Alaska Voting Quick Facts
Who Can Register to vote in Alaska
If you need to register to vote or update your voter registration record, you (or an individual with a general power of attorney or special power of attorney authorizing that individual to register you) must complete a Voter Registration Application.
To register to vote in the State of Alaska, an individual must meet the following qualifications:
- Be a United States Citizen
- Reside in Alaska
- be at least 18 years old or within 90 days of your 18th birthday;
- not be a convicted felon, unless your voting rights have been restored; and
- not be registered to vote in another state unless you are willing to cancel your registration in the other state.
How Do I Register To Vote in Alaska
Complete a form in person at any Division of Elections office, Division of Motor Vehicle office through a voter registration agency, or voter registrar.
Click here to get the address and phone number for the board of registrars office in your county
By Mail, Fax, or by Email
Print an application for you to complete and sign.
Send your completed and signed application by mail, fax or as an email attachment
(PDF, TIFF or JPEG) to a Regional Elections office.
Click here to download the Mail-In Voter Registration Form
You can register online either electronically or using a paper form. To register electronically, you must have a valid Alaska driverâs license or state ID.
Click here to Register Online
Voting At The Polls On Election Day
WHAT IS AN ACCEPTABLE FORM OF IDENTIFICATION FOR VOTING
Present Identification and Sign the Precinct Register
- voter ID card, driver's license, state ID card, or military ID card
- passport, hunting or fishing license
- [other current or valid photo identification.
You may also present one of the following forms of identification if it includes your name and current address
- current utility bill or pay check
- government check or bank statement
- other government issued document
After presenting identification, you will sign your name on the precinct register. When doing this, check your residence address listed. If your residence 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 residence address”
If you do not have identification or your name does not appear on the precinct register, you must vote a questioned ballot”
Who Can Vote in Primary Elections in Alaska
Both Democrats and Republicans hold Open Primaries
Alaska law allows a political party to select who may participate in their party's primary.
Parties may expand or limit who may participate in their Primary Election by
submitting a written notice with a copy of their
pre cleared by-laws to the Director of Elections no later than September 1st of the year prior to the year in which a Primary Election is to be held.
Based on political party by-laws submitted to the Division of Elections there are three ballot choices:
- Alaska Democratic Party, Alaska Libertarian Party and Alaskan Independence Party Candidate with Ballot Measures ballot - any registered voter may vote this ballot;
- Alaska Republican Party Candidate with Ballot Measures ballot - voters registered as Republican,
Nonpartisan or Undeclared may vote this ballot; and
- Ballot Measures Only ballot - any registered voter may vote this ballot.
The political party affiliation listed on a voter's registration record 30 days prior to the election determines which primary ballot type a voter is eligible to vote.
Click here for additional information
Who Can Vote Absentee in Alaska
Absentee Early and In-Person Voting
Beginning 15 days prior to an election, and continuing through Election Day, voters may vote
Absentee early at a Regional Elections Office in the jurisdiction where the voter is registered. Regional offices are located in Juneau, Anchorage, Wasilla, Fairbanks and Nome; or Absentee in-person at any Regional Elections Office or absentee voting location.
When voting early, the voter's eligibility to vote is verified at the time of voting
through the Division of Elections statewide voter registration system.
A voter is eligible to vote early if the voter is voting at the Regional Elections Office and if
the voter's registration record is active and current. Early voting is available only during Primary,
General and Statewide Special Elections. Since the voter's eligibility to vote could be verified,
the voter simply signs a certificate and the voted ballot is placed directly into the ballot box.
When voting absentee in-person, the voter's eligibility to vote is verified after the voter is
issued a ballot. Absentee in-person voting is available at each Regional Elections Office and at many absentee
voting locations throughout the state. Since the voter's eligibility could not be verified at the time of voting,
the voter's voted ballot is placed inside an absentee voting envelope prior to being placed in the ballot box.
When do absentee early and in-person voting sites open?
- Most absentee early vote and in-person voting sites open 15 days before Election Day and
remain open through Election Day. Times and dates may vary depending on the location and/or community.
What ballots are available at each site?
- Some voting sites will have ballots for all 40 house districts,
some will have ballots for a single district and some will have ballots for multiple districts at one location.
When are absentee early and in-person ballots counted?
- The Division of Elections counts all absentee early and in-person ballots that
are eligible to be counted from election night through up to 15 days after the election.
The dates and times when absentee early and in-person ballots are counted will be determined prior to each election.
Voting By-Mail and Electronic Transmission
- The next federal and state elections to be conducted by the Division of Elections
will be in August and November of 2016. You may begin to apply for an absentee ballot for the 2016 elections,
beginning on January 1, 2016.
If you are checking your absentee ballot status for the October 4, 2015 Regional Educational Attendance Area Elections local school board in
rural areas of Alaska, please contact the Absentee and Petition office for absentee ballot status.
- Receive a ballot through the mail. Check http://www.elections.alaska.gov/vi_bb_by_mail.php
Voting By Electronic Transmission
Request a ballot through our secure online ballot solution
or have a ballot faxed to you.Check http://www.elections.alaska.gov/vi_bb_by_fax.php
What If My Address Has Changed
Determining residence for voting purposes:
- For voting purposes, you are considered an Alaska resident if you reside in the state and intend to remain here or you leave with the intent to return.
- Be a legal Resident of ,
Are you in Alaska going to college but a resident of another state?
- If you are attending college in Alaska, but are a resident of another state and wish to remain a resident of that state, contact the state election official in your home state for information about voter qualifications and the procedures for voting absentee in your home state. You may visit the National Association of Secretaries of State or the Election Assistance Commission Voter Information Center for information.
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