Deadline to register to vote in primary approaching

  • Thursday, July 14, 2016 11:55am
  • Opinion

The fish are in, and while that and other summer activities have much of our attention, Kenai Peninsula residents should take a few moments to check their voter registration, as the deadline to register for the Aug. 16 primary election is Sunday.

If you need to register and have a valid Alaska driver’s license, you can do so online. Find a link on the state Division of Elections website, Voters also can register at municipal clerks’ offices, at the Division of Motor Vehicles, and at many public libraries. Registration applications can be downloaded from the Division of Elections website, too. Completed forms can be mailed, emailed or faxed to the regional elections office.

Be sure to note your party affiliation as it will determine which ballot you can choose in Alaska’s closed primary. Any registered voter may vote on the Alaska Democratic Party, Alaska Libertarian Party and Alaskan Independence Party Candidate ballot; voters registered as Republican, Nonpartisan or Undeclared may vote on the Alaska Republican Party Candidate ballot.

That means, for example, that if you want to vote for one of the candidates seeking the Republican nomination for your Alaska House of Representatives District, make sure you’re registered as a Republican, Nonpartisan or Undeclared voter. Keep in mind, you won’t have the option of, for example, voting for a Democrat in the U.S. Senate race and a Republican in the state House race.

Most voters will have quite a few choices, no matter which ballot they select.

In the U.S. Senate race, Democrats Ray Metcalfe and Edgar Blatchford, and Libertarian Cean Stevens are on the Democratic/Libertarian/Independence ballot, as are U.S. House candidates Jim McDermott, Jon Watts, both Libertarians, and Democrats William Hibler, Lynette Hinz and Steve Lindbeck.

On the Republican ballot, U.S. Senate candidates include Paul Kendall, Thomas Lamb, Bob Lochner and Lisa Murkowski. U.S. House candidates are Gerald Heikes, Jesse Tingley, Stephen Wright and Don Young.

In the Alaska House race, voters in District 29, which includes Nikiski, Sterling, Funny River and the eastern Kenai Peninsula, will see Mike Chenault on the Republican ballot.

House District 30, which covers Kenai, Soldotna, and Kalifornsky Beach, has a packed state House ballot, with Democrat Shauna Thornton on the Democratic/Libertarian/Independence ballot, and Keith Baxter, Kelly Wolf, Gary Knopp and Rick Koch vying for the Republican nomination.

In House District 31, which stretches from Homer to Kasilof, the Republican ballot includes Paul Seaton, Beth Wythe and J.R. Cox. District 31 voters will also see state Senate District P candidate Gary Stevens on their ballot. There are no state House or Senate candidates on the Democratic/Libertarian/Independence ballot.

There are several candidates who won’t appear on the primary ballot but have nominating petitions pending for the general election ballot in November, including non-affiliated candidates Don Hopkins and Daniel Lynch, and Constitution Party candidate J.R. Meyers, all for House District 30.

There’s a lot to consider between now and the Aug. 16 primary, but take a moment now to make sure you’re registered to vote come election day.

More in Opinion

A resident casts their vote in the regular municipal election Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020 at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds in Ninilchik, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Voices of the Peninsula: All votes matter

In the beginning, only property-holding white men could vote.

Cristen San Roman. (Photo provided)
Point of View: Is management of Cook Inlet catered to special interest groups?

If these fish are so at risk, why is BOEM able to move forward with lease sale 258?

Homer Foundation
Point of View: Grateful for the hidden ‘good’

Gratitude: Noun The state of being grateful; thankfulness. The state or quality… Continue reading

Homer High School Principal Douglas Waclawski. (Photo provided)
Point of View: What is Homer High School about?

What I consider Homer High’s strength is that we are a place for learning.

UAA Chancellor Sean Parnell. (courtesy photo)
Alaska Voices: Invent your future at UAA

At UAA we’re providing the tools to help students of all ages and skills chart a new course forward.

A registered nurse prepares a COVID-19 vaccine at the pop-up clinic on the Spit on May 27. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
Alaska Voices: Vaccination is the still best protection from COVID-19

The Alaska State Medical Association encourages you to protect yourselves and your community from preventable illness by getting recommended vaccines.

(Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
The sad diminishment of Rep. Don Young

Young seems afraid to demand his party leader defend the dignity of the institution he loves.

A “Vote Here” sign is seen at the City of Kenai building on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Kenai, Alaska. (Clarion file)
Alaska Voices: Restore our strong campaign donation limits

Without campaign spending limits, the ideal of one person, one vote is no longer really true.

The Final Redistricting Map approved for the Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna area is seen on Nov. 9, 2021. (Map via
Alaska Voices: The Alaska Redistricting Board’s last-minute gerrymandering failed Alaska

Our Constitution outlines rules for a redistricting process designed to uphold public trust.

This photo shows the trans-Alaska pipeline and pump station north of Fairbanks. (AP Photo/Al Grillo)
Alaska Voices: The permanent fund has been taking care of Alaskans for 45 years

It’s the largest sovereign wealth fund in the nation, the pride of Alaska and this month we celebrate its 45th anniversary.

Dr. Tom Hennessy, MD, MPH (Courtesy)
Voices of the Peninsula: Don’t take medical advice from politicians, athletes or social media

Evidence leads to consensus among medical doctors: Vaccines are the best way to prevent infection.

The Entrance to the University of Alaska Southeast. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Opinion: The University of Alaska is the state’s most important resource

Together, let’s break the record for donor participation.