Alaska Election Information

Upcoming Elections in Your State

November 3, 2020 Alaska General Election

Voter Registration Deadlines & Important Dates

October 4 – Deadline for voters to register to vote

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When You Can Vote

Election Day:

On Election Day, the polls open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m. local time.

Alaska allows early voting, which begins 15 days before Election Day (i.e., Monday, August 3, 2020 for the 2020 Primary Election and Monday, October 19, 2020 for the 2020 General Election).  The times early voting is open at particular polling locations will be available approximately one month prior to an election. Visit http://www.elections.alaska.gov/Core/AIPEVEvents.php for early voting dates.

2020 Primary Absentee Early and In- Person Voting Locations: https://www.elections.alaska.gov/Core/avolocationsp.php

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Where You Can Vote

How to Find Your Polling Place:

You can identify your polling location here.

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Registering to Vote

Registration Deadlines:

You must register to vote at least thirty days before the election, by July 19, 2020 for the Primary Election or by October 4, 2020 for the General Election.

How to Check Your Registration: You can confirm whether you are registered to vote at https://myvoterinformation.alaska.gov or call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

 Registration Eligibility:

To register to vote, you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States that is at least 18 years of age or within 90 days of your 18th birthday; and
  • Be an Alaska resident, and not be registered to vote in another state unless you are willing to cancel your registration in the other state.
  • Note: A person that has been convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude may not register to vote unless he or she has been unconditionally discharged from custody and no longer on parole or probation for that conviction.

To vote, you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States that is at least 18 years of age;
  • Have been a resident of Alaska and the house district in which you seek to vote for at least 30 days before the election;
  • Have registered to vote on or before the registration deadline; and
  • Not be registered to vote in any other jurisdiction.

 How to Register: You may register online at https://voterregistration.alaska.gov/ or obtain a paper form from the same website, which can be mailed to a Regional Elections Office listed below.

You may register in-person at any Regional Election Office listed below:

Region I Elections Office

9109 Mendenhall Mall Road, Suite 3

Juneau, Alaska 99801-7136

Region II Elections Office

2525 Gambell Street, Suite 100

Anchorage, AK 99503-2838

 

Region II Elections Office

Matanuska-Susitna Elections Office

North Fork Professional Building

1700 E. Bogard Road, Suite B 102

Wasilla, AK 99654

Region III Elections Office

675 7th Avenue, Suite H3

Fairbanks, AK 99701-4542

Region IV Elections Office

Sitnasuak Building

214 Front Street, Suite 130

Nome, AK 99762

You may also register at any Division of Motor Vehicle office, a city or borough clerk’s office, participating public libraries, tribal government offices, or any of several other public offices. See http://www.elections.alaska.gov/Core/wheretoregister.php.

Note that you may have already been automatically registered to vote if you applied for a Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) in 2018.  Accordingly, you should check if you are registered at https://myvoterinformation.alaska.gov or call 1-866-OUR-VOTE if you applied for a PFD.

Identification Required for Registration:

 If you have a valid Alaska driver’s license or state ID card, you may register to vote online at:  https://voterregistration.alaska.gov/.

 If you are registering to vote by mail, by fax, by email, or in person your identity must be verified either at the time you register or the first time you vote.  If you would like to ensure that your identity is verified at the time you register, submit a copy of one of the below:

  • current and valid photo identification;
  • driver’s license;
  • passport;
  • state identification card;
  • birth certificate; or
  • hunting or fishing license

Any one of these forms of identification can be used as identification to vote at the polls, as detailed below.

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Voting Early & by Absentee Ballot

If You Want to Vote Early

You can vote early beginning 15 days (i.e., Monday, August 3, 2020 for the 2020 Primary Election and Monday, October 19, 2020 for the 2020 General Election) before an election day, at the Regional Election Office for your district, which can be located at http://www.elections.alaska.gov/Core/contactregionalelectionsoffices.php.  You can also vote early at locations and times that will be made available approximately one month before the election at http://www.elections.alaska.gov/Core/AIPEVEvents.php.

