For Anchorage residents who have waited until today (April 5) to vote in the citywide election, it is imperative that they do not simply drop their ballot in a post office box. Doing so may negate your vote because your ballot envelope may not get stamped in time to show that you mailed it by the deadline of April 5.

To ensure a ballot is counted, voters have three basic options today.

Vote in person at one of three Anchorage vote centers. These locations allow voters to replace lost, damaged or never-received ballots. Voters can also receive personal assistance if needed. Voting will take place all day, but voters must be standing in line at the vote centers by 8 p.m. at the very latest in order to cast a ballot.

Return your ballot envelope to one of 18 drop boxes located around the city. This must be done before 8 p.m. tonight.

Physically return your ballot (with a first-class stamp) to a U.S. Post Office location and ask the postal worker to “hand cancel” (or place a postmark on the envelope). This will ensure that your vote is not thrown out.


— Anchorage City Hall (632 W. 6th Ave., Room #155) – open until 8 p.m. today.

— Loussac Library (3600 Denali St., 1st Floor, Assembly Chambers) – open until 8 p.m. today

— Eagle River Town Center (12001 Business Blvd., Community Room #170) – open until 8 p.m.

For more information, call the voter hotline at (907) 243-VOTE (8683) or search the online map of Secure Ballot Drop Box and Anchorage Vote Center Locations at

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ALERT: If you’re voting in Anchorage today, don’t just drop your ballot in a mailbox

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.