Tuesday is general election day and voters in Alaska have several decisions to make.
First on the ballot is United States President and Vice President. Six candidates and their running mates are seeking election.
Voters in Alaska will also be asked to choose a candidate for U.S. Senate, from a list of six contenders. They include Republican incumbent Lisa Murkowski , Democrat Ray Metcalfe, Libertarian Joe Miller, and non-affiliated candidates Margaret Stock, Breck Craig and Ted Gianoutsos.
Also on the ballot are four candidates for U.S. Representative. Republican incumbent Don Young is running to retain his seat. He’s challenged by Democrat Steve Lindbeck and Libertarian Jim McDermott. Also on the ballot is non-affiliated candidate Bernie Souphanavong.
Democrat Sam Kito III is the only candidate on the ballot for State Representative District 33, that includes Haines, Skagway and Klukwan. Haines Libertarian Bill McCord is running a write-in campaign for the seat, but elections officials say his votes won’t be counted because he doesn’t meet the residency requirement.
Voters will also be asked to weigh in on two ballot measures. The first question is whether qualified Alaskans should be automatically registered to vote when applying for the permanent fund dividend, unless they choose to opt out.
The second ballot measure asks whether a constitutional amendment should be adopted to allow Alaska to issue general obligation bonds backed by the state for student loans.
There are also several judicial questions on the ballot. Voters will have a say on whether to retain seven judges and justices from the state Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Superior Court, and District Court.
Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. In Haines, voters in Precinct #1 will cast ballots at the Chilkat Center. The Precinct #2 polling station is the Klehini Valley Fire Department on Mosquito Lake Rd. In Skagway, voting takes place at city hall. In Klukwan, polling takes place at the ANS Hall.
You can view a sample ballot here.