2020 Primary Absentee Early and In- Person Voting Locations: https://www.elections.alaska.gov/Core/avolocationsp.php

Times, dates and district ballots may vary depending on the location and/or community but are detailed in the link above. Early voting is only available at certain absentee voting locations where the division can establish a secure connection with the voter registration database system. Early voting is available in Juneau, Soldotna, Anchorage, Wasilla, Fairbanks and Nome at designated locations.

If You Want to Vote Absentee

Any qualified voter registered in Alaska may vote absentee. Alaska is a no excuse absentee voting state.

You can vote absentee in-person beginning 15 days before an election day, at any Regional Election Office.  You can also vote absentee in-person at locations and times that will be made available approximately one month before the election at http://www.elections.alaska.gov/Core/AIPEVEvents.php. Absentee in person voting is available at all voting locations. When voting absentee in-person, the voter’s eligibility to vote in the election is verified after voting. The voter will be asked to complete an outer envelope with the voter’s information and after voting the voter’s ballot will be placed in a secrecy sleeve and then sealed and secured inside the envelope. The voted ballot will be returned to the voter’s regional elections office and the voter’s eligibility to vote in the election is verified by a bi-partisan review board. The voter’s information provided on the outside of the envelope will be used to update the voter’s registration information (if applicable) or register the voter to vote. Absentee in-person voting is available at all absentee voting locations for all state conducted elections.

2020 Primary Absentee Early and In- Person Voting Locations: https://www.elections.alaska.gov/Core/avolocationsp.php

You can vote absentee by mail by requesting an absentee ballot by completing the form here, http://www.elections.alaska.gov/doc/forms/C06%20ADL_R.pdf, and sending it to the Absentee and Petition Office, at 2525 Gambell Street, Suite 105, Anchorage, Alaska 99503-2838, by fax ((907) 677-9943; (907) 270-2780 or  (855) 677-9943 (toll-free within the U.S. only)) or by email to [email protected] (attached as a PDF, TIFF or JPEG file).  Voters can also use the Online Ballot Application (https://absenteeballotapplication.alaska.gov/AbsenteeRegistration/RegistrationDetails?haveValidAKDL=true) but must have a valid Alaska Driver’s License or State ID to use this option.  If a voter does not have a computer, they can contact the Division of Elections at 907-465-4611 or 1-866-952-8683 to request a paper application.

Voters can apply beginning January 1st of each year. If you are a qualified registered voter and do not have any changes to your registration record, the application for a by-mail ballot must be received by the Division of Elections 10 days before an election day (i.e., August 8, 2020 for the 2020 Primary Election and October 24, 2020 for the 2020 General Election).  If you need to initially register to vote or need to update your residence address, name or party affiliation, the application must be received or postmarked 30 days before an election day (i.e., July 19, 2020 for the 2020 Primary Election and October 4, 2020 for the 2020 General Election).  In a presidential election, you may register to vote and participate in the presidential race so long as your completed application and any supporting documentation is received 10 days before an election day (i.e., August 8, 2020 for the 2020 Primary Election and October 24, 2020 for the 2020 General Election).

By-Mail Ballot Delivery:

The Election Division will send you a ballot package approximately 25 days prior to each Primary and General Election.  After you complete the ballot package, you must return it by mail postmarked on or before an election day and received by the Division of Elections within 10 days after election day (i.e., by August 28, 2020 for the 2020 Primary Election and November 13, 2020 for the 2020 General Election).

By-Fax Ballot Delivery:

You may apply for a by-fax delivery ballot for the August 18, 2020 Primary Election and the November 3, 2020 General Election beginning 15 days prior to each election (i.e., Monday, August 3, 2020 for the 2020 Primary Election and Monday, October 19, 2020 for the 2020 General Election). The deadline to receive absentee electronic transmission ballot applications is 5:00 pm Alaska Standard Time on Monday August 17, 2020 for the 2020 Primary Election and Monday, November 2, 2020 for the 2020 General Election.

