Alaska

Upcoming Elections

2022-07-17 – Registration Deadline (Received by)

Received by Sun Jul 17, 2022

2022-08-01 – In Person Absentee Ballot Voting From

Mon Aug 1, 2022

2022-08-06 – Ballot Request Deadline (Request for Postal Ballot by)

Request for Postal Ballot by Sat Aug 6, 2022 5:00PM AKDT

2022-08-16 – In Person Absentee Ballot Voting To

Tue Aug 16, 2022

2022-08-16 – Ballot Return Deadline (Postmarked by)

Postmarked by Tue Aug 16, 2022

2022-08-16 – Ballot Return Deadline (Email, Online or Fax by)

Email, Online or Fax by Tue Aug 16, 2022 8:00PM AKDT

2022-08-26 – Ballot Return Deadline (Post received by)

Post received by Fri Aug 26, 2022

Last updated: March 2022

Voting in Alaska

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., August 1, 2022 for the 2022 Primary 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.

Where You Can Vote

How to Find Your Polling Place

You can identify your polling location at https://myvoterinformation.alaska.gov

Register to Vote

Registration Deadlines

  • The voter registration deadline for the Alaska State Primary Election is Received by Sun Jul 17, 2022.

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 a resident of Alaska
  • Are at least 18 years old by Election Day
  • 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 registered to vote in another state
  • You are a convicted felon involving moral turpitude, unless your voting rights have been restored.

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.

You may preregister to vote in Alaska

  • as of 90 days prior to your 18th birthday

How to register 

  • Alaska State Primary Election
    • Submit an Application: Received by Sun Jul 17, 2022

Registration Deadlines: 

You must register to vote at least thirty days before the election.

Alaska law allows for same day voter registration only for the purpose of voting for President and Vice President of the United States, which does not apply in the 2022 Primary 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 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. 

Voting Early & by Absentee Ballot

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

  • In-Person
  • By Mail
  • By Fax
  • By Email
  • Online

Absentee Ballots may be returned:

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

Ballot Request:

  • Request for Postal Ballot by Sat Aug 6, 2022 5:00PM AKDT

Ballot Return:

  • Postmarked by Tue Aug 16, 2022
  • Post received by Fri Aug 26, 2022
  • Email, Online or Fax by Tue Aug 16, 2022 8:00PM AKDT

If You Want to Vote Early

You can vote early beginning 15 days before an election day (i.e., Monday, August 1, 2022 for the 2022 Primary Election) at locations identified as Early Vote Locations at https://www.elections.alaska.gov/Core/avolocationsg.php.

Times, dates and district ballots may vary depending on the location and/or community but are detailed in the link above. Early voting (i.e., casting votes that will be counted and included with election night results) is only available at locations listed as Early Vote Locations in the link above. All other locations listed offer in-person absentee voting only. In-person absentee ballots will be counted beginning the 7th day after the election.

If You Want to Vote Absentee

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

In Person:

You can vote absentee in-person beginning 15 days before an election day, at locations and times that will be made available approximately one month before the election at http://www.elections.alaska.gov/Core/AIPEVEvents.php. When voting absentee in-person, the voter’s eligibility to vote in the election is verified by the absentee voting official. The official will look up your name in the voter registration database and will verify that your registration is active and current. If your registration is active and current, the official will print off a voter certificate with your information that you will sign. You will then be given a ballot to vote that is dropped into a ballot box 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. 

By Mail:

You can vote absentee by mail by requesting an absentee ballot by completing the form here, https://www.elections.alaska.gov/doc/forms/C06A%20Fillable.pdf, and sending it to the Division of Elections, Absentee and Petition Office, at 2525 Gambell Street, Suite 105, Anchorage, Alaska 99503-2838, by fax ((907) 677-9943 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) 270-2700 or 1-877-375-6508 (toll free in the U.S.) to request a paper application.  

Voters can apply to vote absentee by mail 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 6, 2022 for the 2022 Primary 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 17, 2022 for the 2022 Primary Election).  

By-Mail Ballot Delivery:

The Election Division will send you a ballot package approximately 25 days prior to the Primary 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 26, 2022 for the 2022 Primary Election).

By-Fax Ballot Delivery:

You may apply for a by-fax delivery ballot for the August 16, 2022 Primary Election beginning 15 days prior to each election (i.e., Monday, August 1, 2022 for the 2022 Primary Election). The deadline to receive absentee electronic transmission ballot applications is 5:00 pm Alaska Standard Time on Monday, August 15, 2022 for the 2022 Primary 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 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 (i.e., by August 26, 2022 for the 2022 Primary 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 16, 2022 Primary Election beginning 15 days prior to each election (i.e., Monday, August 1, 2022 for the 2022 Primary Election). The deadline to receive absentee electronic transmission ballot applications is 5:00 pm Alaska Standard Time on Monday, August 15, 2022 for the 2022 Primary 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) 677-9943or (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  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 (i.e., by August 26, 2022 for the 2022 Primary 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.

Vote By Mail Ballot Drop Boxes:

Anchorage, AK

  • Region II Elections Office, 2525 Gambell Street 
  • City Hall, 632 West 6th Avenue 
  • O’Malley’s on the Green, 3651 O’Malley Road 
  • Begich Middle School, 7440 Creekside Center Drive 
  • Clark Middle School, 150 Bragaw St – Access from Mt. View Drive

Chugiak/Eagle River

  • Eagle River Alaska Club, 12001 Business Blvd

Fairbanks, AK

  • 675 7th Avenue

Juneau, AK

  • Region I Elections Office, 9109 Mendenhall Mall Rd

Palmer, AK

  • Mat-Su Borough, 350 E. Dahlia Avenue

Soldotna, AK

  • Kenai Peninsula Borough, 144 N. Binkley Street

Wasilla, AK

  •  Mat-Su Elections Office, 1700 E. Bogard Road
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.

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 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

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.

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 1-866-952-8683, or in Juneau call 907-465-4611, 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 Boroughs

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.

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

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, or name , 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 theFWAB

  • 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/

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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