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Upcoming Elections

2016 Presidential Preference Caucus: Tuesday, March 1 (Republicans)

                                                                         Saturday, March 26 (Democrats)

Please note caucuses have specific rules. Contact your state party for more information.

2016 Congressional/State Primary: August 16

  • Voter Registration Deadline: July 17

2016 General Election: Tuesday, November 8

  • Voter Registration Deadline: October 9

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

Please note that some the information in the sections below has not been updated, and refers to the 2015 general election.


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Voting Rights

News

Welcome to the First Presidential Election Since Voting Rights Act Gutted
06/26/16 |
Publication Date: 
Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 03:00
Excerpt: 

- by Ari Berman

Three years ago this week, in Shelby County v. Holder, the Supreme Court invalidated the centerpiece of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, ruling that states with the longest histories of voting discrimination no longer needed to approve their voting changes with the federal government. "The Supreme Court stuck a dagger into the heart of the Voting Rights Act," Lewis said after the decision.

That means the 2016 election is the first presidential contest in 50 years without the full protections of the VRA — and the country is witnessing the greatest rollback of voting rights since the act was passed five decades ago.

This year, 17 states have new voting restrictions in place for the first time in a presidential election cycle, including laws that make it harder to register to vote, cut back early voting and require strict forms of government-issued IDs to cast a ballot that millions of Americans don't have.

These states comprise 189 electoral votes — nearly half of the Electoral College votes needed to win the presidency — and include crucial swing states like Ohio, Wisconsin and Virginia. 

There were 21 presidential debates during the primaries but not a single question was asked about voting rights. This remains one of the most important yet least discussed issues in 2016. Before anyone votes in November, there's a huge struggle underway that will decide how many eligible voters will be able to cast a ballot.

 

Kansas to Use Provisional Ballots for Upcoming Elections
06/23/16 |
Publication Date: 
Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 17:00
Excerpt: 

In an effort to comply with a federal court order requiring that Kansas allow people who registered to vote at the DMV without providing proof of citizenship to vote for federal office in upcoming elections, Secretary of State Kris Kobach is planning to use provisional ballots and then throw out all of the votes for state and local races cast by the thousands of voters who register to vote at motor vehicle offices without providing proof of citizenship.

"The state had a similar process in place in the 2014 elections in which a few hundred voters who registered with a federal form were affected. But implementing it in the upcoming elections is estimated to affect as many as 50,000 who registered to vote when they got their driver's licenses without providing the citizenship documentation.

Clint Blaes, spokesman for Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, said the attorney general's office has not yet received any proposed regulations from Kobach, but would review them in the same manner as any other proposed regulation.

"The secretary of state is representing himself in this lawsuit," Blaes said. "Therefore, the attorney general is not involved in either the lawsuit or the operation of the secretary of state's office."

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Alaska Election Info

Upcoming Elections in Your State

2016 Presidential Preference Caucus: Tuesday, March 1 (Republicans)

                                                                         Saturday, March 26 (Democrats)

Please note caucuses have specific rules. Contact your state party for more information.

2016 Congressional/State Primary: August 16

  • Voter Registration Deadline: July 17

2016 General Election: Tuesday, November 8

  • Voter Registration Deadline: October 9

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

Please note that some the information in the sections below has not been updated, and refers to the 2015 general election.

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:

  • Absentee early at a Regional Elections Office in the jurisdiction where the voter is registered. Regional offices are located in Juneau, Anchorage, Wasilla, Fairbanks and Nome; or
  • Absentee in-person at any Regional Elections Office or absentee voting location.

How to Find Your Polling Place

Visit the Alaska Division of Elections Polling Place Location webpage.

Call 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683).

REGISTER TO VOTE HERE

Already registered? Verify your voter registration status.


Registration Deadlines

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

Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

Contact your Regional Election Office.

How to Register

You may register to vote in Alaska in any of the following ways:

Online Registration:

Alaskan residents with a valid Alaska Driver's License or state ID card can register to vote online here.

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.

In person

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.

Registration Eligibility

In order to register to vote in Alaska you must:

  • Be a United States citizen;
  • Be an Alaska resident;
  • Be at least 18 years old or within 90 days of your 18th birthday;
  • Not be a convicted felon, unless your voting rights have been restored; and
  • Not be registered to vote in another state unless you are willing to cancel your registration in the other state.

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:

  • 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.

If you are registering from inside the state of Alaska, you must include a copy of one of the following documents:

  • Driver's license;
  • Passport;
  • State identification card;
  • Other form of current and valid photo identification; or
  • Birth certificate.

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:

  • Absentee early at a Regional Elections Office in the jurisdiction where the voter is registered. Regional offices are located in Juneau, Anchorage, Wasilla, Fairbanks and Nome; or
  • Absentee in-person at any Regional Elections Office or absentee voting location.

 through Election Day, voters may vote:

  • Absentee early vote at a Regional Elections Office in the jurisdiction where the voter is registered.  Regional offices are located in Juneau, Anchorage, Wasilla, Fairbanks and Nome; 
  • Absentee in-person at any Regional Elections Office or absentee voting location; or
  • Absentee by mail.

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:

  • Current and valid photo identification;
  • Driver's license;
  • Passport;
  • State identification card; or
  • Birth certificate.

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:

  • Signed 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.

You may also present one of the following forms of identification if it includes your name and current address:

  • Current utility bill or pay check;
  • Government check or bank statement; or
  • Other government issued document.

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).

**The materials below have not yet been updated since 2014**

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For more information for voters with disabilities, visit the National Disability Rights Network’s voting resource center.

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

Information provided by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights

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