Election FAQ's

When does the City and Borough of Sitka conduct elections and what hours are the polling places open?

Elections are held every year on the 1st Tuesday in October for the regular election. Polling places are open from 7:00 am through 8:00 pm. State and federal primary elections are held in even numbered years on the fourth Tuesday in August. State and federal general elections are held in even numbered years on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. For information on state and federal elections, visit the State of Alaska, Division of Elections website at http://www.elections.alaska.gov/

Who is eligible to vote in a Sitka election?

Persons who are qualified to vote in state elections and have been registered to vote at an address within the City and Borough of Sitka for at least 30 days prior to the election are eligible to vote. If you have moved, be sure to turn in a voter registration form with the changes. This must be done no later than 30 days in advance of the election. Click here for additional information. Please verify the changes that have taken place by contacting the State of Alaska Elections office at 907-465-3021 or by checking out their website at http://elections.alaska.gov/indexNW.php

When must I register to vote to participate in an election?

You must register to vote no later than 30 days before an election.

Do I have to register for each election?

No. If you are registered to vote in State elections, you are also registered to vote in local elections. Your registration remains active as long as you remain a resident of Alaska in good standing.

How old must I be to register to vote?

You may register anytime within 90 days immediately preceding your 18th birthday. Persons older than 18 may register at anytime.

What do I do if my residence address has changed?

To vote in your correct precinct for an election, you must update your registration no later than 30 days before an election by turning in a voter registration form with all of your updated information.

Where is my polling place?

The numbers are shown on your voter ID card; district number followed by your precinct number. Click here to find the location of Sitka's polling places.

You may also call the Polling Place Locator at 1-888-383-8683, or 269-8683. You will need to have your voter ID or Social Security number ready.

I WANT TO VOTE EARLY or I'm not sure I'll be in town on Election Day. How do I get an absentee ballot?

Alaska law provides for the following ways to vote absentee:

  • In person (available 15 days before an election)
  • By mail (deadline for applying: 10 days before an election)
  • By fax (available 15 days before a Primary or General Election)
  • Special needs voting for disabled voters (available 15 days before an election)

Click here for more information about absentee voting.

If I am unable to go to the polls on Election Day due to age, serious illness or a disability, how may I vote?

You may apply for a ballot to be mailed to you as above. A few volunteers deliver ballots to disabled persons who cannot get to the polls. You may call the Clerk's Office at 747-1811 and ask that a ballot be delivered to you or complete the Special Needs Application. You will be asked to supply your address, telephone number, directions to your home, and a time when it would be most convenient to receive your ballots. Ballot delivery begins fifteen days prior to the election and continues through the day of the Election Day.

How do I become an Election Worker?

We welcome you to join our great team of Election Workers! Please call the Clerk’s Office at 747-1811.