Alaska

Upcoming Elections

2024-07-21 – Registration Deadline (Online by)

Online by Sun Jul 21, 2024

2024-07-21 – Registration Deadline (In-Person – Received by)

In-Person, Received by Sun Jul 21, 2024

2024-07-21 – Registration Deadline (Postmarked by)

Postmarked by Sun Jul 21, 2024

2024-07-21 – Registration Deadline (Email or Fax by)

Email or Fax by Sun Jul 21, 2024

2024-08-05 – In Person Absentee Ballot Voting

From Mon Aug 5, 2024 to Tue Aug 20, 2024

2024-08-05 – Early Voting

From Mon Aug 5, 2024 to Tue Aug 20, 2024

2024-08-10 – Ballot Request Deadline (Request for Postal Ballot by)

Request for Postal Ballot by Sat Aug 10, 2024

2024-08-19 – Ballot Request Deadline (Request for Online or Fax Ballot by)

Request for Online or Fax Ballot by Mon Aug 19, 2024 5:00PM

2024-08-20 – Ballot Return Deadline (Email, Online or Fax by)

Email, Online or Fax by Tue Aug 20, 2024

2024-08-30 – Ballot Return Deadline (Postmarked by ED + Post received by)

Postmarked On or Before Election Day and Received by Fri Aug 30, 2024

Last updated: February 2024

Voting in Alaska

When You Can Vote

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

Where You Can Vote

The voter can identify their polling place location at:

The voter should go to their assigned polling place in order to vote a regular ballot-otherwise, they will have to vote a questioned (provisional) ballot.

Anchorage ONLY: voting centers at https://muniorg.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=218a434eff2c42b49e06932d56d2e862 

Register to Vote

Registration Deadlines

  • For registration deadlines, see How to Register below.

How to Check Your Registration: Voters can determine whether they are registered to vote at the following link: Am I Registered?.

You are eligible to vote in Alaska if you:

  • Are a U.S. citizen
  • Are at least 18 years old by Election Day
  • Have been a state resident for at least 30 days prior to the election
  • Live in the precinct where you vote for at least 30 days prior to the election

You are NOT eligible to vote in Alaska if:

  • You are a convicted felon involving moral turpitude, unless your voting rights have been restored.
  • You are registered to vote in another state

For further information, please see US Vote’s [Alaska Ex-offender and Misdemeanor Voting Rights](https://www.usvotefoundation.org/ex-off-voting-rights/alaska/) page.

Restorative Requirements

  • If you were convicted of a felony of moral turpitude and have completed your sentence, including probation or parole, you must get documentation of completion from your probation or parole officer. Provide the documentation to the Division of Elections and then register to vote.

You may preregister to vote in Alaska

  • as of 90 days prior to your 18th birthday

How to register 

  • Alaska State Primary
    • Apply Online: Online by Sun Jul 21, 2024
    • Submit a Printed Application: Postmarked by Sun Jul 21, 2024
    • In-Person, Received by Sun Jul 21, 2024
    • Email or Fax by Sun Jul 21, 2024

Registration deadline: 30 days before Election Day.  If within 30 days, can register for Presidential/Vice Presidential election race only.

Can check registration status online https://myvoterinformation.alaska.gov/  or by contacting the Division of Elections  https://www.elections.alaska.gov/contact-information/ 

To be eligible to vote, a person must: 

  • be a US citizen, 
  • 18 years old by Election Day, 
  • Alaska resident for at least 30 days prior to Election Day,
  • Have registered to vote 30 days before Election Day, and 
  • Are not registered to vote in another jurisdiction.  

A person IS eligible to vote in the Presidential/Vice Presidential election race if they meet all requirements except for the 30-day voter registration deadline.

Alaska residents who have a felony conviction involving moral turpitude and are incarcerated or still on probation/parole are not eligible to vote.

17-year-olds can pre-register to vote 90 days before their 18th birthday.

AK residents may register or update their registration ONLINE, IN PERSON, OR BY MAIL:

Voting Early & by Absentee Ballot

If You Want to Vote Absentee, requests may be made:

  • In-Person
  • By Mail
  • By Fax

Absentee Ballots may be returned:

  • In-Person
  • By Mail
  • By Fax
Alaska State Primary

Ballot Request:

  • Request for Postal Ballot by Sat Aug 10, 2024
  • Request for Online or Fax Ballot by Mon Aug 19, 2024 5:00PM

Ballot Return:

  • Email, Online or Fax by Tue Aug 20, 2024
  • Postmarked On or Before Election Day and Received by Fri Aug 30, 2024

An Absentee ballot can be requested:

  • By Email: download and complete the application, then email it as a PDF, TIFF, or JPEG to file to akabsentee@alaska.gov
  • By FAX: download and complete the application, then fax it to the Absentee and Petition Office at 907-677-9943 or 855-677-9943 (toll-free within the U.S.)
  • In-Person: visit any Division of Elections office to fill out application.

