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The Clerk's office is responsible for supervising and running the local municipal election, as well as assisting the State in statewide elections. The Clerk’s office endeavors to conduct the elections with the highest integrity possible.

If you would like to serve as an election official on a precinct board, contact the Clerk's office at 228-5658 or e-mail us at clerk@city.ketchikan.ak.us.

Polling Places:

  • Precinct 1 – Schoenbar Middle School, 217 Schoenbar Road
  • Precinct 2 – Plaza Port West, Lower Level, 2417 Tongass Avenue
  • Precinct 3 – Alaska Marine Highway System Ferry Terminal, 3501 Tongass Avenue

Qualifications to run for Council: A person who wishes to run for a vacant seat on the City Council must be 18 years of age, a qualified voter, and have resided within City limits for one year. A person who wishes to run for mayor must be at least thirty years of age. A petition, which must be signed by at least 10 registered City voters, must be filled out and submitted to the Clerk's office 4 weeks prior to the election. A declaration of candidacy as well as a financial disclosure statement must be filled out before a person's name will be allowed on the ballot.

Personal Representative: A person may assist another in the voting process by becoming a personal representative. Although it can be time consuming, many people would never be able to vote without the assistance of those willing to help. The personal representative presents identification and obtains the ballot at the Clerk's office, then takes it to the voter. The voter fills out the form, which names the helper as their personal representative, votes the ballot, inserts the ballot into the secrecy sleeve and envelope, and the personal representative returns all of it to the Clerk's office by 5 p.m. on the date of the election.

Absentee Voting: If you are going to be out of town on election day, you may absentee vote. Absentee voting takes place in the Clerk's office two weeks prior to the election date. Someone may also request an absentee ballot in writing by providing a voter identification number as well as their residence address.

Please remember to bring identification in order to vote!!

 

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