  • Online Absentee Ballot Application (you must have a valid Alaska Driver’s License or State ID to use this option): https://absenteeballotapplication.alaska.gov/
  • Complete the PDF fillable form, print it and sign the application. The signature must be handwritten. You may fax ((907) 677-9943; (907) 270-2780 or (855) 677-9943 (toll-free within the U.S. only)) or email a PDF or JPEG of the application to the Alaska Division of Elections to [email protected].
  • You will be faxed a ballot, a Voter Certificate and Identification sheet and instructions. Complete the ballot package and return the ballot by mail or fax.
  • By Mail: You will be provided with instructions and address information to return your voted ballot and completed Voter Certificate and Identification Sheet. The return ballot must be postmarked on or before an election day and received by the Division of Elections within 10 days after election day (e., by August 28, 2020 for the 2020 Primary Election and November 13, 2020 for the 2020 General Election).
  • By Fax: You will be provided with instructions and a return fax number to return your voted ballot and Voter Certificate and Identification Sheet. BOTH Voter Certificate and Identification Sheet and the ballot must be received on or before 8:00 p.m. Alaska Standard Time on Election Day. When returning a ballot by fax, you are voluntarily waiving your right to a secret ballot and are assuming the risk that a faulty transmission may occur.
  • Online Ballot Delivery
  • You may apply for an online delivery ballot for the August 18, 2020 Primary Election and the November 3, 2020 General Election beginning 15 days prior to each election (e., Monday, August 3, 2020 for the 2020 Primary Election and Monday, October 19, 2020 for the 2020 General Election). The deadline to receive absentee electronic transmission ballot applications is 5:00 pm Alaska Standard Time on Monday August 17, 2020 for the 2020 Primary Election and Monday, November 2, 2020 for the 2020 General Election.
  • Online Absentee Ballot Application (you must have a valid Alaska Driver’s License or State ID to use this option): https://absenteeballotapplication.alaska.gov/
  • Complete the PDF fillable form, print it and sign the application. The signature must be handwritten. You may fax ((907) 677-9943; (907) 270-2780 or (855) 677-9943 (toll-free within the U.S. only)) or email a PDF or JPEG of the application to the Alaska Division of Elections to [email protected].
  • You will be emailed a notification of ballot availability and instructions. Open the link to the website that will be provided in your email and follow the instructions provided in the email. In addition, the system instructions will guide you through the online system. You should log into the online system and vote your ballot by selecting the choices on the computer screen. At the end of voting, you will be prompted by your computer to download the voted ballot. After opening, you will print your ballot, and choose the method by which to return the ballot. Upon selecting, you will be prompted to download a PDF file of your Voter Certificate and Identification Sheet and other voting materials to be used to return your ballot. Sign the Voter Certificate and Identification Sheet in the presence of your witness and provide at least one identifier. You may return the ballot by mail or by fax.
  • By Mail: Print the foldable secrecy sleeve, your ballot and the return mailing envelope provided in the PDF file. The return ballot envelope must be postmarked on or before an election day and received by the Division of Elections within 10 days after election day (e., by August 28, 2020 for the 2020 Primary Election and November 13, 2020 for the 2020 General Election).
  • By Fax: You will print the fax instructions provided in your PDF file to follow to return your ballot by fax. BOTH Voter Certificate and Identification Sheet and the ballot must be received on or before 8:00 p.m. Alaska Standard Time on Election Day. When returning a ballot by fax, you are voluntarily waiving your right to a secret ballot and are assuming the risk that a faulty transmission may occur.

Voted ballots can be delivered to any Division of Elections office or any voting location.

Vote By Mail Ballot Drop Boxes:

  • Fairbanks, Alaska: 675 7th Avenue
  • Soldotna, Alaska: Kenai Peninsula Borough 144 N Binkley Street
  • Anchorage, Alaska: 2525 Gambell Street
  • Wasilla, Alaska: 1700 E Bogard Road

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Identification Requirements

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

Before being allowed to vote, you must present to the election official one of the following forms of identification:

  • An official voter registration card;
  • A driver’s license;
  • A state identification card;
  • A current and valid photo identification;
  • A birth certificate;
  • A passport;
  • A hunting or fishing license; or
  • A current original or copy of one of the following items, which must show the name and current address of the voter:
  • A utility bill;
  • A bank statement;
  • A paycheck;
  • A government check;
  • Or another government document.

