The Borough Clerk's Office is responsible for administering all Borough elections. The regular Borough election is held on the first Tuesday in October of each year to elect members to the Borough Mayor, Assembly and School Board.  Propositions, as approved by the Assembly or by initiative petition, may also be included on the ballot.

The 2017 Regular Borough election will be held on Tuesday October 3, 2017. 

October 3, 2017 Borough Election Timeline

Election Ballots

Sample ballots for the October 3, 2017, Borough election are available at the following links:

Sample single-sided ballot for voters who are registered outside the City of Ketchikan

Sample double-sided ballot for voters who are registered inside the City of Ketchikan

An informational voter pamphlet for the October 3, 2017 Borough election is available at the following link:

2017 Borough Election Voter Information Pamphlet

Candidate Filing

The listing of Borough candidates appearing on the October 3, 2017 Borough ballot is available at the following link:

Borough Candidate Listing for October 3, 2017 Borough Election

Filing for Borough office occurs annually between August 1st and 25th. Nominating petitions are available by the Borough Clerk beginning July 1. In order for a candidate's name to appear on the ballot, qualified candidates must declare candidacy and submit the required paperwork to the Borough Clerk between August 1 and 25th at 5:00 p.m. All candidates must file an Alaska Public Offices Commission Financial Disclosure Form along with their nominating petition.

Filing forms and instructions are available in the Candidate Information table below.

The following seats will be on the October 3, 2017 ballot for election:
 Assembly  (3) 3-year terms: John Harrington
Mike Painter (termed out)

Glen Thompson (termed out)
 School Board (2) 3-year terms
Glenn Brown
Diane Gubatayao
   (1) 1-year term
Misty Browne (resigned)

Voter Registration

In order to be a qualified voter of the Borough you must be registered to vote in State elections at a residence address in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough not less than 30 days prior to the election. Residents may register to vote at the Borough Clerk's Office and may also register or update voter information online using the State of Alaska's new online voter registration system at https://voterregistration.alaska.gov/

Voter registration is administered by the State Division of Elections

Voting Precincts

For the convenience of the voters, the Borough has seven precincts with a designated polling place in each precinct.  The table below provides detailed information on the polling places.

  1. Polling Places
  2. Candidate Information
  3. Absentee Voting
Precinct Location
Ketchikan No. 1
Gateway Recreation Center
601 Schoenbar Rd.
Ketchikan No. 2
The Plaza
2417 Tongass Avenue
Ketchikan No. 3
AMHS Ferry Terminal
3501 Tongass Avenue
North Tongass No. 1
North Tongass Fire Station 6
7550 North Tongass Hwy
North Tongass No. 2
North Tongass Fire Station 8
13110 North Tongass Hwy
Saxman Community Center
2841 South Tongass Hwy
South Tongass
Fawn Mountain Elementary School
400 Old Homestead Road