Voters will decide Ketchikan’s fate. And Alaska’s. As well as that of the United States.

It’s as simple as that.

And it’s just as simple to become a registered voter in Alaska.

The deadline to register for the Aug.18 primary election is July 19.

The state primary election will feature congressional seats occupied by Sen. Dan Sullivan and Congressman Don Young. It also will include the positions of state Sen. Bert Stedman and Rep. Dan Ortiz.

Ortiz, a registered Independent, won’t appear on the ballot until the November general election, but Republican challenger Leslie Becker is listed as a primary candidate. No Democrats appear on the primary ballot.

Michael Sheldon of Petersburg is challenging Stedman in the Republican primary. No one filed as a Democrat.

Young and Sullivan each have a half dozen candidates in the Republican, Democrat and Independence parties listed as candidates for those seats.

All Alaskans who applied for an Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend were automatically registered to vote in 2020 unless they opted out.

But, anyone else who would like to register can do so online or at several locals locations, including the City of Ketchikan and Ketchikan Gateway Borough clerks’ offices. All it takes is their Alaska driver’s license number, their state ID number or the last four digits of their Social Security number.

Additional registration information is available at the Division of Elections website.

The state makes it simple to register. All it takes is a little time.

Time is of the essence. It also is well spent when considering that voters will be setting the direction for Ketchikan, the State of Alaska and the United States for years to come by whom they elect.

Let it be a direction you want to take — register and then vote!