Deadlines to Request Absentee Ballot:

A mailed application request for an absentee ballot must be received:

  • by the Division of Elections 10 days before Election Day for a registered voter;
  • 30 days before Election Day for an absentee ballot application that also serves to register the voter (if voter misses this deadline, they can still request the ballot for the purposes of voting for the Presidential/Vice-Presidential election race).
  • 45 days before Election Day for a voter who expects to be living, working, or traveling in a remote area of the state during the 15 days before and through Election Day.

An electronic request for an absentee ballot must be received by the Division of Elections 5:00 p.m. the day before Election Day.
Anchorage ONLY: voters must first call the voter Hotline at 907-243-8683 to request an “Application to vote by fax or email.”

Ways to Return Absentee Ballots and Deadlines:

Early voting and in-person absentee voting locations will be released June 1st, begin checking  Alaska Division of Elections – Early and In-Person Absentee Voting Locations approximately 1 month before Election Day for most up to date information. Early Voting and In-Person Absentee voting begins 15 days prior to Election Day.

Identification Requirements

Voter Registration

To register to vote in Alaska you should provide one of the following:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your Alaska Driver’s License Number
  • Your Alaska ID Number
  • Last Four Digits of your Social Security Number

If you are registering to vote for the first time by mail, you will need to provide proof of identity. Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Alaska ID Card
  • Current and Valid Photo ID
  • Valid US Passport
  • Valid Alaska Driver’s License except one issued to an individual that is not a United States citizen
  • Birth Certificate
  • Hunting or Fishing ID

You can alternatively show one of these documents when you vote to complete your registration. When emailing, please attach direct copies. Google Docs cannot be accepted.

Voting In-Person

In Alaska, you need to show a valid ID to vote. You can use any ID from this list:

  • Valid US Passport
  • Valid Alaska Voter ID Card
  • Valid Military ID
  • Valid Alaska Driver’s License
  • Hunting or Fishing ID
  • Valid Alaska Issued ID
  • Current and Valid Photo ID

If you do not have an ID from the above list, in Alaska additional, acceptable forms of ID which have your current address include:

  • Current Utility Bill
  • Paycheck that Shows your Name and Address
  • A Government Issued Document that shows your Current Name and Address
  • Government Check
  • Bank Statement

You may be asked to vote a questioned ballot if your name is not on the precinct register, your residence address has changed, you do not have identification, you already voted according to the precinct register, or an observer challenges your qualifications to vote.

ID Requirements for Voter Registration:

  • Online: valid AK driver’s license or state ID card, and the information being entered must match the information on DMV record.
  • In Person: driver’s license, state ID card, current and valid photo ID, birth certificate, US passport, or a hunting/fishing license. A registration official who knows the applicant’s identity may waive the identification requirement.
  • By Mail (including fax/email): social security number, AK driver’s license or state ID card. If a voter doesn’t have those, they may send a copy (if electronically, in the form of an attachment) of: current and valid photo ID, birth certificate, US passport, or a hunting/fishing license. Identification requirement can NOT be waived for first-time voters.

ID Requirements to Vote:

  • official voter registration card, or
  • driver’s license/state ID, or
  • current and valid photo ID, or
  • birth certificate, or
  • US passport, or
  • hunting/fishing license, or
  • one of the following that shows the name and current address of the voter:
    • an original/copy of current utility bill, or
    • bank statement, or
    • paycheck, or
    • government paycheck, or
    • other government document    

Any voter who shows up in person on Election Day without ID must be allowed to vote a “questioned” (provisional) ballot.

If You Have Moved Within Your State

Regardless of whether the move is within the same precinct or to an entirely different part of Alaska, a qualified voter will have two options to vote if they missed the 30-day registration deadline to update their new address:

IN PERSON AT THE NEW LOCATION/POLLING PLACE: 

Sign the questioned ballot register, vote a questioned ballot with the updated address to update registration. The Review Board will determine for which races the questioned ballot can be counted:

  • All statewide measures and questions, federal and state candidates for statewide offices, and Presidential/Vice Presidential election races WILL COUNT.
  • Move within the same state senate, house, and judicial district where the voter was previously registered WILL COUNT.
  • Move to a different state senate, house, or judicial district, then those specific election races WILL NOT COUNT. 

