is who he or she claims to be.

Witness verification requirements, like what the State of Alaska has in place for statewide elections, are used in many local and state elections across the nation. Supporters of this practice maintain that it provides another layer of protection in ensuring the integrity of election by holding the witnesses legally responsible for accurately verifying the identity of the mail-in voter. Opponents claim that it complicates the election process for those who live alone and may have a difficult time finding anyone who can verify their identity.

In a separate vote, the assembly unanimously voted to extend – until July 31 – its mandatory mask requirement for residents ages two years and older who cannot or will not submit to receiving the experimental COVID-19 injection.

With few exceptions, the unvaccinated who violate the mandate are subject $25 fines for each infraction. In addition to a civil fine those who refuse to comply with the law may also face the revocation of certificate of occupancy, civil lawsuits and denial of services. Those deemed vaccinated, however, are free to dispense of facemasks.

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Juneau dumps witness verification for absentee voters, extends mask mandate for unvaxxed

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.


  • Jmk says:

    How does the Juneau assembly propose that stores and such know if someone is vaxxed or not? Are they actually fining people?

  • Vonda Sanders says:

    Wow!! Unbelievable. I WILL NEVER GO BACK TO JUNEAU!! This is against our constitution. It is not FDA approved!

  • Ralph says:

    Juneau is only our capital so the career politicians can hide in a city few have access to.
    “Chew” your masks, your vaccine, and you dictatorial decrees! I am not your property to make demands of!
    You have no right to my medical information!!!!
    The Fed does Not control the State, the state does not control the people.. and the public servants and just that, SERVANTS. In fact our local government is trying to control We The People through coercion in the public sector. Just like… Germany..
    -SAHME on the puppets that think they can be dictators.. your NOT in control.. WE ARE and you will answer to God for your crimes against US =]

  • Jen says:

    Bless Juneau Residents hearts for having to put up with that garbage coming from whom they elected and hired over their small town. Those previous residents who were smart are those who had already packed up their bags and headed out of Southeast before 2010. They saw the seeds being planted of this communist governance.
    Oppression is what it is! Its effect on people makes them run to the One they thought they didnt need -The Father in Heaven where the first rights originated. The freedom to worship or not worship Him. But! We only have two choices though: love the Father or love the world and be enslaved by it deciding which one has more grace and compassion toward us.

  • Michael S Totten says:

    I would like to see the jackboots attempt to enforce any of this on me. I may just decide to have a flashback and think I’m back in Bosnia and hog tie a cop in the process of it all

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  • DoneWithIt says:

    Commie occupied territory.
    Push to pull state gov’t out of Juneau – and it becomes a shell of its former self.

  • Jon and Ruth Ewig says:

    Who lives in Juneau? Who are these people? Are they the legislatures aids. Who are these Marxists making these unlawful decisions? Who will push back against the bureaucrats there? When will the capital be moved to an accessible site so there is true accountability for what is going on? When will Dominion be taken away and voters vote on that day and only that day all over the state?

  • Sandra Oden says:

    I don’t understand how a birthdate identifies a person as a voter and I would NEVER put a mask on a child or on myself! Both are unconstitutional. The first inalienable right is to LIFE! What happened to all these people who protested for breathing rights; i.e., I CAN’T BREATHE! They are the first ones shaming people for not wearing masks! Well, I CAN’T BREATHE with a mask on and you can take your $25 and cram it where the sun don’t shine! I feel better now.

    • Kim Fasser says:

      ❤BRAVO!!! Very eloquently written, my thoughts exactly!❤

      I do believe these self important mental midgets have forgotten to whom they think they are trying to dictate! Americans, especially ALASKAN Americans don’t take kindly to dictators!

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    How Stupid
    wear your Diaper face mask, Being outside watching the fireworks.
    No mask are shot for me plus more craziness, giving a shot to a child or making them wear a face mask.
    Move out while you can RUN

  • Elizabeth Henry says:

    Interesting the parallel of the most liberal city in our state undermining election integrity. Given so many citizens are ‘waking up’ to the Marxist and communist long term intentions of the left, the left must do everything possible to insure vote manipulation.

  • NP Adam says:

    We all vote our oppressors into office. I hope the people of Juneau realize this as they wakeup to don their diaper.