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Alaska Voting Guide

Registration Deadlines
In Person:
Sunday, September 2, 2018
By Mail:
Received by Sunday, September 2, 2018
Election Dates:
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 (REAA Election)
Division of Elections
PO Box 110017
Juneau, AK 99811-0017
Phone:
907-465-4611
Fax:
907-375-6480

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to vote in Alaska you must be:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • 18 years of age or older 90 days before Election Day
  • A resident of the state and of the election district for at least 30 days before Election Day
  • Registered before the election registration deadline
  • Not registered to vote in another jurisdiction

NOTE: You may register 90 days before your 18th birthday but you must be 18 by Election Day.

ID Needed for Voter Registration

If you register by mail, you are required to include information that will verify your identity. If you have not previously registered to vote in Alaska and you are submitting your registration application by mail, you must provide a copy of one of the following:

In addition, please provide:

If your identity cannot be verified when you register to vote, you will be required to provide certain identification when voting.

  • Driver's license
  • State ID card
  • Birth certificate
  • Passport
    • Your birth date
    • Your Social Security number or at least the last 4 digits of your Social Security number

ID Needed for Voting?

You will need to show your signed voter ID card, or any other signed ID that will allow the election worker to verify your signature. Examples include your driver's license, military ID, Indian ID, fish and game license, state ID card, passport, or senior citizen ID card. A picture ID is not necessary.

You may also present one of the following forms of ID if it includes your name and current address:

  • current utility bill or pay check
  • government check or bank statement
  • other government issued ID

After showing your ID, you will sign your name on the precinct register. When doing this, check the address that is listed. If your address is incorrect, tell the election worker and vote a questioned ballot. This will allow the Division of Elections to update your voter registration record with your correct address.

If you do not have an acceptable ID you can get one from your local DMV.

If you do not have ID or your name does not appear on the precinct register, you must vote a questioned ballot.

Registration Deadline

The registration deadline is 30 days before an election.

Alaska law allows for same day voter registration for the purposes of voting for President and Vice President of the United States. You may vote a questioned ballot at any polling place, vote an in-person absentee ballot at an absentee voting location or vote by mail.

Verify Voter Registration

To verify your voter registration status, please utilize your state resource.

Absentee Ballot Process

If you are unable to vote in Alaska on Election Day, you can vote absentee:

  • In person (available 15 days before an election)
  • By mail (deadline for applying is 10 days before an election)
  • By fax (available 15 days before an election)

Absentee ballot applications are available and can be requested and turned in anytime for each calendar year. The application deadline is 10 days prior to the election. You can request a ballot for a specific election or for all elections in the year. To receive an absentee ballot by mail, you must first send an application in order for your voter registration to be verified. One you have submitted your absentee ballot, you can verify your status by using your Secretary of State's tool.

Send your application to the Division of Elections, Absentee Voting Office, 619 Ship Creek Ave, Suite 329, Anchorage, AK 99501-1677, phone is 907-375-6400, fax 907-375-6480, akabsentee@gov.state.ak.us.

Apply early to receive your ballot in time. Regular absentee ballots are mailed approximately one to two weeks before an election. If your absentee ballot is to be sent to a remote area of Alaska and you will be there 60 days before or during an election, you may request a special advance ballot on this site.

A special advance ballot will be mailed approximately 60 days before the election up until 32 days before the election. A regular ballot will also be mailed when available. Vote and return both ballots to make sure one is received. If both are received, only the regular ballot will be counted. Vote your ballot, have your signature witnessed on the envelope and mail it by Election Day.

If you have questions about your absentee ballot application, you should contact the absentee voting office at (907) 375-6400.

Absentee Voting by fax should be your last alternative to casting your ballot. By using this method to return your voted ballot, you need to be aware that you are voluntarily waiving your right to a secret ballot. You must apply separately for each election. You must submit your request no later than 5:00 pm the day before Election Day. If you are returning your ballot by fax, it must be voted, witnessed and received by the appropriate fax in the absentee voting office by 8:00 pm on Election Day.

If you are a qualified voter who is disabled, you may apply for an absentee ballot through a personal representative who can bring the ballot to you. A personal representative can be anyone over 18, except a candidate for office in the election, your employer, an agent of your employer, or an officer or agent of your union. Ballots are available 15 days before the primary, general or statewide special election at any regional elections office.

The personal representative brings the completed application to an election official for a ballot and takes the ballot to you. You complete a certificate authorizing the personal representative to carry your ballot, vote the ballot privately, place it in a secrecy sleeve and seal it inside the envelope provided. The personal representative brings the voted ballot back to the election official by 8:00 pm on Election Day.

Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

Overseas and Military Voters

You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependant of a uniformed services voter. To get registered and vote, you can utilize Overseas Vote Foundation.

