Alaska Absentee Ballot Guide

Last updated August 20, 2014
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Important Deadlines

  • Voter registration form: Received 30 days before the election (unless if falls on a Sunday and you are mailing it, in which case it will have to be received the last postage day before the 30th day prior to the election)
  • Absentee ballot application: Received 10 days before the election
  • Voted absentee ballot: Postmarked on election day

How to vote by absentee ballot

Register to vote

Recommended: You can use the Alaska Absentee Ballot Application to register to vote and apply for your absentee ballot at the same time. Just be sure you send it in at least 30 days before the election (that's the deadline to register to vote)!

If you don't intend to vote absentee, we recommend using our Voter Registration Tool to register to vote. Enter your information, print and sign the completed form, and mail it to the Secretary of State (the address is on the form).

Any way you do it, your application must be received 30 days before an the election.

Verify your voter registration

It's best to verify your voter registration before applying for your absentee ballot.  If there's a problem with your registration, register again before proceeding.

NOTE: Most people receive their voter registration cards in the mail 2-3 weeks after registering to vote. Don't worry if you lost or never received it. You don't actually need your voter registration card to vote.

Make sure you're eligible to vote by absentee ballot

Good news! Any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot in Alaska.

Apply for your absentee ballot

Absentee voting by mail: Download and complete the Alaska Absentee Ballot Application.  Mail, fax, email, or hand-deliver your completed absentee application to the Alaska Division of Elections.  The office is physically located in Anchorage.  Your absentee ballot application must be received 10 days before an election.  (If you're registering and applying for an absentee ballot at the same time, the form must be received 30 days before the election.)

If you're away at college, temporarily outside the county, or physically disabled, someone may apply on your behalf if the person is authorized to do so under a general power of attorney or a special power of attorney.  He or she must include a copy of the power of attorney with the absentee ballot application. 

Absentee voting by fax: Alaska allows residents to vote absentee by fax. If you choose this option, you are voluntarily waiving your right to a secret ballot.  The application for an absentee by-fax ballot is posted 15 days before the election until 5pm the day before an election on the Division of Election's website.  Fax or email (in pdf format) your completed application to the email address address on the form.

Complete and return your voted absentee ballot

You will be sent a ballot and a return envelope. Fill out the ballot and make sure to sign the return envelope where indicated. You also must include an "identifier" such as your voter number (if you know it), date of birth, Alaska driver's license number, or last 4 digits of your social security number. Then have the envelope signed by a "witness"- either a notoray or anyone over the age of 18.  Then put a stamp on it, mail your ballot back to the address listed on the return envelope.  But be sure to meet Alaska's ballot return deadline or your ballot won't be counted. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to provide ID when I register to vote in Alaska?

First-time Alaska voters must verify their identity when registering to vote OR when voting for the first time (either in person or by absentee ballot).  You can verify your identity by submitting a copy of one of the following with your voter registration form: current and valid photo identification; driver’s license; passport; state identification card; birth certificate; hunting and Fishing license.

If you register to vote from outside of Alaska you must also submit proof of your Alaska residency with your voter registration form.  You can provide a copy of your current Alaska driver's license, Alaska hunting or fishing license; student loan or college tuition documents showing Alaska as your state of residence; proof of employment in Alaska; or military leave and earnings statement that identifies Alaska as the state of legal residence.  Proof of your Alaska residency must be in your own name.  If you do not provide proof of Alaska residency, your application(s) will not be processed.  

Do I need to provide ID when I vote by absentee ballot in Alaska?

First time Alaska voters need to verify their identity before voting by absentee ballot.  You can verify your identity by submitting a copy of one of the following with your voter registration form: current and valid photo identification; driver’s license; passport; state identification card; birth certificate; hunting and Fishing license.

You'll also need to provide proof of Alaska residency if you apply for an absentee ballot from outside of Alaska.  You can provide a copy of your current Alaska driver's license, Alaska hunting or fishing license; student loan or college tuition documents showing Alaska as your state of residence; proof of employment in Alaska; or military leave and earnings statement that identifies Alaska as the state of legal residence.  Proof of your Alaska residency must be in your own name.  If you do not provide proof of Alaska residency, your application(s) will not be processed.  

What if I'm in a remote location and want to make sure my Alaska absentee ballot gets delivered in time?

For Alaska voters who are located in areas where mail service may be slow (for example, remote areas of Alaska), Alaska provides a special advance ballot to allow additional time to cast a ballot.  This is a blank ballot with spaces for the voter to write in the names of candidates and/or issues.  This ballot is mailed beginning 60 days through 28 days before Election Day.

In addition to the special advance ballot, voters are mailed the official ballot beginning approximately three weeks before Election Day. Voters are encouraged to vote and return both ballots. If both ballots are returned in time, only the official ballot will be counted.

You can request a special advance ballot by checking the appropriate box on your Alaska Absentee Ballot Application.

Can I vote in person before the election in Alaska?

Yes. Check out our Early Voting page for details.

Additional Information

State Election Website: http://www.elections.alaska.gov/
Email: elections@gov.state.ak.us (general questions)
akabsentee@alaska.gov (absentee forms and questions)
Local Election Officials: Your Local Election Official is the best person to contact if you have questions.  They'll be able to provide up-to-date information on rules and deadlines. 

 

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