The effort to recall leftist Anchorage Assemblywoman Meg Zaletel has begun in earnest. On Oct. 4, the city mailed out 36,209 ballots to registered voters who live in Zaletel’s Assembly District 4. Ballots must be returned by Oct. 26 at 8 p.m.
While Zaletel has endured intense criticism for many of her far-leftist and highly controversial policy positions regarding homelessness, support for lockdowns and mandates and divisive use of CARES Act funding, the actual recall petition states that she is guilty of committing “misconduct in office” for ignoring a city mandate that limited indoor gatherings to 15 people or less. This was done at a time when the city was forcing everyone else to follow mandates that were crippling local businesses.
While most recall advocates did not agree with the 15-person limit on gatherings, once it was in place they did not think Zaletel or the other assembly members had the legal right to flaunt the order.
Voters should expect to receive ballots by Monday, Oct. 11, according to the city clerk’s office. District 4 voters who do not receive a ballot package by then can call the voter hotline at (907) 243-8683 or email the city at email@example.com. Election workers are standing by, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and can provide as many options as possible for Assembly District 4 voters to vote in this election.
To confirm whether you live in District 4, visit www.muni.org/assemblymap and type the residence address into the search field in the upper left corner of the map.
Once receiving a ballot package, voters must return it in one of three ways.
- Place the ballot return envelope in a Secure Drop Box located within or near Assembly District 4.
- Mail the ballot return envelope by using first class postage through the United States Postal Service.
- Bring the ballot return envelope to the Anchorage Vote Center at the Loussac Library between October 18 and October 26 (see www.muni.org/elections/AVC for hours).
For maps of the seven Secure Drop Boxes and the location of the Anchorage Vote Center, visit www.muni.org/elections/dropbox
For additional election information, visit muni.org/elections.