If you have additional questions about elections and voting overseas you can use our state specific elections official directory or contact the Overseas Vote Foundation.

Early Voting

You may vote absentee in person 15 days before an election at all 40 regional elections' offices and you can vote at the airport absentee voting stations on Election Day from 7:00am to 8:00pm.

Election Dates

The next election is Tuesday, October 2, 2018 (REAA). The registration deadline is Sunday, September 2, 2018.

Please check your local city/boroughs for local election calendar or contact your local elections office for more information on local elections.

 

Poll Worker Information

In order to be a poll worker in Alaska:

  • You must be registered to vote in Alaska
  • You must be at least 18 years of age; except students 16 or older may work at the polls if they are enrolled in public or private high school
  • You must be a resident of the precinct 30 days prior to the election
  • You must state your political affiliation
  • You will be entitled to compensation

To sign up, contact your local board of elections.

Polling Place Hours

The polling place hours are from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm for Primary, General and Statewide Special Elections and 8:00am to 8:00am for Regional Educational Attendance Area (REAA) elections.

Time Off To Vote

Employers must allow sufficient paid time off to vote for their employees, unless the employer has at least two consecutive hours to vote before or after his/her work hours.

Polling Place Locator

You can find your polling place by utilizing your state resource. If you have further questions regarding your polling place location, please contact your local elections official.

Provisional Voting

Provisional voting is available if you do not have identification or are not personally known by the election official, or if your name does not appear on the precinct register at the polling place where you are attempting to vote. You will have to vote a provisional ballot that will be delivered to a regional election office for verification of eligibility before being counted.

Voting Machines

The voting systems used in Alaska are optical scan, touch screen-paper ballots and hand count.

Optical Scan: With this system, you will receive a card or sheet of paper, which you take over to a private table or booth. The card has the names of the various candidates and ballot measures printed on it. With a pen or pencil you fill in a little box or circle or the space between two arrows. When you are finished filling out all the cards, you may bring the cards over to a ballot box, where poll workers will show you how to put the cards in the box. Or in some places, you may feed the completed cards or papers into a computer device that checks your card or paper right there at the polling place to make sure you have voted the way you want to and counts the votes.

Touch Screen-Paper ballots: These units used in Alaska have a voter verifiable paper trail that allows the voter to verify the printed version of the ballot prior to casting the ballot. When voting on a touch screen, the voter has the option of having the ballot on the screen and/or listen to an audio version of the ballot and using a keypad to make the selection. Like the optical scan, when the polls close, the election board ends the election on the touch screen and then transmit results either via telephone line (for optical scan precincts) or by calling in the results to the regional office (for hand-count precincts).

Hand Count: These precincts are those precincts that are in rural areas of the state with fewvoters. After the polls close, the election boards tally the ballots using prepared tally books and then call in the results to the appropriate regional office. The regional offices then data enter the results into the regional GEMS computer and uploads the results to the GEMS system in the Director's Office via modem connection. There are 133 hand-count precincts in Alaska.

You can learn more about voting systems by checking out the Elections Assistance Commission's (EAC) resource.

Candidate and Ballot Measure Information

Information on local, state and federal candidates and ballot measures may be available here.

To see a list of available races, visit the race index.

Provisions for Voters with Disabilities

If you are a qualified voter who is disabled, you may apply for an absentee ballot through a personal representative who can bring the ballot to you. A personal representative can be anyone over 18, except a candidate for office in the election, your employer, an agent of your employer, or an officer or agent of your union. Ballots are available 15 days before the primary, general or statewide special election at any regional elections office.

The personal representative brings the completed application to an election official for a ballot and takes the ballot to you. You complete a certificate authorizing the personal representative to carry your ballot, vote the ballot privately, place it in a secrecy sleeve and seal it inside the envelope provided. The personal representative brings the voted ballot back to the election official by 8:00 pm on Election Day.

In addition to bilingual assistance in many polling places, the division of elections has a TTY communication device for the hearing impaired, magnifying ballot viewers at the polling places and audio recordings of the general election official election pamphlet for the visually impaired, and handicapped accessible polling places.

You may bring someone to help you at the polls. The person you bring may go into the booth with you and assist you with voting. This includes election officials, friends, family members, bystanders, campaign workers and anyone else who is not your employer, an agent of your employer, or officer or agent of your union. If you had planned on going to your polling place on Election Day but become ill or are homebound, you can vote by having a personal representative bring you a ballot. If this is inconvenient, you can apply up to seven days before an election for an absentee ballot to be mailed to you. If your specific type of special services needed are not covered here, please contact an elections office for assistance.

For more information, you can utilize the American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD) resource.

Campaign Finance Information

For information on federal campaign contributions, please visit Open Secrets.

For information on state campaign contributions, please visit your state's resource.


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