Municipal and Rural Educational Attendance Area (REAA) elections are your chance to have a voice in the local election process. These elections offer an opportunity to select representatives who share your values and vision for your community. If there are no candidates who support your ideals, consider running for office yourself!
The importance of voting cannot be overstated. Voters in past municipal elections have passed local ordinances that include the sale of marijuana, tax increases, and the types of material you can burn for heat in the winter. Likewise, the REAA is your voice at the table regarding your children’s educational needs, school funding, and adequate access to technology.
To assist voters in making an informed decision, Get Out the Native Vote (GOTNV) volunteers in the Interior have been gathering videos of candidates who are running for election or reelection in the Fairbanks North Star Borough (FNSB). Videos will be posted on the GOTNV-Interior Facebook page, and can also be found on the GOTNV page on the Doyon website after publication.
GOTNV also encourages voters to find out more information about candidates running for the REAA seats. These individuals represent your community and are advocates for your children’s education in rural Alaska. More information on the REAA candidates can be found on the State of Alaska website.
Here is some helpful information on voting in Alaska:
- First, register to vote. If you live in Alaska, you can register to vote and update your registration information up to 30 days prior to any election at
- Vote early. Early voting in Fairbanks begins 15 days before the election date. You can vote on or after that date at the FNSB building, 907 Terminal Street, or obtain an absentee ballot on the FNSB website. The REAA absentee ballots must be completed by September 23.
- Mark your calendar.The FNSB, Fairbanks City Municipal and North Pole Election Day is Tuesday, October 1, 2019, from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. The last day to file for candidacy for the October 1, 2019 REAA Election is on or before 5:00 p.m. Friday, August 2, 2019. The withdrawal deadline for a political party candidate to remove their name from the REAA Election ballot is Wednesday, August 14, 2019.State of Alaska website.
- Remember, you can make a difference. Voting is everyone’s responsibility. Demonstrate the importance of voting to your children and encourage your family and friends to participate as well.
GOTNV strives to engage Alaska Natives, shareholders and tribal members in the election and voting process. If you would like to be involved with future GOTNV initiatives, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location: Borough Clerk’s Office, 907 Terminal Street, Fairbanks, Alaska
Filing Opens: Monday, July 15, 2019 – 8:00 a.m.
Filing Closes: Monday, July 29, 2019 – 5:00 p.m.
Withdrawal Deadline: Monday, August 5, 2019- 5:00 p.m.
View the most recent GOTNV articles:
- August 2018 – Alaska Primary Season Heats Up
- July 2018 – Election Policy Work Group
- May 2018 – Mail-in Ballot Success
- January 2018 – Vote in the Upcoming Board Election
- November 2017 – Vote in the November 8 General Election
- May 2017 – What Does Voting Mean to You?
- March 2017 – Join a State Board or Commission
- February 2017 – 2016 GOTNV Elections Recap and Legislative Sessions Beginning
Links to Helpful Information:
- GOTNV Statewide Efforts home page: www.aknativevote.com/
- State of Alaska Division of Elections home page: www.elections.alaska.gov
- City of Fairbanks Municipal Election Information: http://www.fairbanksalaska.us/election-information/
- Fairbanks North Star Borough Municipal Election Information: http://www.co.fairbanks.ak.us/bc/Pages/elections.aspx
- Voter registration instructions: www.elections.alaska.gov/vi_vr_how.php
- Find your poll location: www.elections.alaska.gov/vi_where.php
- Tanana Chiefs Conference Native Vote: www.tananachiefs.org/advocacy/native-vote/