Voting in Alaska
Upcoming Elections and Deadlines in Alaska
Alaska Primary and Special General Election
If you're registering by mail, your voter registration must be postmarked by 07/17/2022.
If you're registering in person, your voter registration must be received by 07/17/2022.
The deadline to register to vote online is 07/17/2022.
If you're returning your completed absentee ballot application by mail, it must be received by 08/06/2022.
If you're returning your completed absentee ballot application by hand, it must be received by 08/06/2022.
Your online absentee ballot request must be received by 08/06/2022.
If you're returning your completed ballot by mail, it must be postmarked by 08/16/2022 and received by 08/26/2022.
If you're returning your completed ballot by hand, it must be received by close of polls 08/16/2022.
Alaska General Election
If you're registering by mail, your voter registration must be postmarked by 10/09/2022.
If you're registering in person, your voter registration must be received by 10/09/2022.
The deadline to register to vote online is 10/09/2022.
If you're returning your completed absentee ballot application by mail, it must be received by 10/29/2022.
If you're returning your completed absentee ballot application by hand, it must be received by 10/29/2022.
Your online absentee ballot request must be received by 10/29/2022.
If you're returning your completed ballot by mail, it must be postmarked by 11/08/2022.
If you're returning your completed ballot by hand, it must be received by 11/08/2022.
Voter Registration In Alaska
Who Can Register In Alaska
To register to vote in Alaska, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be a resident of Alaska (You must have been a resident of Alaska and of the election district in which you seek to vote for at least 30 days before an election in order to vote in that election.)
- Be at least 18 years old or within 90 days of your 18th birthday
- Not have been convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude, unless your voting rights have been restored
- Not be registered to vote in another state unless you are willing to cancel your registration in that state
You must register to vote at least 30 days before the election you wish to vote in.
Alaska Election Day Registration
Alaska does not offer Election Day registration, so be sure to submit your voter registration before the deadline.
You can pre-register to vote in Alaska if you are within 90 days of your 18th birthday.
Voting Rights Restoration
Alaska does remove voting rights for people with felony convictions. Voting rights can be restored after unconditional discharge if the Division of Elections receives proof of unconditional discharge from the supervising entity. If someone has been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude or is on probation (parole) for the same crime, they are not eligible to register to vote. Following proof of unconditional discharge, they may register to vote.
If you have a past conviction, learn more about your eligibility to vote here.
Voting In Alaska
Where To Vote In Alaska
Vote-by-mail & Absentee
All voters are eligible to vote absentee/by mail in Alaska; no excuse is needed.
Early Voting In Alaska
Alaska offers in-person early voting. No excuse is needed to vote early. Early voting begins 15 days prior to Election Day and ends on Election Day.
Primary Elections In Alaska
Alaska has open primaries, as a nonpartisan top 4 primary is used to determine the top four vote getters that will advance to the General Election, regardless of political affiliation. For Republican presidential primaries, Republicans, nonpartisans, and undeclared voters may participate. For Democratic/Independence Party presidential primaries, any registered voter may participate, regardless of political party. 17-year-olds cannot vote in the primary election even if they will be 18 by the corresponding general election, except for the Democratic/Independence Party presidential primary.
Voter ID In Alaska
Voter ID Requirements
Photo ID is required to vote in Alaska. Valid forms of ID include:
-Voter ID card
- Driver’s license
- State ID
- Military ID
- Hunting or fishing license
- Other current or valid photo ID
If you do not have an approved form of ID, you may present:
- A current utility bill or paycheck
- A government check or bank statement
- Other government issued document
If you go to your polling place without an approved form of ID, you may be asked to vote a questioned ballot. You will sign a questioned ballot register and complete a questioned ballot envelope with your information. You will then vote your ballot, place it inside a secrecy sleeve and then place it inside of the questioned ballot envelope. The questioned ballot will go to a review board who will determine if your ballot can be counted. The information on the outside of the envelope is used to register you to vote or update your registration information (when applicable). A letter will be sent to you if your ballot was rejected or partially counted to tell you the reason.
Additional Alaska Resources
Your State Election Official
Alaska Director of Elections
Phone number: 907.465.4611