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Katie Basile / KYUK

On Oct. 29, Bethel Mayor Michelle DeWitt spoke with Gov. Mike Dunleavy, asking the state to take more actions to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the mayor’s requests was to extend the state’s emergency disaster declaration because its expiration could affect Bethel’s authority to mandate testing at its airport. 


Katie Basile / KYUK

Attempts to create a regional tribal government for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta appear to be picking up steam. The Calista regional corporation, working with consultants, now has a process in place for each of the 56 tribes in the region to signal their intent to vote on the creation of a regional government.

Bethel Elections Chairperson Job Hale and his wife, Bethany Hale, organize the Bethel polling center on Election Day. Nov. 3, 2020 in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Police responded to the Bethel polls at the Cultural Center on Election Day, Nov. 3, for a call saying that the Bethel Elections Chair was displaying campaign material near the voting location. State law prohibits political campaign material within 200 ft. of a voting location. Bethel Police Chief Richard Simmons said that when officers arrived, the campaign material had been removed. 

Rep. Tiffany Zulkosky (District 38) campaigns with supporters on Watson's Corner in Bethel, Alaska on Election day, Nov. 3, 2020. Initial results show Zulkosky leading in returns, but many votes remain uncounted.
Katie Basile / KYUK

 Updated 11 a.m. Nov. 4, 2020:

Most of the votes cast in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta for the 2020 General Election remain uncounted as of the morning following Election Day.

Bethel voters make their way to the polls despite a blizzard on Nov. 3, 2020.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Despite high winds and several inches of snow, Bethel voters made their way to the polls to cast their ballots in the 2020 election. 

Bethel voters head to the Yupiit Picaryarait Cultural Center in Bethel, Alaska on Nov. 3, 2020 to cast their ballots.
Katie Basile / KYUK

With many ballots still to be counted, early results in Alaska’s Election Day tally gave some indication where some races may be heading.

The U.S. Census will begin in Toksook Bay, Alaska on Jan. 21, 2020. Pictured Dec. 14, 2019.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Polls will be open this Election Day in Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta communities locked down because of COVID-19. Election workers have devised ways for everyone in their community to vote, despite the pandemic.


The State of Alaska Division of Elections' 2020 “I Voted” sticker created by Alaskan artist Barbara Lavallee.
Alaska Division of Elections

If you’re in quarantine or isolation because of COVID-19 and can’t get to the polls, here are two ways to cast your vote.

The State of Alaska Division of Elections' 2020 “I Voted” sticker created by Alaskan artist Barbara Lavallee.
Alaska Division of Elections

Kusko Cab will provide free rides to and from the polls in Bethel on Election Day. There will be only one voting location in Bethel on that day, at the Cultural Center, where doors will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 3. There are several ways to vote before Election Day.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Due to the huge surge in COVID-19 cases in Bethel and the region around it, the Bethel City Council passed a resolution asking people to hunker down on Oct. 27. 

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