Borough election ballots in Mat-Su will include political parties, a first for Alaska

PALMER — Starting in November, ballots for Mat-Su Borough mayoral, assembly and school board candidates will include political party affiliations, marking a first for local governments in Alaska.

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly voted Tuesday to approve the change rather than send the question to voters as previously proposed.

The vote allows school board and assembly candidates to designate a political party affiliation when running for office. Candidates who do not will be listed on ballots as “nonpartisan” or “undeclared.”

By law, local elections in Alaska are nonpartisan and ballots around the state historically have not included political party information for any local candidates. Mat-Su is the first municipality to add partisan information, according to statewide municipal government and school board experts.


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