Voting in Alaska

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Alaska permits early voting and no-excuse absentee voting. Early voting begins 15 days before an election, later than the national average of 21 days before in states that permit it. Alaska does not have a system for online voter registration, although Alaskans can fill out the form online and print it to mail in.

For full information about voting in Alaska, contact the state election agency.

Registration

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.[1]

To register to vote in Alaska, a citizen must provide one of the following forms of identification with his or her application:[2]

  • current and valid photo identification;
  • driver's license;
  • passport;
  • state identification card; or
  • birth certificate.[3]

—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:[2]

  • 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

Online registration

See also: Online voter registration in the 50 states

As of April 2015, Alaska is one of 30 states that have not implemented full online voter registration.

Voting on Election Day

Voter identification

See also: Voter identification laws by state

Identification is required to vote on Election Day.[4]

The following documents may be used for identification:

  • voter ID card, driver's license, state ID card, or military ID card;
  • passport, hunting or fishing license; or
  • other current or valid photo identification.

a citizen may also present one of the following forms of identification if it includes his or her name and current address:

  • current utility bill or pay check;
  • government check or bank statement; or
  • other government issued document.[3]

—State of Alaska Division of Elections

Poll times

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.[5]

Absentee voting

See also: Absentee voting

Eligibility

All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Alaska. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.[6]

Deadlines

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.[6] 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.[7]

Military and overseas voting

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

Early voting

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.[8] 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.

Election policy ballot measures

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See also: Elections and campaigns on the ballot and List of Alaska ballot measures

Ballotpedia has tracked the following ballot measures relating to election and campaign policy in Alaska.

  1. Alaska Automatic Runoff Voting Initiative, Measure 1 (August 2002)
  2. Alaska Campaign Finance Reform Initiative, Measure 1 (August 2006)
  3. Alaska Clean Elections, Measure 3 (August 2008)
  4. Alaska Replacement of U.S. Senators Initiative, Measure 4 (2004)
  5. Alaska Residence Requirement to Vote for President, SJR 1 (August 1966)
  6. Alaska Voter Registration Veto Referendum (1968)
  7. Alaska Votes on Constitutional Amendments, Amendment 1 (August 1974)

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