Information below last updated in Fall 2014. Please check back soon for 2015 registration dates and election information.
Polling Place Hours
Election Day: 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Beginning 15 days prior to an election, and continuing through Election Day, voters may vote:
Alaska allows same-day registration for President/Vice President. Voters who are not registered may register and vote a questioned ballot at the polls. Voters who register on Election Day may ONLY vote for President/Vice President.
You must register at least 30 days before an election to be eligible to vote in all races.
How to Check if You Are Registered
Contact your Regional Election Office.
How to Register
You may register to vote in Alaska in any of the following ways:
Using the Voter Registration Application Wizard
This feature, accessible through the Alaska Division of Elections website, uses your input to create a completed registration application for you to print and sign. You may then submit the application as described below.
Using the Voter Registration Application
Complete the application and submit it to your Regional Elections Office via mail, fax, or as an email attachment in PDF, TIFF, or JPEG format.
You may complete a Voter Registration Application in person at any DMV, Division of Elections, or voter registrar office. Click here to locate a Division of Elections office.
In order to register to vote in Alaska you must:
Identification Required for Registration
When you register to vote in person, your identity must be verified by a driver's license, state identification card, current and valid photo identification, birth certificate, passport, or hunting or fishing license. A registration official who knows the identity of the applicant may waive the identification requirement.
You must submit a copy of a form of identification with your registration application if you register via mail, fax, or email. If you are registering from outside of the state of Alaska, you should include a copy of one of the following:
If you are registering from inside the state of Alaska, you must include a copy of one of the following documents:
Alaska has absentee in-person voting, absentee by-mail/fax voting, and early voting. For specific information about each of these options, and to see if you qualify, see below:
If You Want to Vote Early or Absentee
Beginning 15 days prior to an election, and continuing through Election Day, voters may vote:
through Election Day, voters may vote:
Times and dates may vary depending on the community and you can look at the availability in your area here.
What is the difference between absentee in-person voting and early voting?
If you are voting early, your eligibility to vote is verified at the time of voting through the Division of Elections statewide voter registration system. A voter is eligible to vote early if the voter is voting at the Regional Elections Office where the voter is registered and if the voter’s registration record is active and current. Early voting is available only during Primary, General and Statewide Special Elections. Since the voter’s eligibility to vote could be verified, the voter simply signs a certificate and the voted ballot is placed directly into the ballot box.
If you are voting absentee in-person, your eligibility to vote is verified after you have been is issued a ballot. Absentee in-person voting is available at each Regional Elections Office and at many absentee voting locations throughout the state. Since the voter’s eligibility could not be verified at the time of voting, the voter’s voted ballot is placed inside an absentee voting envelope prior to being placed in the ballot box.
To vote absentee by mail, voters can apply for the ballot beginning in January of each election year. However, your application must be received no later than 10 days before Election Day.
Where can I obtain an application?
Identification Requirements to Register to Vote
As described above in the voter registration section, your identity must be verified when you register in person. Acceptable forms of ID include a driver's license, state identification card, current and valid photo identification, birth certificate, passport, or hunting or fishing license. A registration official who knows the identity of the applicant may waive the identification requirement.
If you register to vote by mail or fax, your identity must either include a copy of an acceptable form of identification (see below), or you must provide an acceptable ID the first time you vote. If you want to ensure that your identity is verified at the time you register, submit a copy of one of the below:
If you are an Alaska resident initially registering to vote from outside the State of Alaska, you must provide proof of your Alaska residency, such as a copy of your current Alaska driver's license, hunting or fishing license, student loan documents, proof of employment in Alaska, or military leave and earning statement.
Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot
When entering your polling place, the election worker will ask you for a piece of identification. 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:
After presenting identification, you will sign your name on the precinct register. When doing this, check your residence address listed. If your residence address is incorrect, tell the election worker and vote a questioned ballot. This will allow the Division of Elections to update your voter registration record with your correct residence address.
If you do not have identification or your name does not appear on the precinct register, you must vote a questioned ballot.
When updating your registration information, in order for your change to be in effect for an election, your request must be received or postmarked 30 days before an election. To update registration, a voter must fill out a voter registration application. To fill out an application online, or for more information on how to receive an application, visit the Division of Election's registration page.
If you did not update your registration and you moved to a new address that is covered by the same polling place as your old address, you will only be able to vote a questioned ballot after confirming your change of address at the polling place. This is true regardless of how close to the election you moved.
Moving Within the Same District to a Different Precinct
If you move to a new address within the same state house district but in a different polling place, you can vote a questioned ballot at the polling place associated with your new address. Your questioned ballot will be counted if your registration and voter qualifications can be verified, you signed the voter certification, and you provided identification at the polling place.
Moving to a Different District
If you move to a new address in a different state house district, you can vote by absentee ballot in your old house district as long as you resided in the previous house district at least thirty days. If you are in this circumstance, you may only vote on certain issues, such as statewide ballot measures and questions, candidates for federal or statewide offices, and in some cases, other races.
Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), also known as Standard Form 76, to register to vote and to request an absentee ballot. Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) Alaska-specific FPCA page.
Military and overseas citizens can send and receive voting materials by fax and email. If you wish to use the fax or email options, you must indicate this on your FPCA. Instructions for doing so are found on the FVAP's Alaska-specific FPCA page.
Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) if they are concerned with receiving their printed ballot and returning it by the 7:00 p.m., Election Day deadline. The FWAB is a blank ballot on which voters write-in their choices. The FWAB may also be used to register to vote and to apply for the absentee ballot, all in one step. If the FWAB is being used to register to vote, it must be received by the voter registration deadline. For specific instructions, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's Alaska-specific FWAB page.
A convicted felon may vote after the unconditional release from their conviction (i.e., completion of all terms of probation and parole). Upon completion of one's sentence, formerly convicted felons must re-register in order to vote, and provide documentation of their unconditional release (e.g., notification of completion of parole).
For more information on re-registering, visit the Division of Elections page.
If you want to to inquire about status of conviction contact the Department of Corrections- Probation and Parole website or by phone 907-465-4652 (Juneau Office) 907-269-7397 (Anchorage Office).
For more information for voters with mental disabilities, visit The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law and National Disability Rights Network’s document: “Voting Rights Guide for People with Mental Disabilities.”
Information provided by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights
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