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Voting & Elections Toolkits 2022

Voter Registration in Alaska

Eligibility

  • Age: At least 18 years old or will be within 90 days of completing an application for registration. 
  • Formerly incarcerated individuals: May vote if unconditionally discharged from supervision by the Department of Corrections.
  • Citizenship: Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Residence: Must be an Alaska Resident.
  • College students can either vote absentee in their home state or register to vote in AK
  • Check to see if you are already registered

More information on Alaskan voter eligibility.

Deadline

  • Voter registration applications must be received or postmarked on or before at least 30 days prior to an election.
  • July 17, 2022 is the registration deadline for the August 16, 2022 primary election
  • October 9, 2022 is the deadline for in-person registration and postmark of mail-in registration for the November 8, 2022 general election.

Permanent Fund Dividend Automatic Voter Registration (PFD AVR)

In 2016, Alaska voters approved Ballot Measure 1 (15PFVR). This law automatically registers eligible applicants to vote or updates voter registration information of voters who are currently registered to vote using the information provided when applying for a Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) unless the applicant opts-out.

Learn more about this method of automatic registration at the Alaska Division of Election's PFD AVR information page. If you still need to register or change your voter information, choose one of the methods below. 

Online registration

To use the Online Voter Registration System, you must have a valid Alaska driver's license or state ID card and the information you enter when registering must match the information on your Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) record. If you do not have a valid Alaska driver's license or state ID, or your information cannot be validated, you may select to register using a paper registration form.

Online registration form

Mail-in registration

Print a paper form to complete and sign. Send your completed form by mail, fax or email attachment to a Regional Elections Office.

When registering to vote send a copy of either your current driver’s license, state ID, passport or birth certificate with your paper form.

Printable form

Refer to the box below for information about ID requirements.

Choosing a political party   

You may choose a political party affiliation when you register, but it is not required.

Updating registration      

To update registration after a move, name change, or change of political party affiliation, use the voter registration form. Permanent Fund Dividend applicants voter information is updated each year as part of Permanent Fund Dividend Automatic Voter Registration (PFD AVR). 

Cancelling registration

The Registrar of Voters is maintained by the Alaska Division of Elections. Voters may cancel their registrations by phone or mail:

Cancel by Telephone

  • Cancel your voter registration in Alaska by contacting your Regional Elections Office.
    • Be prepared to provide your name and an identifier (voter number, Alaska driver's license number or state identification number, date of birth or last four of your Social Security Number).

Cancel in Writing

  • Send a statement requesting your registration be canceled with your name and an identifier (voter number, Alaska driver's license number or state identification number, date of birth or last four of your Social Security Number).

 

ID Requirements for Alaska Voters

ID Requirements for Registration

Online Registration

For online voter registration, an Alaska drivers license or state ID is required.

Mail-in Registration

An ID is not required for mail-in registration, but you must provide one of the documents listed on the form to verify residence:

  • Copy of driver’s license OR
  • Copy of State ID OR
  • Copy of passport, OR
  • Copy of birth certificate, OR

If you cannot meet any of the above requirements, you may sign an affidavit and cast a questioned ballot subject to verification of your eligibility to vote.

ID Requirements for Voting

When approaching the election worker table, you will be asked for identification by the precinct register worker such as: Voter ID card, driver’s license, state ID, military ID, passport, hunting or fishing license or other current or valid photo ID.

NOTE: If you do not have the one of the identifications listed above, you may present a current utility bill or paycheck, government check or bank statement or other government issued document.

More information on ID requirements

Where to get an ID

Department of Motor Vehicles

Obtaining a Driver’s License

Casting a Ballot in Alaska

Important Dates

  • Primary Election: August 16, 2022 
  • General Election: November 8, 2022
  • Early voting: Most voting in-person locations open beginning 15 days prior to each Election Day and remain open through Election Day. 

Absentee voting

Opening/closing dates

  • Ballots are mailed to active military members, spouses and dependents and U.S. citizens temporarily or permanently living overseas beginning 45 days prior to each Primary and General Election Day. 
  • Ballots are mailed to voters who selected the advance ballot due to living, working or traveling in remote Alaska or who may be traveling overseas ballots are mailed beginning 45 days prior to each Primary and General Election Day. 
  • All other ballots are mailed to voters approximately 25 days prior to each Primary and General Election Day. 
  • Mailed absentee ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day. 

