ALASKA

VOTING GUIDE

Including Student Information

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+ Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

  • Voter Registration Deadline: 30 days before Election Day
  • Primary Election Registration Deadline: July 22, 2018
  • Primary Election: August 21, 2018
  • General Election Registration Deadline: October 7, 2018
  • General Election: November 6, 2018

+ Official Election Websites

+ Register at School or Home

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.
Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.
You may only be registered and vote in one location.

+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?

Alaska’s voter registration form asks for your Alaska driver’s license or ID number, your full Social Security Number, or the last four digits of your Social Security Number. Be sure to provide one of these numbers if you have it.

+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

A wide range of IDs are acceptable such as:

  • A state issued driver’s license
  • A passport
  • Other current photo ID
  • Non-photo ID that includes the voter’s name and address like a utility bill, official voter registration card or other government issued documents are also acceptable.
  • Voters who cannot present an ID may still vote if they are positively identified by an election official.

+ Where Do I Vote?

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at: http://www.elections.alaska.gov/Core/listofpollingplacelocations.php

+ How Can I Vote?

By Mail

  • Any registered Alaska voter may apply to receive an absentee ballot my mail.
  • Contact your local election officials for a mail ballot or request one online at: http://www.elections.alaska.gov/Core/votingbymail.php
  • Mailed absentee applications must be received no later than 10 days before the election. If you are voting for the first time as an Alaska resident, updating your address, name, or party affiliation your absentee application must be postmarked at least 30 days prior to the election.
  • Returned absentee ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day.
  • Your returned absentee ballot must be accompanied by a notarized affidavit (which comes with the ballot). If you’re unable to get a notary, you may get the affidavit signed by one witness 18 years or older.

By Electronic Submission

  • “Electronic transmission” means by fax or by the state’s website – voters may apply for and submit their absentee ballots using either method.
  • You may apply for an electronic transmission ballot beginning 15 days before Election Day and it will be emailed to you. You may submit a request until 5 p.m. the day before the election.
  • Electronic absentee ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day and must be postmarked by Election Day if mailed
  • More information can be found at: http://www.elections.alaska.gov/Core/absenteevotingbyelectronictransmission.php

Early In-person

Election Day

  • Voting sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by the closing time then you will be allowed to vote.

+ Common Questions/Concerns

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:

  • Federal Financial Aid
    • Where you register to vote won’t affect federal financial aid like Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA
  • Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes
    • Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes
  • Tuition Status
    • Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community

Will registering to vote in Alaska affect my driver’s license or car registration?

  • No, you are not required to obtain an Alaska driver’s license or register your car before or after registering to vote.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed Alaska legal professional.

Last updated June 2018