Vote by Mail campaign brought families out to celebrate civic engagement
March 22 & 23 community partners from across Anchorage came together to celebrate every Alaskans’ right to vote with block party-style Ballot Box Bashes. Two evenings of music, games, snacks and community. Voters and their families were encouraged to bring their Vote by Mail ballots to one of two secure ballot boxes and enjoy festivities with their civic engagement. Food donated by Subway, Dipper Donuts, Lucky Wishbone and more with games, dancing and performances by local DJs, Rhythm of Light dance group and music legends H3.
Ballot Box Bash celebrations were hosted by local groups throughout Anchorage including Anchorage Parks Foundation, Anchorage Community Land Trust, Alaska Community Action on Toxics, Get Out The Native Vote, Alaska Humanities Forum, Volunteers from Leadership Anchorage, Mountainview Hope Covenant Church, and The Alaska Center.
Ballot Box Bashes are an opportunity for all Anchorage voters to engage in person with the new Vote by Mail process. With this election, Anchorage is officially an all vote-by-mail city, and we think there’s something to celebrate about having community members’ voices heard. The transition to Vote-By-Mail elections has been shown to increase turnout over time in the lower 48. Local leaders and community members are working to make sure that every Anchorage voter understands the Vote by Mail process and can take part in making Anchorage the most engaged electorate in the nation.