FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kenai Mayor Pat Porter has asked the City Clerk to calculate the effects of administering city elections by mail only. Mayor Porter: “Because I think we’d have a much larger voter turnout. It’s beginning to happen across the nation and it’s proven that’s exactly what happens. I think that it’s something we need to look at in the city, we have the availability to do it, and so it’s a matter of do we want to have that available to our citizens here?” A similar proposal brought to Kenai Peninsula Borough voters in 2014 was defeated. Mayor Porter: “I would think people could still come in here and vote absentee, I’m not sure how all of that would work, that’s why we have a City Clerk to figure out of that, but it’s definitely an idea that I have and I think it’s time to look at it.” The City Clerk is currently investigating the associated costs and requirements for the city to change its election style. Porter first publicly mentioned the idea during the April 20th Kenai City Council meeting, and said there would still be options for those who prefer traditional in-person voting.