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Bethel Elections: Where Do I Vote? How Do I Vote Early?

Sep 30, 2020

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Read this post to learn all you need to know about the Bethel City Elections.

Who is running?

There are four people running for three seats on the Bethel City Council. Three are on the ballot: Perry Barr, Michelle DeWitt, and Rose “Sugar" Henderson. Conrad "CJ" McCormick is running as a write-in candidate. To vote for him, people need to write his name on the ballot and fill in the oval by his name. It helps if you spell his name correctly.

When is the election?

Tuesday, Oct. 6 is the date of the city election.  

Why vote early? 

This year, voting early may be the best option to avoid lines at the polls as people try to vote safely in a pandemic. This is especially a problem if you are in Bethel’s Precinct 1 because the Lower Kuskokwim School District will be limiting access to the Precinct 1 polling place to two people at a time on election day. That means many people may be standing in line outside, waiting to vote.

How do I vote early? 

You go to the Council Chambers at Bethel City Hall, get a ballot, and fill it out. Bethel City Hall is located at 300 Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway.

When is Bethel City Hall open for early voting?

From now to Oct. 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, the Bethel City Clerk’s office in Bethel City Hall will be open for early voting.

Thursday, Oct. 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The hours have been extended on Oct. 1 to help people who cannot make in to the Bethel City Clerk’s office earlier.

Saturday, Oct. 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Bethel City Clerk’s office at Bethel City Hall will be open for early voting to provide an opportunity for those who cannot vote at any other time.

Where do I vote on the Oct. 6 Bethel City Election?

There are two precincts in Bethel:

Precinct 1 has been moved to the Lower Kuskokwim School District Student Clinic located next to 1004 Ron Edward Memorial Drive. This precinct will be limited to two people in the polling place at a time. That means many may be standing in line, social distancing outside, waiting to vote on election day.

Precinct 2 is located at the Yupit Piciryarait Cultural Center at 401 Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway.

How long are the polls open for Bethel’s City Election On Tuesday, Oct. 6?

The polls are open at both precincts from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

How do I get assistance with voting?

If you require help with voting or have bilingual needs, you must call the Bethel City Clerk’s office at 543-1384 for that assistance at least 24 hours before you vote. Language assistance will be available at the polls on election day.

How safe is voting this year? 

The city is providing gloves, antiseptic, and masks at the polls, and people will be instructed to practice social distancing. The city asks people to wear masks when coming to vote early at Bethel City Hall.