The Valdez Star - Serving Prince William Sound and Copper River Basin

By Lee Revis
Editor, Valdez Star 

Voting absentee and other important information for the May 1 elections

The city clerk's office at city hall can help those with questions about casting ballots


April 18, 2018

The municipal elections are coming in less than two weeks, and elections officials in Valdez are in high gear, spreading the word what voters can expect on election day and ways they can vote if they cannot make it to the polls on May 1.

This year, Valdez will elect a new mayor, fill three city council terms and two seats on the board of education. However, not everyone who wants to vote will be able to make it to the polls on election day, so absentee voting in person at city hall began Monday according to the city clerk's office, which runs all elections in Valdez.

The last date a voter can cast an absentee ballot in person is at 5 p.m., Monday, April 30.

If a voter cannot make it to city hall during regular business hours, there are other avenues to take to cast a ballot.

"Voting by email or fax is conducted by the City Clerk's office during regular business hours beginning Monday, April 16, 2018 through the close of polls on elections day," the clerk's office said on the city's website and in the public notice published on this page of the Valdez Star.

Council members Jim Shirrell and Darren Reese are running against newcomer Jeremy O'Neil for a three-year term as mayor.

Incumbent Chris Moulton will face off against newcomer Sherikay Griffith for a two-year term on city council.

The pool of candidates seeking a three-year term for two open seats on city council is much larger. Incumbent Dennis Fleming is running for re-election as are five new hopefuls: Sue Ellen Montes, Bob Engebretson, Ron Ruff, James Devins and Derek Morris.

There is a narrower field in the run for board of education.

Incumbents Kathy Todd and Dolores Gard are running with Joe Lally for two open terms that are for three years each.

There are no propositions before voters in this election.

Valdez has three precincts where voters can cast a ballot on election day. Precinct 1 is at the Teen Center on Hanagita. Precinct 2 is at the city council chambers on Chenega Ave. Precinct 3 is located at the fire station in the Robe River Subdivision.

Polls at all three precincts open at 7 a.m. on election day, and close promptly at 8 p.m.


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