Stories about politics.

Voters cast ballots in the Bethel City Elections at the Bethel Cultural Center on Oct. 4, 2016.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Early, in-person voting for the general election began Oct. 19 in Alaska. You can avoid the congestion of election day voting and still cast a ballot in person by voting early.

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Alaska U.S. Rep. Don Young
U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Rep. Don Young of Alaska is the longest serving member of Congress. In some respects, his opinion has not changed in those 47 years. He thinks that Alaska is a resource state, and that his job is to help the state build that economy. That means supporting the Donlin mine, and more. 

Courtesy of Dan Sullivan

Incumbent Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan said that he’s been doing a good job for rural Alaska, and wants another term in the U.S. Senate. He pointed to his support of public safety funding, and to Attorney General William Barr’s allocation of federal money for rural policing as proof of his effectiveness.

In February, the City of Bethel initiated the process of removing buildings that it has condemned.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

On Oct. 13, the Bethel City Council said hello and goodbye to a number of new and old faces. Newly elected Rose “Sugar” Henderson joined for her first meeting, while council members thanked Hugh Dyment for his service since April. Mayor Perry Barr said that Dyment provided experience and a steady hand on the city council as it began to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic. 

Al Gross campaign

Dr. Al Gross is running as a one-issue candidate. On the Democratic ballot as an independent for Alaska’s U.S. Senate seat, Gross wants to reform healthcare. He said that he does not want to take away the choices that exist now, but he does want to add a new choice because private healthcare is so expensive, especially in Alaska where costs are some of the highest in the county. 


The only person running for Alaska’s U.S. Senate seat who publicly supports the Pebble Mine is a miner. Alaskan Independence Party candidate John Wayne Howe says that he supports all sorts of mining, including the proposed Donlin mine.

Alaska state Sen. Donny Olson (left) and Sen. Lyman Hoffman (right)
Alaska State Legislature

Two rural Alaska state senators want to make sure that every Alaskan has access to a ballot on Election Day in November. Democratic Sens. Lyman Hoffman and Donny Olson are calling on the Alaska Division of Elections to create a plan ensuring that every eligible Alaskan will get a ballot in their community.

City of Bethel

Unofficial election results show a new face joining Bethel City Council. Rose “Sugar” Henderson will fill former council member Hugh Dyment’s seat. Mayor Perry Barr and council member Michelle DeWitt will return for two more years. 

Voters cast ballots in the Bethel City Elections at the Bethel Cultural Center on Oct. 4, 2016.
Katie Basile / KYUK

If passed, the Top-Four Ranked-Choice Voting and Campaign Finance Laws Initiative, or Ballot Measure 2, would change the way that Alaskans vote in both the primary and general elections. It would do away with Alaska's current partisan primary, allowing Alaskans to vote for any candidate in the primary, regardless of party affiliation.