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City Clerk - Elections/Voting

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The Clerk's office is responsible for supervising and running the local municipal election, as well as assisting the State in statewide elections. The Clerk’s office endeavors to conduct the elections with the highest integrity possible.

If you would like to serve as an election official on a precinct board, contact the Clerk's office at 907-228-5658 or e-mail us at clerk@ktn-ak.us.

Regular Local Municipal Election will be held October 2, 2018

There are two vacant seats for Council (three-year terms, currently held by Janalee Gage and Bob Sivertsen) and one seat for mayor (three-year term, currently held by Lew Williams III). In order to become a candidate on the ballot, a person must gather the signatures of ten registered City voters, file a declaration of candidacy and fill out a Public Official Financial Disclosure Statement. Petitions and forms are available at the City Clerk's Office, 334 Front Street, Ketchikan, Alaska 99901. The first day to file is August 1, 2018 and filing closes at noon on August 27, 2018.

Polling Places:

  • Ketchikan No. 1 – Gateway Recreation Center, 601 Schoenbar Road
  • Ketchikan No. 2 – Plaza Port West, Lower Level, 2417 Tongass Avenue
  • Ketchikan No. 3 – Alaska Marine Highway System Ferry Terminal, 3501 Tongass Avenue

Qualifications to run for Council:

A person who wishes to run for a vacant seat on the City Council must be 18 years of age, a qualified voter, and have resided within City limits for one year. A person who wishes to run for mayor must be at least 30 years of age. A petition, which must be signed by at least 10 registered City voters, must be filled out and submitted to the Clerk's office in accordance with the filing period for the election (typically August 1 - 25). A declaration of candidacy as well as a financial disclosure statement must be filled out before a person's name will be allowed on the ballot.

Personal Representative:

A person may assist another in the voting process by becoming a personal representative. Although it can be time consuming, many people would never be able to vote without the assistance of those willing to help. The personal representative presents identification and obtains the ballot at the Clerk's office, then takes it to the voter. The voter fills out the form, which names the helper as their personal representative, votes the ballot, inserts the ballot into the secrecy sleeve and envelope, and the personal representative returns all of it to the Clerk's office by 5 p.m. on the date of the election.

Absentee Voting:

If you are going to be out of town on election day, you may absentee vote. Absentee voting takes place in the Clerk's office two weeks prior to the election date. Someone may vote by mail by requesting an absentee ballot (see link to form above). In addition, voters may vote absentee by electronic means. Please contact the Clerk's office for more information at 907-228-5658.

Please remember to bring identification in order to vote!!

History of Elected Officials from 1900-present:

The City of Ketchikan has a varied history of those elected to the Council and Mayor seats on the City Council. Reading through the names is almost like driving through the City and visiting many of your favorite places or recognizing names of streets where your friends live. Click here to enjoy!