Military voters and voters who reside outside the U.S.

  • Military voters and voters who reside outside the United States may vote by mail, fax or online delivery.
  • Overseas ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day. 

Who is eligible to use an absentee ballot?

  • Alaska is a no excuse absentee voting state. Anyone may vote using the early and in-person absentee voting options. 

Application for Absentee Ballot

Polling places and hours

  • Use the Polling Place Locator to find your polling place or use Alaska's Polling Place Locator
  • For a general election or primary, polls in Alaska are from 7:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m. 
  • Time off to vote: Employers are required to give an employee as much time off “as will enable voting,” unless the polls are open for two nonworking hours before or after the employee’s work shift. Time off for voting must be paid. Alaska Stat. § 15.15.100.

Rides to the polls

Many organizations offer free rides to polling places. Some of these include:

Help for voters with disabilities

Ballots

Where to get more info on candidates

Referenda

Sample ballots

Elections

Primaries vs. general elections

  • Primary elections are conducted to determine the top four candidates who will advance to the general election.
  • In Alaska, there is a single primary ballot for all voters. Voters vote for one candidate for each office.
  • In a general election, voters use ranked choice voting. This was established by voter initiative and implemented in 2022.

 

Jurisdiction

Offices/Measures That May Appear on the Ballot

Federal (even years)

President/Vice-President (elected every four years; next election in 2024)

Senator (elected every six years for staggered terms; next election in 2022)

Representative (elected every two years)

State (even years)

Governor/Lieutenant Governor, next election in 2022)

State Senator (half the Senate elected every four years)

State Representative (elected every two years)

Judicial Retention Elections (ballot every ten years)

Statewide ballot measures

Municipal (usually October, except Anchorage in April)

School Board 

Mayor

Assembly Members

Local ballot measures

Regional Educational Attendance Area (REAA) (Held annually on the first Tuesday in October.)

School Board 

REAA Election Information: http://www.elections.alaska.gov/Core/regionaleducationalattendancearea.php

Who are the candidates, and what else is on the ballot?

  • Sample ballots
  • Certificates of endorsement by political parties: not provided in Alaska.

Important Dates

General Election Day is November 8, 2022. 

Dates of municipal elections can be found on the cities city clerk's page. Most municipalities have elections in October during odd years. Anchorage holds theirs in April. 

Who conducts elections?

  • The Alaska Division of Elections in the Lt. Governor's Office oversees statewide and Regional Educational Attendance Area (REAA)  elections
  • The Alaska Division maintains voter rolls for state, REAA and local elections.
  • City/Borough Clerks prepare ballots and administer balloting for each municipality/borough election.

Voter Bill of Rights

As of August 2022, Alaska does not have a voter bill of rights.

Where to go with complaints about candidates or how elections are conducted

Campaign finance

The Alaska Public Offices Commission provides access to candidates’ election committee and Political Action Committee campaign finance filings.

How to contact your elected officials:

General Resources on Voting and Elections

General Resources on Voting and Elections


Election Protection Hotlines


1-866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683)

1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (888-839-8682) (en Español)

1-888-API-VOTE (888-274-8683) (Asian multilingual assistance)

1-844-YALLA-US (844-925-5287) (Arabic)


Voter Registration & Election Day Resources

Find useful voter information including:

  • Local Election Office and Contact Information
  • Address, Telephone and Email for Local Election Offices
  • Upcoming Federal Election Dates and Deadlines
  • Upcoming State Election Dates and Deadlines
  • Eligibility Requirements
  • Identification Requirements
  • Voter Materials Transmission Options
  • State Lookup Tools – Am I Registered? Where’s my Ballot?

Population-Specific information and Resources

Voting Rights: Laws, Cases, Policy

Voter Engagement

Voter Education

Campaign Finance/Funding Information

Primary Sources, Lesson Plans & Exhibits

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