Elections

The Borough Clerk's Office is responsible for administering all Borough elections. The regular Borough election is held on the first Tuesday in October of each year to elect members to the Borough Mayor, Assembly and School Board.  Propositions, as approved by the Assembly or by initiative petition, may also be included on the ballot.

The 2019 Regular Borough election will be held on Tuesday October 1, 2019. 

October 1, 2019 Borough Election Timeline

Election Ballots


Sample ballots for the October 1, 2019, Borough election will be available September 11, 2019.

Candidate Information



Each year the Ketchikan Gateway Borough has elective seats open for the offices of members of the Mayor and Assembly, and School Board. In order for a candidate's name to appear on the ballot, qualified candidates must declare candidacy and submit the required paperwork to the Borough Clerk between August 1 and August 26th at noon.

The following seats will be on the October 1, 2019 ballot for election:

Mayor:   (1) 3-year term, currently held by David Landis
Assembly:  (2) 3-year terms:  currently held by Judith McQuerry and Rodney Dial
School Board:   (2) 3-year terms, currently held by Bridgett Mattson and Tom Heutte
School Board:   (1) 1-year term, currently held by Leslie Becker

The current candidate listing is available at the following link:

Candidate Listing for October 1, 2019 Borough Election

See the table below for information on filing for elective Borough offices and for the candidate handbook and filing forms.

    Voter Registration


    In order to be a qualified voter of the Borough you must be registered to vote in State elections at a residence address in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough not less than 30 days prior to the election. Residents may register to vote at the Borough Clerk's Office and may also register or update voter information online using the State of Alaska's new online voter registration system at https://voterregistration.alaska.gov/

    Voter registration is administered by the State Division of Elections

    Voting Precincts


    For the convenience of the voters, the Borough has seven precincts with a designated polling place in each precinct.  The table below provides detailed information on the polling places.

    Accessibility Assistance Information

    Assistance by a Person

    • You may have assistance during any stage of the electoral process.  You may have a person of your choice provide assistance to you as long as that person is not a candidate, your employer, agent of your employer, or agent of your union.
    • You may request assistance from an election worker at any voting location.
    • The person you choose can help you in completing forms, reading voting materials and go into the voting booth with you to assist you in casting your ballot.

    Registration

    Accessible Polling Places

    • The Ketchikan Gateway Borough makes every effort to ensure polling places are accessible to all of its voters.
    • This sometimes includes temporary solutions, such as portable ramps, door knob converters, ballot call doorbells for those the who need assistance gaining entry to the polling place, and temporary van-accessible parking spots.
    • Inside the polling place, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough provides magnifying viewers for the visually impaired.
    • To locate your polling place, call 907.228.6605, or look up your voting record to obtain your polling place location using the State of Alaska's Division of Elections My Voter Information online option.

    Outreach

    • The Ketchikan Gateway Borough provides registrar and polling worker training.  In addition to the Borough, the Division of Elections provides registrar training and/or voter outreach to a variety of community agencies, such as the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Access Alaska, Southeast Alaska Independent Living and Alaska State Independent Living Council.

    1. Polling Places
    2. Candidate Information
    3. Absentee Voting
    Precinct Location
    Ketchikan No. 1
    Gateway Recreation Center
    601 Schoenbar Rd.
    Ketchikan No. 2
    The Plaza
    2417 Tongass Avenue
    Ketchikan No. 3
    AMHS Ferry Terminal
    3501 Tongass Avenue
    North Tongass No. 1
    North Tongass Fire Station 6
    7550 North Tongass Hwy
    North Tongass No. 2
    North Tongass Fire Station 8
    13110 North Tongass Hwy
    Saxman
    Saxman Community Center
    2841 South Tongass Hwy
    South Tongass
    Fawn Mountain Elementary School
    400 Old Homestead Road