VOTE BY ABSENTEE BALLOT:

Apply for an absentee ballot by mail up to 10 days before Election Day, or by electronic request by 5:00 p.m. the day before Election Day with an updated address. If the move has occurred within 30 days of Election Day, then the following ballot races can be counted: 

  • All statewide measures and questions, federal and state candidates for statewide offices, and the Presidential/Vice Presidential election race WILL COUNT.
  • Move within the same state senate, house, and judicial district where the voter was previously registered WILL COUNT.
  • Move to a different state senate, house, or judicial district, then those specific election races WILL NOT COUNT. 

Move from a different state within 30 days of Election Day: Can vote a questioned ballot for the Presidential/Vice Presidential election race ONLY

If You Are in the Military or Are an Overseas Voter

Voting Military

Service members and their dependents may register and request a ballot using the federal voter registration/ballot request form (“FPCA”). You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number
  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID
  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID

Voting Overseas

U.S. citizens living overseas may register and request a ballot using the overseas voter registration/ballot request form. You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID
  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID
  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number

Registration Options:

Registration Deadline: 30 days before Election Day. If the deadline is missed, can still register and vote for the Presidential/Vice Presidential election race ONLY.

Simultaneous Registration and Absentee Ballot Application:

Registration Deadline: 30 days before Election Day. If the deadline is missed, can still register and vote for the Presidential/Vice Presidential election race ONLY.

Absentee Ballot Voting Options:

Beginning January 1, the voter can apply and request an absentee ballot to be delivered via mail, fax, or email. Absentee ballot requests by mail must be RECEIVED no later than 10 days before Election Day; Absentee ballot requests by fax/email for online delivery must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. AKST the day before Election Day

Return of Ballot:  

  • Ballot must be signed with at least one identifier in the presence of a witness, who must then also sign the ballot envelope.
  • BY MAIL: Add correct first-class postage.  Must be postmarked by 8:00 p.m. Election Day. For assistance, go to Division Contact Information to get address, phone, and fax number.
  • BY FAX: Follow instructions provided. Must be RECEIVED BY 8:00 p.m AKST Election Day at Division of Elections Office. For assistance, go to Division Contact Information to get address, phone, and fax number.
  • FEDERAL WRITE-IN ABSENTEE BALLOT (FWAB): Can use only if:
  • Overseas voter or active military member, merchant marine, eligible spouse/dependent; AND sent in a registration/ballot request to receive a mail ballot by the state deadline; AND Ballot has not yet arrived, and it is AFTER 5:00 p.m the day before Election Day.

FWAB Link: https://www.fvap.gov/r3/fwab/classification

If You Have a Felony Conviction

Misdemeanor Conviction:

  • No loss of voting rights regardless of incarceration status
  • Check registration status or to register at: https://myvoterinformation.alaska.gov/ 
  • Request absentee ballot from administration officials at complex if incarcerated.

Felony Conviction “Not of Moral Turpitude:”

  • No loss of voting rights regardless of incarceration status
  • Check registration status or to register at: https://myvoterinformation.alaska.gov/ 
  • Request absentee ballot from administration officials at complex if incarcerated.

Felony Conviction “With Moral Turpitude*:”

  • Loss of voting rights whether confined, on probation, or parole.
  • Upon unconditional discharge from custody, must have documentation of completion from probation/parole officer before being allowed to re-register to vote.

*“Felony involving moral turpitude” includes those crimes that are immoral or wrong in themselves such as murder, manslaughter, assault, sexual assault, sexual abuse of a minor, unlawful exploitation of a minor, robbery, extortion, coercion, kidnapping, incest, arson, burglary, theft, forgery, criminal possession of a forgery device, offering a false instrument for recording, scheme to defraud, falsifying business records, commercial bribe receiving, commercial bribery, bribery, receiving a bribe, perjury, perjury by inconsistent statements, endangering the welfare of a minor, escape, promoting contraband, interference with official proceedings, receiving a bribe by a witness or a juror, jury tampering, misconduct by a juror, tampering with physical evidence, hindering prosecution, terroristic threatening, riot, criminal possession of explosives, unlawful furnishing of explosives, sex trafficking, criminal mischief, misconduct involving a controlled substance or an imitation controlled substance, permitting an escape, promoting gambling, possession of gambling records, distribution of child pornography, and possession of child pornography.  AS 15.80.010(10)

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