The Primary Election is next Tuesday, and absentee voting is under way.  It’s too late to request a mail-in ballot, but there are other options.

In Ketchikan, absentee voting in person is available at the City of Ketchikan and Ketchikan Gateway Borough clerks’ offices, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Monday, August 20th. Voters must present a valid ID.

Two other options are voting by FAX and electronic, on-line delivery. A completed application must be received by the Division of Elections no later than 5 p.m. the day before the election to vote either of those options.

Those traveling on Election Day can pick up a ballot at any Alaska airport. Airport polls are open during regular election hours – 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Primary Election is August 21st. Voters will determine which candidates for United States representative, governor, lieutenant governor and district representatives will move on to the November general election.  The Republican Primary is a closed ballot. Borough Clerk Kacie Paxton says party affiliation determines which ballot you can choose.

“So in order to vote for the Republican ballot, you have to be registered either non-partisan, undeclared, or Republican. All other candidates and parties will be on the other ballot, so it will contain the Democratic Party, Libertarian Party and Independence Party.”

Below are links to the Division of Elections website and absentee voting options.


Division of Elections home page:

2018 Primary Election candidate list:

Absentee voting information: