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There’s no juicy policy question on the ballot this year. Just candidates. Lots of municipal candidates: a mayor for Fairbanks, four Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly members, two school board members and two members for each of the Fairbanks and North Pole city councils.

The polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday. 

Danyielle Snider, clerk for the city of Fairbanks, offered some dos and don’ts of voting. Do bring some form of identification to the polling place. Don’t wear a campaign button when you go inside.

“The number one thing I can say is get out there and vote,” the clerk said.

She added that campaigning within 200 feet of voter precincts is prohibited.

Campaigning is widely defined, she said. It includes having a candidate’s sign on your vehicle parked near a polling place or discussing the pros and cons of candidates with friends and neighbors while standing in the voter line.

The rule is often unintentionally flouted, the clerk said.

“People just need to be respectful of that rule,” she said.

Forty polling places are scattered around the borough including Salcha, North Pole, Two Rivers, Fairbanks, Fox and Ester. The Alaska Division of Elections offers a free poll location service at 888-383-8683.

Voters can offer a driver’s license, voter registration card, hunting license or government issued ID to poll workers to get a ballot.

You can vote without ID, Snider said, but the ballot would be cast as a questioned ballot, which are reviewed.

Voters may cast a ballot at any precinct, but voting outside of your assigned precinct means the ballot will be questioned, the clerks said.

Snider reported good turnout for early voting at the city of Fairbanks.

Borough Clerk April Trickey said her numbers, as of Thursday, were down.

Anyone can cast a ballot but only the votes from people registered by Sept. 1 will be counted, the clerks said.

Both clerks wanted to remind voters that special needs ballots are available for those people who cannot make it to a polling place Tuesday.

“Some people have every intention of being able to make it. They just don’t know what is going to happen that day,” Trickey said.

A voter may ask a representative to fetch them a special needs ballot from any polling place. They can fill it out at home, the representative can sign as a witness and return the ballot to any polling place by 8 p.m. when the polls close, the clerks said.

Trickey said it’s important that voters participate in local elections.

“This is an opportunity for people to state how they want the borough to go forward,” she said.

One race, a four-way race for Fairbanks mayor, has the potential to go to a runoff election.

Under the charter for the city of Fairbanks, a mayoral candidate must surpass 40 percent of the vote to be elected.

If none of the four mayoral candidates exceeds that threshold, Snider said the top two contenders would participate in a runoff election Oct. 29.

Contact staff writer Amanda Bohman at 459-7545. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMborough.

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