George W. Bush and Al Gore might not be watching voter turnout in today's Kenai Peninsula Borough regular municipal election, but 37 peninsula residents running for office are counting on friends and neighbors to be at the right place at the right time.
There are six borough assembly candidates, five school board contenders, three Kenai City Council wannabes, two Seward City Council hopefuls, two Soldotna residents running for city council and 19 candidates for service area boards.
Then there are the proponents and opponents of three borough propositions, a city of Seward proposition and the possible creation of a new Greater Kachemak Volunteer Fire and Emergency Medical Service Area.
The borough has 31 precincts and polling places. According to Sherry Biggs, the borough's deputy clerk, provisions have been made to accommodate a wide range of possible voter needs. Considera-tion is even given to individuals who make mistakes on their ballot and want to start over, as long as it doesn't happen more than three times.
"Voting is a right," Biggs said. "There's someone available to help if the voter is disabled, handicapped, has difficulty reading or writing, or for any other reason."
Answers to questions or requests for more information can be directed to the clerk's office at 262-8608 or (800) 478-4441, ext. 308.
Polls are open today from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the following locations:
Anchor Point -- Anchor Point Senior Center, One-Quarter Mile Milo Fritz Ave.;
Bear Creek -- Bear Creek Fire Hall, Mile 5 Seward Hwy.;
Cooper Landing -- Every voter will be mailed a ballot;
Diamond Ridge -- Christian Community Church, 3838 Bartlett St.;
Fritz Creek -- Kachemak Community Center, 41770 Bear Creek Dr.;
Homer 1 -- Old Intermediate School Building, 450 Sterling Hwy.;
Homer 2 -- Homer United Methodist Church, 770 East End Road;
Homer 3 -- Homer Senior Citizens Center, 3935 Svedlund;
Hope -- Every voter will be mailed a ballot;
Kachemak Bay -- Every voter will be mailed a ballot;
Kalifornsky Beach -- Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School, 1049 E. Poppy Lane;
Kasilof North -- Skyview High School, Mile 98.6 Sterling Hwy.;
Kasilof South -- Tustumena Elementary School, Mile 111 Sterling Hwy.;
Kenai 1 -- National Guard Armory, 105 Forest;
Kenai 2 -- National Guard Armory, 105 Forest;
Kenai 3 -- National Guard Armory, 105 Forest;
Kenai 4 -- National Guard Armory, 105 Forest;
Moose Pass -- Every voter will be mailed a ballot;
Nanwalek -- Every voter will be mailed a ballot;
Nikiski -- Nikiski High School, Nikiski Beach Road;
Ninilchik -- Ninilchik School, Mile 138 Sterling Hwy.;
Port Graham -- Every voter will be mailed a ballot;
Ridgeway -- Borough Building, 144 N. Binkley St.;
Salamatof -- Nikiski Fire Station No. 1, Mile 17.9 Spur Hwy.;
Seldovia -- Seldovia Library, 260 Seldovia St.;
Seward -- Seward City Hall, Fifth and Adams;
Soldotna 1 -- Soldotna City Hall, 177 N. Birch;
Soldotna 2 -- Soldotna City Hall, 177 N. Birch;
Sports Lake -- Borough Building, 144 N. Binkley St.;
Sterling -- CES Sterling Fire Station, 35202 Sterling Hwy.;
Tyonek -- Every voter will be mailed a ballot.
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