Voting in Alaska
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For full information about voting in Alaska, contact your state election agency.
Alaska uses a semi-closed primary system in which the state's political parties decide who may vote in their primary elections. The Alaska Democratic Party, Alaska Libertarian Party and Alaskan Independence Party allow any registered voters to vote in their primary elections. The Alaska Republican Party allows only registered Republicans, nonpartisan or undeclared voters.
To register to vote in Alaska, you must provide one of the following forms of identification with your application:
—State of Alaska Division of Elections
When and where
The deadline for registration is 30 days before the election. Registration can be done through any of the following means:
- A partially-online Voter Registration Application located on the Division of Elections website
- A printed Voter Registration Application
- In person at any Division of Elections office, before a registration official, through a voter registration agency, or at the Division of Motor Vehicles
As of March 2015, Alaska is one of 30 states that have not implemented full online voter registration.
Voting on Election Day
- See also: Voter identification laws by state
Identification is required to vote on Election Day.
The following documents may be used for identification:
You may also present one of the following forms of identification if it includes your name and current address:
—State of Alaska Division of Elections
- See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times
In Alaska all polling places are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Alaska Time.
Alaska is divided between the Alaska time zone and the Hawaii-Aleutian time zone.
- See also: Absentee voting
All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Alaska. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.
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. 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.
Military and overseas voting
For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.
- 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. 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.
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Elections in Alaska
- Alaska elections, 2016
- Alaska elections, 2015
- Alaska elections, 2014
- Alaska elections, 2013
- Alaska elections, 2012
- State of Alaska Division of Elections Website, "Primary Election Information," accessed January 2, 2014
- State of Alaska Division of Elections, "Voter Registration Information," accessed June 9, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- State of Alaska Division of Elections, "Voting at the Polls on Election Day," accessed June 9, 2014
- State of Alaska Division of Elections, "Hours Polls Open," accessed January 3, 2014
- State of Alaska Division of Elections Website, "Vote By Mail," accessed December 18, 2013
- State of Alaska Division of Elections, "Voting by Electronic Transmission," accessed December 18, 2013
- State of Alaska Division of Elections, "Absentee Early and In-person Voting," accessed December 18, 2013
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