2020 City of Valdez Regular Municipal Election
Election Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Polls Open: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Final election results will be certified by City Council during
their regular meeting Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.
COVID-19 and Elections
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. Stay Safe & Vote at Home. Click here to view a letter from the City Clerk.
NEW! Additionally, the City Clerk will be exercising her emergency powers and declining to open two of the three precincts for the May 2020 municipal election. Precinct #1 (Recreation Center) and Precinct #3 (Robe River Fire Station) will be closed for this election. Click here to view a public notice from the City Clerk.
Precinct #2 (City Council Chambers) will be open to ALL VOTERS on election day from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Precinct #2 will operate as a general voting center for all registered voters. For the safety of voters and our elections officials, the following public health practices will be strictly enforced:
- Social distancing: No more than 4 voters will enter the facility at one time and shall remain at least 6 feet apart.
- Voters are encouraged to wear cloth face coverings.
- Safe issuance and exchange of voter materials shall be followed. Election officials will give each voter an "I Voted" pen to sign the register and vote their ballots. Pens shall not be shared.
- Election workers will follow CDC guidelines established for elections centers, which require that voting booths be sanitized after each use.
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) 835-4313 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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. CLOSED FOR MAY 2020 MUNICIPAL ELECTION
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) OPEN AS GENERAL VOTING CENTER FOR ALL VOTERS DURING MAY 2020 ELECTION
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) CLOSED FOR MAY 2020 MUNICIPAL ELECTION
For additional information regarding Valdez local municipal elections, please contact the City Clerk’s office (907) 835-4313 or email@example.com. For additional information regarding voter registration or state/federal elections, visit Alaska Elections. To register to vote online, visit Voter Registration Alaska.