Voting

City of Homer

This Sunday, July 19 is the deadline to register to vote in the State of Alaska primary election. The primary elections are on August 18.

There are several contested races to determine candidates for election to US Congress and Alaska State Legislature, Senate and House districts on the Peninsula and across Kachemak Bay.

If you’re getting a PFD check, you may already be registered. The State allows eligible people to automatically register to vote when they apply for the Alaska Permanent Fund.

Borough mayor vetoes voting options ordinance

Jul 6, 2020
UCSD.edu

 

     Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce has vetoed an ordinance recently passed by the assembly, expanding the number of ways to cast a ballot in borough elections.

    In his memo to the assembly, Pierce questioned the security of voting by mail, one of the main features of the ordinance. He said such a significant change to the borough’s voting procedures shouldn’t be left to the assembly, but rather, put to a vote of the public. Pierce said that such changes would directly impact “the fundamental right to vote.”

UCSD.edu

After failing to block an ordinance in the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly that would provide for an expanded number of options for residents to casts votes, foes of voting-by-mail, led by Assemblymembers Norm Blakley of Sterling and Jesse Bjorkman of Nikiski, have filed a referendum petition application to have the measure repealed by voters in October.
    The Borough Mayor's Office and assembly members were notified by the clerk of the filing on Thursday.

KBBI

At Tuesday night's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting, there will be a public hearing on an ordinance to establish a vote-by-mail option for elections in the Borough. Communities all over the country are considering vote-by-mail due to the current public health crisis and because of concerns about free and fair elections. Assemblymember Willy Dunne of Fritz Creek introduced this ordinance because of a recommendation from a Borough stakeholder group that issued a report in January of 2019.

Willy Dunne

Willy Dunne, resident of Fritz Creek,
 in support of a Borough-wide, vote-by-mail option for elections on the Kenai Peninusla.
The views expressed in this commentary are Mr. Dunne’s alone and do not reflect those of KBBI’s staff board or volunteers.

To respond to this commentary or to submit a commentary on any topic of local interest, email kathleen@kbbi.org.

Transcript:

The Coffee Table- September 5, 2018

Sep 6, 2018

This week on the Coffee Table: voting 101. KBBI speaks with Alex Koplin from Kenai Peninsula Votes, a  nonpartisan voter outreach organization and Melissa Jacobson, Homer’s city clerk. We discuss everything you need to know about the upcoming elections, what inspires people to vote and how Homer’s voter turnout compares to other areas.

South Peninsula Voters Invited to Talk Politics

Oct 19, 2016

A 2016 Election Forum is scheduled to take place at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center on Thursday, October 20. The Purpose of the gathering is to encourage more people to vote. KBBI News Director, Daysha Eaton talks with retired teacher Alex Koplin, who is helping organize the event.

The 2016 Election Forum is scheduled to take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.