Voter Registration & Absentee Voting Options for Oct. 1 Municipal Election – City and Borough of Juneau

Municipal elections usually have the lowest voter turnout of any elections. This gives the people who do vote disproportionate power.

If you are eligible to vote in Juneau, I hope I’ll see you at the polls on 10/1/2019.

Stop Reading And Start Voting!

Today is Election Day in the United States. If you live here and are a registered voter, I expect you to vote today. In fact, if the polls are open, I expect you to drop what you’re doing, stop reading this entry and go out and vote! I especially want you to vote if you’re planning to join me in voting for Barack Obama — whether for my 18 reasons or one of your own. But if you’re a McCain supporter, I’d like you to go to the polls too. Why? Because Election Day is a day for America and we all win when our society is engaged.

Don’t know where to vote? Check out the National Association of Secretaries of State and let them find your polling place for you.

Don’t feel like voting because you’re either a) An Obama supporter in a hopelessly red state or b) A McCain supporter in a hopelessly blue state? Get out and vote anyway. Most states have at least one member of Congress up for reelection, various state offices and initiatives and referendums. Maybe your vote for President will be overwhelmed, but other candidates and causes can use your vote. Until I see the final vote tally, I’m not ready to concede Alaska. But even if I were, I’d still go out and vote because I want to see Mark Begich replace Ted Stevens and Ethan Berkowitz replace Don Young. It’s our best chance in years and I’m not letting it slip away because of my mood. It’s likely the same in your state.

I have taken the day off for Election Day to join Get Out the Vote efforts for Barack Obama and to offer rides to polling places for members of any party who needs one. I’ll try and check in throughout the day in case people have comments on this entry. If you’re not voting, I’d like to know why. If you are voting, let me know that and give your impression of how busy your polling place was.

Regardless of who wins today, I’m likely to not be blogging for several days. No matter how today turns out, there will be much to consider and much work ahead of us.

Register to Vote if not already!

By now, especially if you’re reading MY blog, you should be a registered voter so you can have your say on November 4th about whether this country continues to be governed on fear and division or whether we move into hope and inclusion. It’s up to you, but you have to be registered to vote first!

Many states, but not all require people to be registered at least 30 days before an election. So in Alaska and many other states, this means Sunday, October 5th. Take no chances. Register today. And I mean that no matter who you are supporting for President.

Two sites where you can learn your registration deadlines and register to vote are:

Declare Yourself

“Declare Yourself is a national nonpartisan, nonprofit campaign to empower and encourage every eligible 18-year-old in America to register and vote in the presidential primaries and 2008 presidential election. Using the power of strategic media partnerships, celebrity spokespeople, the sports arena, and most importantly, mobile and Internet technology, Declare Yourself’s campaign blankets the landscape of popular culture, as well as universities and high schools, with a simple, clear message: REGISTER and VOTE!”

Although aimed at 18 year olds, they’ll take anybody.

If you like your registration Democrat flavored, there is:

Vote for Change, which is run by the Obama campaign. I like this site because in addition to registering, you can also verify whether you’re currently registered. This comes in handy if you haven’t voted for awhile. This site will also register anybody, not just Democrats.

However way you do it. Register. Then vote!