Online polls open for Alaska Division of Elections student artwork contest

Published: Mar. 10, 2022 at 4:54 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - With the 2022 election season coming up later this year, the Alaska Division of Elections is running a contest to get kids involved in the democratic process.

Students ages 5-13 from around the state submitted artwork for participation stickers in the 2022 election.

The circular stickers, which read “I Voted” are handed out to all Alaskans who cast a ballot.

The division received over 160 entries, and narrowed that number down to a manageable figure.

According to Gail Fenumiai, Director of the Alaska Division of Elections, “We had a fair number from the Kenai Peninsula Borough area, a good number from Fairbanks, from Anchorage, and then throughout the Southeast, Juneau, Ketchikan area.”

“I think we had over 60 drawings from the Bethel area,” she added.

Each region has its own set of options, designed by kids from that area. The Fairbanks area has 16 submissions to choose from.

In each zone, the top 4 vote-getters in the first, or primary round of voting will move on to the general election. This second round will mimic ranked choice voting.

The division’s outreach efforts don’t end there. “We’re hoping to purchase some TV time to be able to have ads on the TV closer to the primary and general elections,” Fenumiai explained. “We’re working on additional display-type material that can be displayed in communities as well as posters that can be displayed in communities.”

The primary round of art voting ends on March 22nd, and the general election for the designs begins on March 29th.

The division will also hold a simulated general election to choose artwork for the 2022 election pamphlet.

The Division of Elections reminds voters to make sure their voter registration information is accurate and up-to-date before voter ID cards are mailed out at the end of May.

More information can be found here.

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