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If You Have Moved Within Your State

Moving within the Same Precinct

If you have moved within the same precinct, the voter should go to the appropriate polling place for that precinct.  To locate your polling place call 1-888-383-8683, or in Anchorage call 907-269-8683, or you may look up your voting record to obtain your polling place location using the Voter Search online option at https://myvoterinformation.alaska.gov/.  If the voter registration list still lists your old address, you will be asked to update your registration.  If the updated address is within the precinct, then you must be permitted to vote. However, you will be required to vote a questioned ballot so election officials can capture your new address to update the voter registration database.

Moving Between Counties

If you have moved to a different precinct in the same House District, and you have not obtained a transfer of your registration 30 days or more before Election Day, you should vote a questioned ballot in the precinct where you reside.  You will have an opportunity to update your address information at the time you complete your questioned ballot.

If you have recently moved to a different House District and have not obtained a transfer of your registration 30 days or more before Election Day, you should vote a questioned ballot where you reside.  However, if you move from one House District to another, you must reside in the new House District for at least 30 days in order to vote there.  If you have not resided in the new district for at least 30 days, then you are qualified to vote by absentee ballot in the house district in which you formerly resided if you lived in that house district for at least 30 days before changing residence.  In such a case, you may vote only for (1) statewide ballot measures and questions; (2) candidates for federal or statewide offices; (3) candidates for the state senate if your current and former residence are in the same senate district; and (4) candidates for judicial retention if your current and former residence are in the same judicial district.

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If You Are in the Military or Are an Overseas Voter

Registering and Requesting an Absentee Ballot

If you want to apply for an absentee ballot and need to initially register to vote or update your registration voter record, you may use Absentee Ballot Application to register to vote or update your record while simultaneously applying for a ballot.

You can vote absentee by requesting an absentee ballot by completing the Absentee Ballot Application and sending it by mail, fax or online delivery.  See  http://www.elections.alaska.gov/Core/militaryandoverseasvoters.php for information on how to send the Absentee Ballot Application .  If you are a qualified registered voter and do not have any changes to your registration record, the by-mail application must be received by the Division of Elections 10 days before an election day (or if you use online delivery or by-fax methods, your completed application must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. Alaska Standard Time the day prior to an election day). If you need to initially register to vote or need to update your residence address, name or party affiliation, the application must be received or postmarked 30 days before an election day.  The Election Division will send you a ballot package.

You must provide an Alaska residence address. You may maintain your Alaska residence address as it currently appears on your voting record or the address you resided at prior to leaving Alaska. When providing a residence address, it must be within Alaska.  When initially registering to vote from outside the state of Alaska, you must provide proof of Alaska residency by submitting a copy of one of the following documents with your absentee ballot application:

  • current and valid photo identification;
  • driver’s license;
  • passport;
  • state identification card;
  • birth certificate; or
  • hunting or fishing license

Receiving an Absentee Ballot

Once you receive an absentee ballot and complete it, you must return it by mail to the Absentee and Petition Office, at 2525 Gambell Street, Suite 105, Anchorage, Alaska 99503-2838.  The absentee ballot must be postmarked on or before an election day. If using the by-fax option, the absentee ballot and Voter Certificate and Identification sheet must be received on or before 8:00 p.m. Alaska Standard Time on an election day.

Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

The Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (“FWAB”) is an alternative ballot for overseas and uniformed service voters who have applied for a state ballot to be sent to them but have not received the ballot. The FWAB is a blank ballot that allows you to write in your choices.  If all three of the below statements are true, you are eligible to use the FWAB:

·       You are an overseas voter or an active military member, merchant marine, eligible spouse or dependent.

·       You sent in a registration/ballot request to receive a by-mail ballot by your state deadline.

·       Your by-mail ballot has not yet arrived.

You can obtain a FWAB at https://www.overseasvotefoundation.org/vote/home.htm or https://www.fvap.gov/.

 

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If You Have a Felony Conviction

Alaska law does not permit a person to vote if she/he has been convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude or is on probation (parole) for the same crime, unless he/she has been unconditionally discharged from custody and no longer on parole or probation for that conviction.  If you have been convicted of a crime of moral turpitude then unconditionally discharged from custody, you must re-apply to register to vote.

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