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Heads up: The Anchorage election ends Tuesday. Here’s a guide to get you started.

  • Author: Devin Kelly
  • Updated: March 29, 2019
  • Published March 28, 2019

Vote-by-mail ballot return envelopes are counted by election worker Claudette Hixon at the Municipality of Anchorage Election Center on Thursday, March 28, 2019. (Bill Roth / ADN)

If your Anchorage ballot is still sitting unopened on your kitchen table, heads up: Election day is approaching fast.

The last day to vote is Tuesday, April 2. Ballots were mailed out March 12.

Many were still outstanding as of Thursday — about 26,000 voters had returned ballots, or roughly 12 percent of registered voters, according to a database compiled by the city clerk’s office. So there are quite a few procrastinators out there.

Here’s a quick overview to get you started on your ballot:

This year, the Anchorage Daily News conducted extensive surveys with Anchorage Assembly and School Board candidates. Read the Assembly responses here and the School Board responses here.

Find descriptions of city and school bond projects at the city clerk’s website.

Proposition 9 asks voters to approve a new 5 percent alcohol tax, which has attracted by far the most advertising dollars of this election cycle.

Prop. 10 would give code enforcement officers the authority to ticket and tow junk or abandoned cars.

Municipality of Anchorage Election Center on Thursday, March 28, 2019. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Election workers, from left, Claudette Hixon, Athena Logan and Wanda Maxey counted ballots, then sorted them by precinct at the Municipality of Anchorage election center on Thursday, March 28, 2019. The regular municipal election is on Tuesday, April 2. (Bill Roth / ADN)

If you’re hung up on the complex final ballot question, Prop. 11, which relates to lease-to-own real estate deals, here’s an explainer on what it’s about.

General tips: Mail ballots must be postmarked no later than election day. Ask the postal official to hand-cancel the envelope with a postmark.

You can also drop off the ballot in a secure drop box or at an accessible vote center. The centers will be open until 8 p.m. on election day, or until 6 p.m. at the Muldoon location. Find voting locations here.

For general voting information, visit

Correction: An earlier version of this story linked to information about the 2017 bond propositions, not the 2019 bond propositions.