Campaign signs stand outside of Main Street Tap &Grill on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Campaign signs stand outside of Main Street Tap &Grill on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Election 2022: Where, how, when to vote

Polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday

It’s election day, Kenai Peninsula Borough residents!

Polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16, when Alaskans will vote in both the state’s special general and regular primary elections. Per the Alaska Division of Elections, unofficial election results will be posted on the division website after 9 p.m. on election day. Sept. 2 is the target date for the State Review Board to certify the election.

Voters will be given a two-sided ballot when they arrive at their polling place Tuesday.

On one side of the ballot, Alaskans will vote in the state’s regular primary election. For each race, voters will vote for one candidate. This year’s primary races include those for U.S. senator, U.S. representative and governor and lieutenant governor, as well as for seats in the Alaska Legislature.

Candidates running for the U.S. House on the regular primary side of the ballot are running for the next two-year term of Alaska’s at-large seat in the U.S. House. That term is different from the one that ends in 2023 and that Don Young was to finish out.

On one side of the Aug. 16 ballot, voters will rank candidates vying to fill the remainder of the late Don Young’s term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Candidates will rank candidates Nick Begich III, Sarah Palin and Mary Peltola on that side of the ballot using Alaska’s new ranked choice voting system.

The ranked choice ballot shows a grid of bubbles, with one row for each candidate and one column for preference order. Voters fill in the bubble in the “1st Choice” column that corresponds to their first-choice candidate. Voters then move to the second column and fill in the bubble that corresponds to their second-choice candidate, and so on. Voters can rank up to four candidates, or just rank one, two or three candidates.

If a candidate receives more than 50% of the first-choice votes, that candidate would be declared the winner of the election.

If no candidate receives more than 50% of the first-choice votes, the candidate who received the least number of first-choice votes is eliminated. Then, the voters who ranked the eliminated candidate as their first choice would have their second-choice candidate votes distributed to the remaining candidates. The process will continue until one candidate emerges with more than 50% of the votes.

All Alaska voters were mailed new voter registration cards for the Aug. 16 election. Alaska’s legislative district boundaries were redrawn using updated population data collected during the 2020 U.S. Census.

Former State Senate District O is now State Senate District D. District D includes the Kenai/Soldotna area and covers the northern half of the Kenai Peninsula with borders extended to above Tustumena Lake. That district is currently represented by Peter Micciche, who has said he will not run for reelection. Jesse Bjorkman and Tuckerman Babcock are both running for the seat.

Former State House District 30 is now State House District 7 and includes most of Kenai, Soldotna and Kalifornsky. That seat is currently held by Ron Gillham, who is running for reelection against Soldotna City Council member Justin Ruffridge.

Former State House District 29 is now State House District 8 and includes the Kenai Peninsula north of Tustumena Lake and east of Kasilof. It includes Bear Creek, but not Seward, which is in State House District 5 and State Senate District C. That district is currently represented by Ben Carpenter, who is running unopposed for reelection.

More information about the Aug. 16 election can be found on the Division of Alaska’s website at elections.alaska.gov.

Reach reporter Ashlyn O’Hara at ashlyn.ohara@peninsulaclarion.com.

Precinct number

Precinct name Polling place name Polling place address City
07-005 Central Soldotna Sports Center 538 Arena Ave Soldotna
07-010 K Beach Soldotna Sports Center 538 Arena Ave Soldotna
07-015 Kenai No. 1 Kenai Mall 11312 Kenai Spur Hwy Kenai
07-020 Kenai No. 2 Challenger Learning Center 9711 Kenai Spur Hwy Kenai
07-025 Kenai No. 3 Kenai Mall 11312 Kenai Spur Hwy Kenai
07-030 Soldotna Soldotna Public Library 235 N Binkley St Soldotna
08-035 Bear Creek Bear Creek Fire Hall 13105 Seward Hwy Seward
08-040 Cooper Landing Cooper Landing Community Hall Bean Creek Rd Cooper Landing
08-045 Funny River No. 1 Funny River Community Center 35850 Pioneer Access Soldotna
08-050 Funny River No. 2 Soldotna Prep School 426 W Redoubt Ave Soldotna
08-055 Hope Hope Retreat Center A Ave Hope
08-060 Mackey Lake Soldotna Prep School 426 W Redoubt Ave Soldotna
08-065 Moose Pass Moose Pass Community Hall Mi 29.5 Seward Hwy Moose Pass
08-070 Nikiski Nikiski Community Rec Center 50097 Kenai Spur Hwy Nikiski
08-075 Salamatof Nikiski Community Rec Center 50097 Kenai Spur Hwy Nikiski
08-080 Sterling No. 1 Sterling Community Center 38377 Swanson River Rd Sterling
08-085 Sterling No. 2 Sterling Community Center 38377 Swanson River Rd Sterling

Campaign signs decorate the outside of Paradisos Restaurant on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Campaign signs decorate the outside of Paradisos Restaurant on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

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