Elections

Updated 02/04/2020

2020 City of Valdez Regular Municipal Election

Election Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2020  
Polls Open: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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.

Nominating Petitions

Nominating petitions for the offices of City Council and School Board may be obtained at the City Clerk’s Office during regular business hours beginning February 18, 2020. 

The first date to file a petition for office will be February 18, 2020. 

Final date/time for filing a nominating petition will be March 16, 2020 at 12:00 noon.

Voter Registration

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.

*MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ABSENTEE VOTING, INCLUDING BALLOT REQUEST FORMS, COMING SOON*

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.

*FORM TO REQUEST ABSENTEE BALLOT BY MAIL COMING SOON*

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.

*FORM TO REQUEST ABSENTEE BALLOT BY ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION COMING SOON*

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.