September 27, 2012 | Vol. 39, No. 39

Borough election date is set

Election for a Petersburg Borough has been officially set for Dec. 18.

This election will be conducted by mail and is under the administration and supervision of the Director of Elections.

According to Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai, ballots will be mailed to all qualified voters and anyone who is registered to vote within the proposed boundaries of the new borough at least since Aug. 22, 2012.

“Ballots will be sent Nov. 26,” Fenumiai said. “They must be received by the Division of Elections postmarked by Dec. 18.”

Along with the vote for borough incorporation the offices of mayor, Borough Assembly member, Planning Commission member, School Board member and Hospital Board member will be voted upon. All officials are elected at large. A candidate for mayor, borough assembly, planning commission and hospital board shall be a qualified voter of the proposed Petersburg Borough and a resident of the area within the proposed borough for at least one year preceding the election.

“Individuals seeking these positions must file a nominating petition,” Fenumiai stated.

She also explained that the petition must include the name and address of the nominee, and a statement by the nominee that they are qualified under the provisions of the Alaska Statutes, and the Petersburg Borough Charter for the office sought. This petition must also include the signature and resident addresses of 50 voters in the area of the proposed borough.

Nominating petitions will be available to candidates beginning Oct. 2 and may be filed with the Division of Elections no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24. They may be faxed, mailed or delivered in person to the Division of Elections, (907) 465-3203 and P.O Box 110017, Juneau, AK 99811-0017 and 240 Main Street, Suite 400. The original petition signatures that are mailed or faxed must be postmarked by Oct. 24 and received no later than Oct. 31.

A notice of the election will be mailed to each qualified registered voter Friday, Sept. 28.

“We will begin counting 10 days after Election Day,” Fenumiai said. “We will then post unofficial results until they are certified.”

According to Fenumiai, if the vote comes back yes for the borough, at that time, the City of Petersburg will be dissolved. The City of Kupreanof will remain as it is within the Petersburg Borough. If the vote returns no, nothing will change and the City of Petersburg will remain.

The new borough would include Petersburg’s home island of Mitkof as well as Woewodski Island and a large portion of Kupreanof Island. The boundaries also encompass the mainland territory from LeConte Bay to Holkham Bay.

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