2020 City of Valdez Regular Municipal Election
Election Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Polls Open: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
In light of recent events related to the new coronavirus pandemic, the City Clerk would like to reassure registered voters the May 5, 2020 Valdez Municipal Election is currently proceeding as scheduled. Due to social distancing guidelines and other concerns, the City Clerk strongly encourages eligible voters to consider voting absentee by mail or electronic transmission. Click here to view a letter from the City Clerk.
Notice of Election
Notice is hereby given that pursuant to applicable law and ordinances (or Code of Laws of the City of Valdez) a general election will be held on TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2020, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. to elect candidates for the following offices:
CITY COUNCIL: Two (2) Vacancies to Each Serve a Three (3) Year Term
SCHOOL BOARD: Three (3) Vacancies to Each Serve a Three (3) Year Term
Eligibility of Candidates
City Council and City School Board: Must be a qualified elector of Alaska who has been a resident of the City of Valdez for a period of not less than one year immediately preceding the date of filing.
May 2020 Candidates
City Council Member (Two vacancies)
- Ken Lares
- Susan Love
- Jim Shirrell
- Sue Ellen Montes
- James "Jimmy" Devens
- Dawson Moore
School Board Member (Three vacancies)
- Carey Wade
- Bill Connell
- Paul Crater
- Jamie Winchester
- Ana Hinkle
- Cara Bourne
A person is qualified to vote in the Valdez Municipal Election on May 5, 2020 who:
- Is a United States citizen;
- Is 18 years or older;
- Has been a resident of the State of Alaska and the City of Valdez for 30 days immediately preceding the election;
- Is registered to vote through the State of Alaska 30 days prior to the election as required under Alaska Statutes 15.07 and is not registered to vote in another jurisdiction; and
- Is not disqualified under Article V of the State Constitution.
Voters must be registered through the State of Alaska at least 30 days prior to any municipal, state, or federal election
Voter Registration Form (Paper Version)
Voter Registration Alaska Link (Online Version)
Absentee Voting Options
There are four ways to cast an absentee ballot for the May 2020 Regular Municipal Election.
Option #1: Absentee Voting in Person @ City Hall
A qualified elector may vote absentee in person at City Hall beginning Monday, April 20, 2020 through Monday, May 4, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on regular business days.
Option #2: Absentee Voting by Mail
Requests for an absentee ballot by mail must be made on a City of Valdez provided form, which includes the qualified elector’s Valdez address, the address to which the ballot is to be sent, and the voter’s signature.
It is advisable to apply for your absentee ballot by mail at least four weeks prior to the election to ensure the voted ballot reaches the City Clerk’s office before May 5, 2020.
Option #3: Absentee Voting by Electronic Transmission (Fax or Email)
Requests for an absentee ballot by electronic transmission must be made on a City of Valdez provided form.
Voting by electronic transmission is conducted by the City Clerk’s office on regular business days from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. beginning Monday, April 20, 2020 through the close of polls on election day.
Option #4: Absentee Voting through a Personal Representative
A qualified elector unable to go to the polls due to age, serious illness, or disability may either request an absentee ballot by mail as described above or apply for an absentee ballot through a personal representative.
Absentee voting through a personal representative is available beginning Monday, April 20, 2020 through the close of polls on election day. To request absentee voting by personal representative, contact the City Clerk’s office at 907-834-3468 or Email Allie Ferko.
Valdez Polling Locations
Precinct No. 1 - Valdez Recreation Center (Formerly called the Valdez Teen Center) - 414 W Hanagita Street
Voters with residence addresses west of Hazelet Avenue.
Precinct No. 2 - Valdez City Council Chambers - 212 Chenega Ave
Voters with residence addresses between Hazelet Avenue and a north/south line drawn through the point where Crooked Creek crosses the Richardson Highway (Salmon Turnaround)
Precinct No. 3 - Robe River Fire Station - 114 River Drive
Voters with residence addresses east of a north/south line drawn through the point where Crooked Creek Crosses the Richardson Highway (Salmon Turnaround)
For additional information regarding Valdez local municipal elections, please contact the City Clerk’s office (907) 834-3468 or Email Allie Ferko. For additional information regarding voter registration or state/federal elections, visit Alaska Elections. To register to vote online, visit Voter Registration Alaska.