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PUBLIC NOTICE
Notice of Regular Municipal Election on October 2, 2018

CITY OF SEWARD, ALASKA

NOTICE OF REGULAR MUNICIPAL ELECTION

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2018

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, there will be conducted in the City of Seward, Alaska, a Regular Municipal Election in accordance with Seward City Code, Title 4.

 

CITY OFFICIALS

 

The following candidates have filed for elective office within the City of Seward and will appear on the Regular Municipal Election ballot:

 

SEWARD CITY COUNCIL

TWO-YEAR TERM

(Vote for no more than one)

 

LANE, Kelley W.

KURTZ, Wolf

LOERTSCHER, Thomas A. “Andy”

McDONALD, Tim

SEWARD CITY COUNCIL

THREE-YEAR TERM

(Vote for no more than two)

 

SEESE, Sharyl

BACLAAN, Anthony K. “Tony”

OSENGA, John W.

Note: The order of the candidate names were drawn in a random draw per SCC 4.04.025.

REGISTRATION OF VOTERS

 

As provided by AS 15.07.070, a person is qualified to vote who is or will be at the time of the election:

  • a citizen of the United States;
  • at least 18 years of age or will be 18 years of age within ninety (90) days of registering to vote;
  • a resident of the city for at least thirty (30) days immediately preceding the election;
  • registered to vote in state elections at a residence address within the city at least thirty (30) days before the municipal election at which the person seeks to vote; and
  • is not disqualified from voting under Article V of the State Constitution.

 

The deadline for residents to register to vote or update their voter registration is Sunday, September 2, 2018.  Please see the state’s website for more information at http://www.elections.alaska.gov or stop by the City Clerk’s Office (note – the Clerk’s Office is not open on Saturdays or Sundays, so to register in time for with the City Clerk, you must come to the office by Friday, August 31, 2018). 

ABSENTEE VOTING

 

Absentee voting is provided for any qualified voter who expects to be absent from the city election precinct for the entire time the polls are open on Election Day, or who will be unable to vote by reason of infirmity, illness or physical handicap:

 

  • A voter may request an absentee ballot by mail from the city clerk until Monday, September 24, 2018.
  • A voter may vote an absentee ballot in person at the office of the city clerk starting Monday, September 17, 2018 and continuing through Monday, October 1, 2018.

SPECIAL NEEDS VOTING

 

If you are a qualified voter and cannot make it to the polls, you may vote a Special Needs ballot by designating a personal representative to bring the ballot to you. Your personal representative must appear at the city clerk’s office between September 17, 2018 through October 1, 2018, or at the polling location on Election Day on October 2, 2018. If you or someone you know needs assistance, or needs a personal representative, please contact the city clerk at 907-224-4046.

 

CITY POLLING PLACE

 


Election Day is Tuesday, October 2, 2018. The polls will be open on from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. The polling place is located at the KM Rae Building located at 125 Third Avenue in Seward, Alaska.

 

 

Additional information regarding all aspects of the 2018 Municipal Election may be obtained by contacting the City Clerk’s Office at P.O. Box 167, Seward, AK  99664 or or 907-224-4045 or 907-224-4046. Please call if you have any questions!

Brenda J. Ballou, MMC

City Clerk

 


October 2, 2018 Municipal Election
Mayor & Council Members are transitioning to 3-year terms, beginning in 2018.

BACKGROUND: On July 24, 2017, the City Council approved Resolution 2017-041 providing for the submission to the qualified voters of Seward the question (Proposition 1) of electing council members and the mayor to three year terms, with two council seats to be filled each year. Proposition 1 was approved by the voters at the October 3, 2017 election.

NEW CITY CODE: Following the passage of Proposition 1, the City Code was updated to reflect the new terms. 2.10.015. - Election of mayor and council. The mayor shall be elected by direct vote of the qualified electors every third year at the general municipal election held on the first Tuesday of October beginning in 2019, for a term of three years, holding office until that term has expired and a successor is elected and qualified. At the general election there shall also be elected annually two members of the city council, each to serve for a term of three years.

TRANSITION PLAN: In 2018, there will be three council member seats up for election - two seats will be for three year terms, and one seat will be for a two year term. In 2019, there will be three council members seats and the mayor up for election - two council seats will be for three year terms, one council seat will be for a one year term, and the mayor will be for a three year term. In 2020, there will be two council seats up for election - both for three year terms. Thereafter, each term will continue to be for three years.

CANDIDATE FILING FOR 2018: Candidate Packets will be ready for pick up beginning Monday, July 23, 2018. The Candidate Filing Period will be from August 1 - 15, 2018, and candidates will file according to the length of term they wish to fill (either two years or three years).

ELECTION DAY will be Tuesday, October 2, 2018 from 7 am - 8 pm.

Please contact the City Clerk's office with any questions at (907) 224-4046.


City of Seward • P.O. Box 167, 410 Adams Street City Hall Building • Seward, Alaska 99664 • (907) 224-3331
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