Monday marked the start for early and absentee in-person voting across the state for the Nov. 8 general election.
A handful of voters stood in a line at Juneau’s Region I Elections Office Monday morning to cast their ballots to decide who will fill the offices for Alaska’s governor and lieutenant governor, U.S. senator and representative and Alaska State senators and representatives. Voters are also asked on this year’s ballot whether the state should hold a constitutional convention, which is required to be asked every decade.
Election officials at the Juneau’s Region I Elections Office declined to answer questions or be identified.
The candidates in the running for the U.S. Senate seat are the incumbent Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, and challengers Republicans Kelly Tshibaka and Democrat Pat Chesbro.
Newly sworn U.S. Rep. Mary Peltola, a Democrat, is in the running for reelection to the U.S. House of Representatives after winning to fill the last month’s of late U.S. Rep. Don Young’s term. Pelotla is running against former Gov. Sarah Palin, Nick Begich III — both republicans — and Libertarian Chris Bye.
Gubernatorial candidates include incumbent Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy, Republican Charlie Pierce, Democrat Les Gara and independent Bill Walker.
Local races include uncontested reelection bids for state Sen. Jesse Kiehl and state Rep. Andi Story, both Democrats, and a race between incumbent Democratic state Rep. Sara Hannan and independent candidate Darrell Harmon.
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General Election Day: Tuesday, Nov.8
Early voting dates and locations: State Office Building, 333 Willoughby Ave., eighth floor. Open weekdays Oct. 24-Nov.7, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Election Day, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Region I Elections Office, 9109 Mendenhall Mall Road, Suite 3. Open weekdays Oct. 24-Nov. 7, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 29 and Nov. 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 30 and Nov. 6, noon-4 p.m. Tuesday, Election Day, 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
Deadline to request an Absentee By-Mail ballot: Saturday, Oct. 29, request online at https://absenteeballotapplication.alaska.gov/