A sign by the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center shows where to vote on Aug. 21, 2018, for the Diamond Ridge, Homer, Alaska, precinct. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

A sign by the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center shows where to vote on Aug. 21, 2018, for the Diamond Ridge, Homer, Alaska, precinct. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Election 2020: A how-to guide

When, where and how to vote in the Oct. 6 municipal election

Starting Monday, residents of the Kenai Peninsula Borough will have the option to vote early in person ahead of this year’s municipal elections.

Early in-person voting will be available at the following locations throughout the peninsula. Locations will be open from Sept. 21 until Oct. 6 unless otherwise noted:

Kenai Peninsula Borough Clerk’s Office — 144 N. Binkley St., Soldotna. Open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and will have ballot styles for all KPB precincts.

Kenai Peninsula Borough Homer Annex Office — 638 E. Pioneer Ave., Homer. Open starting Sept. 24, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and will have ballot styles for the Anchor Point, Diamond Ridge, Fox River, Homer, Kachemak — City/Fritz Creek, Ninilchik, Seldovia/Kachemak Bay and Tyonek precincts.

Homer City Clerk’s Office — 491 E. Pioneer Ave., Homer. Open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. until Oct. 5 and will have ballot styles for the two Homer precincts.

Kenai City Clerk’s Office — 210 Fidalgo Ave., Kenai. Open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and will have ballot styles for the Central, K-Beach, Kenai, Nikiski, Salamatof and Tyonek precincts.

Seldovia City Clerk’s Office — 235 Dock St., Seldovia. Open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. until Oct. 5 and will have ballot styles for the Seldovia/Kachemak Bay precinct.

Seward City Clerk’s Office — 410 Adams St., Seward. Open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and will have ballot styles for the Bear Creek, Cooper Landing, Hope, Moose Pass and Seward/Lowell Point precincts.

Casting a vote by mail is also an option. Residents must mail their absentee ballot applications to the following address by Sept. 29 in order to receive their ballot in time to vote:

Office of the Borough Clerk

Kenai Peninsula Borough

144 N. Binkley St.

Soldotna, Alaska 99669-7520

Residents can go to my.kpb.us/vote to fill out an application for a mail-in ballot.

Some precincts in the borough have been designated as “absentee by-mail” because the precincts’ turnout was less than 200 voters at the last regular election.

The residents of these precincts are automatically mailed a ballot by the Borough Clerk’s Office about two weeks prior to Election Day. Residents still have the option to vote early in person, but no poll workers are appointed to those precincts.

The following precincts have been designated “absentee by-mail” this year: Cooper Landing, Hope, Moose Pass, Fox River, Seldovia/Kachemak Bay and Tyonek.

For more information about voting, call the Kenai Peninsula Borough Clerk at 833-796-VOTE (8683).

For a list of polling locations in the borough, visit www.kpb.us/vote.

To check your voter registration status, go to www.elections.alaska.gov.

Important dates:

Sept. 21 — Early in-person voting begins

Sept. 29 — Deadline to apply for absentee ballot by mail application

Oct. 5 — Deadline to apply for absentee ballot by fax application

Oct. 6 — Municipal Election Day

Reach reporter Brian Mazurek at bmazurek@peninsulaclarion.com

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