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Vote Early

The City offers several different methods to vote. You may vote one of the following ways:

Will you be away from the City on Election Day? Vote early. Early Voting for the 2016 Election begins on September 19 and continues through October 3 at 5 pm. The early voting locations are:

  • Division of Elections, North Fork Professional Building B
    1700 E. Bogard Avenue, Wasilla, Alaska 
    September 19 - October 1
         Monday - Friday: 9 am to 7 pm
         Saturdays: 10 am to 3 pm
    October 3
         Monday: 9 am to 5 pm
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough Clerk's Office
    350 E. Dahlia, Palmer, Alaska
    September 19 - October 3
         Monday - Friday: 8 am to 5 pm

Absentee By Mail or by Electronic Means

To vote from the convenience of your home, you may apply for a ballot to be mailed or sent via electronic means to you by filing an Absentee Ballot Application after the first of the year in which the election is to be held.

The request for an absentee ballot must be received by the Clerk’s Office not later than Tuesday, September 27, 2016.

Please complete your Absentee Ballot Application request carefully and return it to the Palmer City Clerk’s Office promptly to allow time for processing. An incomplete request or a mail delay could prevent you from receiving your ballot on time. If after you have submitted your request, your address changes, contact the Palmer City Clerk immediately. Ballots will NOT be forwarded if they are returned as undeliverable.

Please click on the link to download the application.

2016 Absentee By-Mail Application

 

Special Needs Voting

Special Needs Voting.

Special needs voting by the personal representative is available to any voter who cannot vote in person due to age, illness, or disability. Please contact the Clerk's Office at 761-1301 for further information.

Poll Voting on Election Day

Election Day is Tuesday, October 3, 2017!

Poll Voting on Election Day.

As a City resident, you may vote at your designated polling place on Election Day. The polls are open from 7 am to 8 pm. Here are some things you can expect during the election process:

  • Have your identification ready to show to the election official. Did you forget your id? You can still vote today, see the questioned ballot voter official for further instructions.
  • You will be asked to sign the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and the City of Palmer precinct registers. If your name is not on the precinct registers or your qualifications to vote have been questioned, you can vote a questioned ballot. See the questioned ballot voter official for further instructions.
  • If your name is on the precinct registers, you will be given a Borough ballot and a City ballot. Go to the voting booth to vote your ballots. Follow the instructions on the ballots to complete the ballots.
  • If you make a mistake – do not try to fix it. Ask for a new ballot. Please remember that you may only have three Borough ballots and three City ballots.
  • After you have marked your ballot, go to the Borough black ballot box and insert the Borough ballot in the optical scan unit and go to the City black ballot box and insert the City ballot in optical scan unit.

Questioned Voting Process

Questioned Voting Process. If your name does not appear on the precinct register, you do not have identification, or your qualifications to vote have been questioned, you may vote a questioned ballot. When voting a questioned ballot, please be aware of the following:

  • You will be asked to complete and sign both the Borough and City questioned voter registers and ballot envelopes. Remember to sign the ballot envelopes because if you don’t, your vote will not count.
  • You will be given both a Borough ballot and a City ballot and a secrecy sleeve for each ballot.
  • Go to the voting booth to vote your ballots. Follow the instructions on the ballot to complete the ballots.
  • If you make a mistake – do not try to fix it. Ask for a new ballot. Please remember that you may only have three Borough ballots and three City ballots.
  • Once you have voted, fold your Borough ballot along the score and put it in the Borough secrecy sleeve. Fold your City ballot along the score and put it in the City secrecy sleeve. Return the sleeves to the questioned election official.
  • Your Borough questioned ballot is then placed in a sealed ballot envelope and then in the ballot box. The ballot is received unopened by the Borough Clerk’s Office and the Canvass Board. The Board will verify the information on the ballot envelope against the official voter registration record and determine whether to fully count, partially count, or reject your questioned ballot. Within 30 days following certification of the election, a written notice informing you if your ballot was rejected or partially rejected will be mailed to you. Please note, if you do not receive notification – your ballot was counted. 
  • Your City questioned ballot is then placed in a sealed ballot envelope and then in the ballot box. The ballot is received unopened by the City Clerk’s Office and the Canvass Board. The Canvass Board will meet on Friday, October 6, beginning at 2 pm, in the council chambers located at 231 W. Evergreen Avenue. The Canvass Board's purpose is to verify the information on the ballot envelope against the official voter registration record to determine whether to fully count, partially count, or reject your questioned ballot. Within 30 days following certification of the election, a written notice informing you if your ballot was rejected or partially rejected will be mailed to you. Please note, if you do not receive notification – your ballot was counted.