Stories about politics.

Voting Absentee In Person At Nunam Iqua Tribal Office

Aug 18, 2020
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

As the primary election begins, the Alaska Division of Elections reports that there are seven small, rural communities in Alaska without polling places because of concerns over COVID-19. Nunam Iqua, on the Yukon River, is among them. There, people can vote absentee in person at the tribal office.  

Arrangements for absentee in person voting have also been provided in the other communities without polling places for the primary election on Tuesday, Aug. 18.

Primary Election On Aug. 18

Aug 17, 2020
Katie Basile / KYUK

The results of Alaska's primary election on Tuesday, Aug. 18 will decide who will be on the ballot for a U.S. Senate seat in November. Also up for a vote is who will be on the ballot for Alaska’s only seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. The polls open Aug. 18 at 7 a.m., and close at 8 p.m. 

City Council Puts Restrictions On City Manager Corraza

Aug 13, 2020

The Bethel City Council meeting on Aug. 11 ended with a long and public discussion of issues and concerns over City Manager Vincenzo "Vinny" Corazza’s management style. The long, hour-and-a-half discussion ranged over many issues, including finances. 

Bethel Open for Absentee Voting In Primary

Aug 12, 2020

Bethel voters can vote now in the state primary scheduled for Aug. 18. They can cast their absentee in-person ballots at the Nora Guinn Courthouse. Voters will have to use the side entrance, near KYUK.

Earlier, KYUK reported that the Alaska Division of Elections had been unable to find a person to officiate the in-person absentee voting. The city is helping out by providing the service. The hours of voting are limited to 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the courthouse. 

Bethel City Council Nixes Albertson Contract

Aug 12, 2020

A former Bethel City Council member will not continue to be a consultant with the city. KYUK’s Johanna Eurich reports that a motion to pay Leif Albertson to provide health information to the Bethel Emergency Operation Center failed to pass.

After over a year at the organization, ONC Executive Director Ron Hoffman has decided to resign.
KYUK Staff

Millions of dollars in CARES Act funding is flowing into the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta’s villages. But the funds come with the requirement that they be used in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, or else they’ll have to be paid back. There’s some disagreement between tribes on what is an allowable expense.

Teresa Cotsirilos / KYUK

The Calista Corporation is backing incumbent Republicans Sen. Dan Sullivan and Rep. Don Young for the upcoming general election.

Council member Mark Springer said said that Bethel City Council and its Public Safety Commission actually don’t have much purview over the Bethel Police Department, but he urged City Manager Pete Williams to look into alleged problems with rape kits.
Dean Swope / KYUK

If you want to run for Bethel City Council, the time to file is now. The filing period to submit your candidacy for the local election is open until Aug. 20.

Tripp Crouse / KNBA

The 2020 annual convention of the Alaska Federation of Natives will go virtual out of safety concerns over coronavirus. The decision was announced Aug. 5, 2020 in a news release from AFN.

Courtesy of Division of Elections

Due to the pandemic, state elections officials expect a record number of absentee ballots will be submitted for the primary election coming up this month. For many people, this will be the first time that they have voted by mail. Alaska Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer says that the ballot is straightforward, with one exception:

“Our absentee ballots do require a witness, and they do require a personal identifier as well as the person’s signature,” Meyer said.