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Trump and Pence: this Pew report proves our voter fraud claims. Actual report: nope.
12/07/16 |
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 12:30
Excerpt: 

The report isn’t even about voter fraud; it’s about the technical aspects of voter registration systems, and how America could save money by upgrading how it registers voters. ...

There have been multiple investigations into voter fraud. None of them have found serious evidence of anything close to millions of people voting illegally.

One analysis focused just on voter impersonation, the type of fraud that strict voter ID laws (which Trump supports) aim to curtail. Tracking credible allegations of this type of fraud, Loyola Law School professor Justin Levitt found 35 total credible allegations between 2000 and 2014 [out of a total of 1 billion ballots cast]. ...

A 2012 investigation by the News21 journalism project looked at all kinds of voter fraud, including voter impersonation, people voting twice, vote buying, absentee fraud, and voter intimidation. It confirmed that voter impersonation was extremely rare, with just 10 credible cases. ...

Putting all of this together, the evidence is clear: Voter fraud is extremely rare. It doesn’t add up to the millions in one election, as Trump claimed. In fact, it doesn’t even add up to the thousands in a single election. So Trump really lost the popular vote fair and square.

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Upcoming Elections in Your State

2016 General Election: November 8, 2016

Voter Registration Deadline: October 9, 2016

For more information, visit the Alaska State Division of Elections website.

Election Day:

The polls open on Election Day, November 8, 2016, at 7:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m. local time for the particular polling station.

Alaska allows early voting, which begins on October 24, 2016.  The times early voting is open at particular polling locations will be available on October 4, 2016 here.

How to Find Your Polling Place:

You can identify your polling location here.

REGISTER TO VOTE HERE

Already registered? Verify your voter registration status.


Registration Deadlines:

You must register to vote at least thirty days before the election, by October 9, 2016.

How to Check Your Registration: You can confirm whether you are registered to vote here 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, 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.  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 is not registered to vote in any other jurisdiction. 

How to Register: You may register online here or obtain a paper form from the same website, which can be mailed to a Regional Elections Office listed below.

You may register in-person at any Regional Election Office listed below:

Region I Elections Office

9109 Mendenhall Mall Road, Suite 3

Juneau, Alaska 99801-7136

Region II Elections Office

2525 Gambell Street, Suite 100

Anchorage, AK 99503-2838

 

Region II Elections Office

Matanuska-Susitna Elections Office

North Fork Professional Building

1700 E. Bogard Road, Suite B 102

Wasilla, AK 99654

Region III Elections Office

675 7th Avenue, Suite H3

Fairbanks, AK 99701-4542

Region IV Elections Office

Nome State Office Building

103 Front Street, Suite 230

Nome, AK 99762

 

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.

Identification Required for Registration: To register to vote if you currently reside outside Alaska, you need one of the following forms of identification in your name:

  • current Alaska driver’s license or state identification;
  • current Alaska hunting or fishing license;
  • proof of Alaska student loan and college tuition showing Alaska as state of residency;
  • military leave and earning statement indicating Alaska as place of residence;
  • proof of employment in Alaska indicating date of employment; or
  • other documentation that supports your claim as an Alaska resident.

To register to vote from inside Alaska, you need one of the following forms of identification:

  • current and valid photo identification;
  • driver’s license;
  • passport;
  • state identification card; or
  • birth certificate.

Any one of these forms of identification can be used as identification to vote at the polls, as detailed below.

If You Want to Vote Early

You can vote early beginning on October 24, 2016, at the Regional Election Office for your district, which can be located here.  You can also vote early at locations and times that will be made available on October 4, 2016 here.

If You Want to Vote Absentee

Any qualified voter registered in Alaska may vote absentee. 

You can vote absentee in-person beginning on October 24, 2016, at any Regional Election Office.  You can also vote absentee in-person at locations and times that will be made available in September 2016 here

You can vote absentee by mail by requesting an absentee ballot by completing the form here, and sending it to the Absentee and Petition Office, at 2525 Gambell Street, Suite 105, Anchorage, Alaska 99503-2838.  If you are a qualified registered voter and do not have any changes to your registration record, the application must be received by the Division of Elections on or before October 29, 2016.  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 on or before October 7, 2016.  The Election Division will send you a ballot package.  After you complete the ballot package, you must return it by mail postmarked on or before November 8, 2016.

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

Before being allowed to vote, you must present to the election official one of the following forms of identification:

  • An official voter registration card, a driver’s license, state identification card, current and valid photo identification, passport, hunting or fishing license; or
  • an original or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government issued document that exhibits the name and current address of the voter; or

if the election official knows your identity, he or she may waive the identification requirement.

VoteRiders has created Alaska voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

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 1-888-383-8683, or in Anchorage call 907-269-8683, or you may look up your voting record to obtain your polling place location using the Voter Search online option here.  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.

Moving Between Counties

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 vote a ballot for a House District other than the House District in which you are registered, 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.

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 mail by requesting an absentee ballot by completing the form here, and sending it to the Absentee and Petition Office, at 2525 Gambell Street, Suite 105, Anchorage, Alaska 99503-2838.  If you are a qualified registered voter and do not have any changes to your registration record, the application must be received by the Division of Elections on or before October 29, 2016.  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 on or before October 7, 2016.  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:

  • Alaska driver’s license;
  • Alaska hunting or fishing license;
  • proof of Alaska student loan and college tuition showing Alaska as state of residency;
  • military leave and earning statement indicating Alaska as place of residence;
  • proof of employment in Alaska indicating date of employment; or
  • other documentation that supports your claim as an Alaska resident.

Receiving an Absentee Ballot

Once you receive an absentee ballot and complete it, you must return it 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 November 8, 2016.

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 the FWAB:

  • 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 here or here.

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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For more information for voters with disabilities, find a National Disability Rights Network partner in your area.

For more information for student voters, visit the Student Voting Guide from the Brennan Center for Justice.

Information provided by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights

Voting as a Student

As a student, you have a constitutional right to register and vote in the place you truly consider to be “home” — whether that’s your parents’ house, your apartment, or your dorm room. But before you make the important decision about where to vote, make sure you know the voting rules (and sometimes consequences) of registering to vote in that state.

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