Election Day is Nov. 3: Here's how to vote in Bristol Bay

Oct 21, 2020

In-person absentee voting is underway now through Nov. 2. Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 3 -- Election Day. Find out how to vote safely around Bristol Bay!

I voted and Cucuklillruunga stickers in the Dillingham City Hall. Oct. 6, 2020.
Credit Izzy Ross/KDLG

Election Day is November 3! There are three main ways to vote in Bristol Bay: absentee by-mail, absentee in-person, and in person on Election Day. 

 

Here are the upcoming deadlines, as well as details on how to vote in person and by-mail in communities around Bristol Bay. 

 

Absentee voting by mail

 

You will get an absentee ballot either by mail or electronically. Once you receive it, fill it out. Then sign it and provide personal identifying information -- your voter number, driver’s license number, birth date or part of your Social Security Number. 

 

Absentee voters don’t need a witness, as a result of a state supreme court ruling earlier in October. But you still need to sign the envelope and provide the personal identifier. Under state law, your vote won’t count if you don’t do that, and the state doesn’t have to notify voters that their ballot was rejected until late January. 

 

If you're mailing in your ballot, you can ensure that it is valid by asking the post office clerk to postmark it when you go to the post office to send it off.

Absentee voting in person

 

Absentee in-person voting is underway Oct. 19 through Monday, Nov. 2. This means that you can cast your ballot at your local polling place Monday through Friday, now through Nov. 2. Voting times and safety regulations vary by community, so check below to see if, when and how you can vote in-person before Nov. 3. 

 

Voting on Election Day

 

Polls are open Tuesday, Nov. 3, from 7 a.m – 8 p.m. Check below to see if your community has in-person voting, as well as the safety precautions in place.

 

If you are in quarantine and can’t go to the polls…

You can still request an online delivery ballot until 5:00 p.m. Nov. 2. You will need to have access to a computer and a printer, and you can return the ballot by mail or by fax. Here are the Division of Elections guidelines on how to vote your online delivery ballot -- scroll down to the bottom of the page for a full list of instructions.

 

If you are physically unable to go to the polls on or before Election Day, you can also vote by Personal Representative. You may send your representative to your local polling place to obtain your ballot; bring the ballot back for you to vote; and return the voted ballot to the polling place before the polls close at 8 p.m. Read about the required protocols here.

 

If a voter requires special assistance to vote on Election Day, that assistance may be provided by a person of the voter’s choice. Read more about special needs voting here.

 

Below you can read about where you can vote in Bristol Bay. If your community has an update on in-person voting, let us know by emailing isabelle@kdlg.org or calling 907-842-2200.

 

Dillingham Census Area

 

Dillingham - in-person absentee and Election Day voting 

Dillingham City Hall

 

Absentee voting: 

Walk-in absentee voting at City Hall from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Come in the back door, which will be unlocked. For other times, call 907-842-5212 to set up an appointment from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

Election Day polling hours: 7 a.m – 8 p.m.

 

Campaigning is not allowed within 200 feet of any entrance to a polling place during hours the polls are open. That includes discussions about candidates or issues appearing on the ballot and displaying items such as hats, shirts and signs. 

 

Bring your voter ID, state ID or Alaska drivers license.

 

Social distancing measures will be in place, so voters should come to City Hall alone if possible, allow for additional time to vote, and pay attention to the social distancing markers on the floor. Booths will get sanitized and pens will be provided to each person. Hand sanitizer will be available, and voters should wear a mask. 

 

Aleknagik - in-person absentee and Election Day voting 

Native Village of Aleknagik Building

Absentee voting hours: Monday - Friday during normal business hours.

Election Day polling hours: 7 a.m – 8 p.m.

 

Clark's Point – by-mail absentee voting

Residents of Clark’s Point can vote by-mail this election. The council has sent out absentee ballot applications to residents, and it is coordinating with the lieutenant governor to get information out about how to vote. There is no in-person voting because the Village Council Building is closed and no polling workers signed up. 

 

Ballot applications must be received by the Division of Elections by Oct. 24. People can also apply online. 

 

Once people receive their ballots, they must ensure they are postmarked by Nov. 3. 

 

 

Ekwok – in-person absentee and Election Day voting

Ekwok City Hall     

Absentee voting: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Election Day: 7 a.m – 8 p.m.

Koliganek – in-person absentee and Election Day voting

Koliganek Village Council Building     

Absentee voting: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Election Day: 7 a.m – 8 p.m.

 

Masks are required to enter the building, and social distancing is required. 

Manokotak – in-person absentee and Election Day voting

Absentee voting:

Manokotak Village Council Building

9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

 

Election Day:

Manokotak City Office

7 a.m – 8 p.m.

 

Masks are required to enter the building. 

 

New Stuyahok – in-person absentee and Election Day voting

New Stuyahok City Hall

Absentee voting: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Election Day: 7 a.m – 8 p.m.

 

Masks, gloves and hand sanitizer will be provided at the building entrance. 

Togiak – in-person absentee and Election Day voting

Togiak City Office     

Absentee voting: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Election Day: 7 a.m – 8 p.m.

 

Masks and social distancing are required. 

 

Twin Hills – in-person absentee voting

Twin Hills Village Council Building     

Absentee voting: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 

Bristol Bay Borough

 

Naknek – in-person absentee and Election Day voting

Absentee voting:

Bristol Bay Borough Assembly Room 

9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 

Election Day: 

Bristol Bay Borough Assembly Room      

7 a.m – 8 p.m.

 

Masks are required to enter the building. Masks, hand sanitizer, and sanitized pens will also be provided. 

 

King Salmon – Election Day voting

King Salmon Village Council Building

7 a.m – 8 p.m.

 

South Naknek – Election Day voting

South Naknek Recreation Hall

7 a.m – 8 p.m.

 

Lake and Peninsula Borough

 

Chignik Bay - in-person absentee and Election Day voting 

Absentee voting:

Chignik Bay City Office

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Election Day:

Chignik Community Hall

7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

 

People are required to wear a mask and maintain six feet of social distance when voting in person.

Chignik Lake - in-person absentee voting

Chignik Lake Sub Building

9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Egegik – Election Day voting

Egegik City Hall

7 a.m – 8 p.m.

Igiugig – in-person absentee voting

Igiugig Village Council Building   

Absentee voting: By appointment only 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Call to make an appointment at 907-533-3260.

 

Levelock – Election Day voting

Levelock Rainbow Hall 

7 a.m – 8 p.m.

 

Newhalen – in-person absentee voting

Newhalen City Office

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 

Kokhanok – Election Day voting

Kokhanok Community Hall

7 a.m – 8 p.m.

 

Nondalton – in-person absentee and Election Day voting

Absentee voting:

Nondalton Tribal Office  

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Election Day: 

Nondalton Community Hall   

7 a.m – 8 p.m.

 

Pedro Bay – Election Day voting

Pedro Bay Village Council Meeting Room  

7 a.m – 8 p.m.

Masks are required to enter the building. 

Perryville – in-person absentee voting

Native Village of Perryville Building     

Absentee voting: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

There can be up to five people in the building at a time, so call to make an appointment at 907-853-2203 or 907-853-4030.

Masks, gloves and hand sanitizer available. 

Pilot Point – in-person absentee voting

Pilot Point City Hall     

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Port Alsworth – in-person early/absentee voting

Corrine Olsen Resident   

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Port Heiden – Election Day voting

Port Heiden Community Building

7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Contact the author at isabelle@kdlg.org or 907-842-2200.