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Let's talk about voting


October 1, 2020

Did you know that last year Haines Borough voters turned out some of the highest numbers of any community in Alaska during the 2019 municipal election?  48% of registered voters cast ballots in 2019 compared to the 39% voter turnout in 2018.  It is crucial for every resident to vote in this year’s municipal election.  Here’s why: 

The Haines economy is reeling from travel restrictions and the border closure, low fish numbers and prices, the high cost of living, high unemployment, and more.  COVID-19 and low oil prices are both negatively impacting state and local government revenue sources.  Tourism businesses across the Southeast region reported that their 2020 revenue was down by 83% over 2019.  We must look beyond tourism, our largest economic driver, that has been decimated by COVID-19 and expand opportunities in Haines for economic development.

It is crucial for every resident to vote because it is crucial that you have a voice in how we rebuild and expand our local economy during this economic hardship.  You decide our future.  Please vote Oct. 6. 

Tracey Harmon

Executive Director

Haines Chamber of Commerce


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