Juneau residents are invited to express their views regarding the Assembly’s plan to spend $700,000 to fund a vote-by-mail facility. Public comments will be heard on Monday, Aug. 23, during the regular Assembly meeting, staring at 7 p.m.

In May of 2020, Juneau moved to a mail-in-only vote for its municipal election, a move that drew some criticism because of the known fraudulent abuses associated with widespread mail-in voting. The upcoming Oct. 5 election will also be mail-in only.

The latest plan is to use general funds to renovate an existing borough facility – the Thane Warehouse – and purchase equipment to allow for locally hosted vote-by-mail municipal elections. The warehouse would be turned into a giant ballot processing center. The work is anticipated to be completed in time to conduct the 2022 municipal election at the center.

Juneau’s upcoming Oct. 5 election, in which residents will vote for mayor and Assembly seats, will be hosted at the Municipality of Anchorage facility, as it was last year.

Community members can comment on the new spending proposal in person – up to eight people will be allowed in the audience seats at City Hall – or through Zoom, or over the phone. Members of the public are also encouraged to email their comments in advance of the meeting to

  • Click here to join the Zoom meeting.
  • Dial 1-253-215-8782 to join via phone (Webinar ID: 915 1542 4903).
  • Click here to read the ordinance.

Juneau officials to hear from public before voting to spend $700K to establish vote-by-mail center

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.


  • Neil A DeWitt says:

    Why waste the money? Juneau will get what they want and their decision will effect the rest of the state. It’s a tragedy a small select prejudice group will be the only ones polled to fill the block the public had comment. How about we put vote by mail on the ballot again now the state has had a taste and see what the rest of the people really think now?

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    More cheating and stealing our elections.
    Juneau is a cesspool. I would never live there. It’s a bunch of thieves
    What don’t they get. You go to the polls show ID yes ID, then you get your ballot
    you get one vote.
    End of story.

    • Jake says:

      You forgot about the requirement that you have to be white, not of Hispanic origin, to vote…or are we still pretending that we aren’t racist???

  • Kathy says:

    We shouldn’t be spending any of OUR money without a full forensic audit of 2020. Paper ballots and ID until we have the answers.

    • Amy Hensley says:

      You are correct, forensic audits .. out of pocket for all of them, a intense look into the crimes many of us believe are committed!!! Expose the evil!!!

  • Ralph says:

    They like their Ivory Tower in Juneau… it ridiculous to have a capital set Away from the people.
    Juneau can join California for all I care.

  • Lil says:

    I’m all for showing ID/proof for the RIGHT TO VOTE. NO on mail-in ballots … of ANY kind.