Chapter 5.32


5.32.010    Canvass board.

5.32.020    Canvass of returns.

5.32.030    Procedures for handling questioned and absentee ballots.

5.32.040    Voters not on official registration list.

5.32.050    Certification of the election results.

5.32.010 Canvass board.

Before each election, the borough clerk, subject to approval of the assembly, shall appoint four or more qualified voters who shall constitute the election canvass board for that election. All members of the election canvass board, before entering upon their duties, must subscribe to the oath required of all public officers by the Constitution of the State of Alaska in the manner prescribed by the borough clerk. (Ord. 2004-45 § 2, 2004. 2004 Code § 2.12.630.)

5.32.020 Canvass of returns.

A. The day following the election, the election canvass board shall meet in public session and canvass all election returns. In full view of those present, the election canvass board shall judge the applicability of absentee and questioned ballots, shall open and tally those accepted, and shall compile the total votes cast in the election. The canvass of the ballot vote counted by the precinct election boards shall be accomplished by reviewing the tallies of the recorded vote to check for mathematical error by comparing totals with the precinct’s certificate of results. All obvious errors found by the election canvass in the transfer of totals from the precinct tally sheets to the precinct certificate of results shall be corrected by the canvass board. A mistake that has been made in precinct returns that is not clearly an error in the transfer of the results from the tallies to the certificate of results empowers the canvass board to recommend a recount of the results of the precinct or precincts for that portion of the returns in question.

B. Upon completion of the canvass, the board shall prepare a final certificate of the results of votes cast by absentee, questioned and challenged ballots and of votes cast by regular ballot, and shall prepare a written report of the results to be submitted to the assembly. (Ord. 2004-45 § 2, 2004. 2004 Code § 2.12.640.)

5.32.030 Procedures for handling questioned and absentee ballots.

A. Ballot review shall begin the day following the election. All ballots received must be reviewed and counted by the Tuesday following the election.

B. The canvass board will review all ballots that have been questioned to determine eligibility of voter. If the ballot is rejected, the borough clerk shall send a statement to the voter stating why the ballot could not be processed.

C. All rejected questioned ballots shall be enclosed in a separate envelope with statements of the basis for the question.

D. If the ballot is determined to be valid, the canvass board shall place all properly voted ballots in a separate container to be opened on the Tuesday following the election for counting. Ballots shall be counted according to the rules as adopted by the clerk for determining properly marked ballots.

E. The canvass board shall process absentee ballots in the same manner as specified in subsections (A) through (D) of this section. (Ord. 2016-40 § 35, 2016; Ord. 2004-45 § 2, 2004. 2004 Code § 2.12.650.)

5.32.040 Voters not on official registration list.

A person whose registration has been cancelled under state law and who votes a questioned/absentee ballot shall not have the ballot counted. (Ord. 2004-45 § 2, 2004. 2004 Code § 2.12.670.)

5.32.050 Certification of the election results.

A. The assembly shall meet in public session to receive the report of the canvass board, as soon as is practicable. If, after considering the report, the assembly determines that the election was validly held, the election shall be certified and entered upon the minutes of the meeting, together with the total number of votes cast for each candidate and for or against each proposition or question.

B. Upon certification of a valid election, the borough clerk shall deliver to each person elected to office a certificate of election, signed by the borough clerk and authenticated by the seal of the borough clerk. (Ord. 2004-45 § 2, 2004. 2004 Code § 2.12.680.)