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Alaska elections, 2012

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1 2012 Elections
2 Eligibility to Vote
2.1 Primary election
2.2 General election
3 Voting absentee
3.1 Eligibility
3.2 Deadlines
3.3 Military and overseas voting
4 Voting early
5 See also
6 References

The state of Alaska held elections in 2012. Below are the dates of note:

On the 2012 ballot Click here for all
November 6, 2012
Election Results
U.S. Senate Defeatedd Preview Article
U.S. House (1 seat) Approveda
State Executives Defeatedd N/A
State Senate (19 seats) Approveda Preview Article
State House (40 seats) Approveda
Ballot measures (4 measure) Approveda Preview Article

2012 Elections

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For election results in the 50 states, see our November 6, 2012 election results page

Elections by type

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Alaska, 2012
Members of the U.S. House from Alaska -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 0 0
     Republican Party 1 1
Total 1 1
District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
At-large Democratic Party Sharon Cissna
Republican Party Don Young
Libertarian Party Jim McDermott
Independent Ted Gianoutsos
Independent Clinton Desjarlais
Independent Fletcher G. Fuller Jr. (Write-in)
Independent Sidney I. Hill (Write-in)
Don Young Republican Party Don Young No
See also: Alaska State Senate elections, 2012
Alaska State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 10 7
     Republican Party 10 13
Total 20 20

See also: Alaska House of Representatives elections, 2012
Alaska House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 16 15
     Republican Party 24 25
Total 40 40
See also: Alaska 2012 ballot measures

August 28:

Type Title Subject Description Result
IndISS Ballot Measure 1 Taxes Act increasing the maximum residential property exemption. Approveda
IndISS Ballot Measure 2 Environment To establish a new coastal management program. Defeatedd

November 6:

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRSS Bonding Proposition A Bond issues General obligation bonds for the purpose of transportation projects. Approveda
ABR Ballot Measure 1 Constitutional conventions Would create a convention to revise, alter or amend the state constitution. Defeatedd

Eligibility to Vote


Primary election

See also: Voting in the 2012 primary elections

Alaska was one of 21 states to use a strictly closed primary system. Voters were required to register to vote in the primary by July 29, 2012, which was 30 days before the primary took place.[1] Alaska holds closed caucuses for both parties, but voters may change party affiliation at polls or caucus. (Information about registering to vote)

General election

See also: Voting in the 2012 general elections

The deadline to register to vote was 30 days prior to the election day, which in 2012 was October 7.[2]

Voting absentee

See also: Absentee Voting


All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Alaska. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.[4]


If a voter is already registered to vote, an absentee ballot application must be received by the election office at least 10 days prior to the election. If a voter has not yet registered to vote, or needs to update voter registration information, an absentee ballot application must be received at least 30 days before the election.[4] Check here for additional deadlines pertaining to specific elections.

Absentee voting can also be done electronically or by fax. The application for absentee by electronic transmission ballot can be obtained starting 15 days prior to the election up to the day preceding the election. The ballot must then be returned by election day.[5]

Military and overseas voting

For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Alaska is one of 34 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting begins 15 days before an election and ends on election day.[6] The average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.

See also