FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna City Council at their meeting on Wednesday passed a resolution recommending the borough enact a vote by mail policy, which would transition the election process from the current polling site structure to a vote by mail hybrid structure. According to the report, “The (vote-by-mail hybrid structure) has proven to be a more efficient and effective process for the administration of elections. In this process every registered voter will be mailed a ballot package 2-3 weeks prior to election day, giving more voters an opportunity to exercise their right to vote at a time and place that meets their schedule and convenience.” The borough assembly introduced an ordinance at their meeting on May 5 that will be up for public hearing at their meeting on June 2. The ordinance introduced by the borough would provide for vote by mail elections in order to provide for more time between a regular election and run-off election. How the ordinance is written by the borough, ADA-compliant voting centers would still be available in a handful of locations in the borough for in-person voting. The resolution was brought forward by Council Member Lisa Parker: “Our world has changed. It’s changed the way we work, live and play. It has also changed the way we are voting in the United States.” The Kenai Peninsula Borough’s election stakeholder group, which was tasked with making voting easier and more accessible, endorsed a similar hybrid solution in a report last year, calling for a hybrid system with broad use of by-mail voting and limited options for early in-person voting. Soldotna City Manager Stephanie Queen and City Clerk Shellie Saner were active members of the group in 2019.