The Municipality of Anchorage is gearing up for a special election to replace Anchorage Assemblyman Tim Steele, who recently stepped down because of health concerns. Registered voters who live in assembly district three which includes Spenard, Turnagain, Sand Lake and even parts of Midtown are eligible to vote.

This will be the city's second vote by mail election and Municipal Clerk Barbara Jones said it will be a lot like the first one held in April, only on a smaller scale. The ballots will go out in the mail July 17 and must be returned or postmarked by August 7.

Jones said voters will still be able to use drop boxes at Dimond High School and the Spenard rec center or vote in person at the Election Center at Ship Creek. Voters who will be out of town during the voting period can go to the municipal election website www.muni.org/elections and download an application for a temporary address change. Jones said this time around, they didn't expect to get nearly as many ballots back marked "undeliverable".

"We anticipate that we will have fewer voters having problems getting their ballot because most voters that had an undeliverable ballot updated their address at the accessible vote centers," said Jones. "So we think that's going to go smoother."

Jones said people who weren't registered to vote in the general election still have time to register for this special election as long as they do it by July 8.

"You can do an online registration, you can register at a library, you can come into the clerk's office. There's lots of opportunities to register to vote," she said.

People who chose the online option to register need to go to the State Division of Elections website. Jones said people with questions about the upcoming election can go to the municipal website www.muni.org/elections or call the voter hotline at 243-VOTE (8683).

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