Chapter 18.24


18.24.010    Ballot form.

18.24.020    Propositions – Clarity – Conciseness.

18.24.030    Preparation and distribution.

18.24.060    Election materials.

18.24.010 Ballot form.

A. The clerk shall prepare all official ballots to facilitate fairness, simplicity, and clarity in the voting procedure, to reflect most accurately the intent of the voter, and to expedite the administration of elections.

B. The clerk shall determine the size of the ballot, the type of print, necessary additional instruction notes to voters, and other similar matters of form not provided by law. The ballots shall be numbered in series to ensure simplicity and secrecy and to prevent fraud.

C. The words “Vote for no more than ____,” with the appropriate number replacing the blank, shall be placed before the list of candidates for each office.

D. The names of candidates shall be printed as they appear upon the nominating petitions filed with the clerk.

E. The names of candidates shall be arranged alphabetically.

F. Below the printed names of candidates appearing on the ballot shall be blank lines equal in number to the seats to be filled for the office, upon which the voter may write the name(s) of person(s) not listed on the ballot.

G. Propositions and questions shall be placed on the ballot in the manner prescribed by the clerk. Provisions shall be made for marking the proposition “Yes” or “No.” (Ord. 12-009 § 10, 2012)

18.24.020 Propositions – Clarity – Conciseness.

A. All ballot propositions shall be stated:

1. In a concise and clear language to avoid verbosity and with the object of informing and advising the voter of the issue in a clear and forthright manner.

2. In the affirmative and not the negative so that a yes vote will always mean that the voter approves of the affirmative of a position and not the negative; and a no vote disapproves the affirmative statement of an issue.

B. Ballot propositions shall not be used to obtain a negative result by the casting of a yes vote. Words of multi-syllables will be avoided in ballot propositions, and simple sentences shall be used in preference to complex or compound sentences, with the object of making ballot propositions understandable to the average reader. (Ord. 12-009 § 10, 2012)

18.24.030 Preparation and distribution.

A. The clerk may contract for the preparation and printing of the ballots without obtaining competitive bids.

B. The clerk shall have ballots printed for each election and in the clerk’s possession at least 18 calendar days before each regular election and at least 10 days before each special election. At that time, the ballots may be inspected by any candidate whose name is on the ballot, or the candidate’s authorized agent, and any discovered mistake shall be corrected immediately.

C. The clerk shall arrange for delivery of ballots to each election board prior to or on the date of the election before opening of the polls. The ballots shall be delivered in separate containers marked with the number and type of ballots enclosed. A receipt for the ballots, including the number and type of ballots, shall be signed and dated by an election official. The clerk shall keep the receipt as part of the election record.

D. No ballots shall be taken from the polling place before the closing of the polls, unless the clerk for good cause directs that the ballots be removed. A record shall be kept by the election officials of the ballots removed from a polling place.

E. The clerk shall have sample ballots available to voters which are identical on colored paper and marked “sample.” (Ord. 12-009 § 10, 2012)

18.24.060 Election materials.

A. The clerk shall equip each polling place or voting station with sufficient materials and supplies needed for the election, including all necessary registration materials, before the opening of the polls.

B. The clerk shall provide instructions to voters on how to obtain ballots, how to mark them, and how to obtain new ballots to replace those destroyed or spoiled.

C. The clerk shall provide booths at each polling place or voting station, with appropriate supplies and conveniences to enable each voter to mark the ballot screened from observation. At least three sides of each booth shall be enclosed.

D. Ballot boxes shall be placed outside of the voting booths within plain view of the election officials, voters and other persons at the polling places.

E. The clerk may make arrangements with the borough or the state of Alaska or both for the use of voting equipment and other supplies relating to voting. (Ord. 12-009 § 10, 2012)