How to register to vote in Alaska

This information is for the November 3rd general election. For information on the August 18, 2020 state primary, check with the Alaska election office. Alaska offers online voter registration. You can register by mail to vote in Alaska by printing a voter registration form, filling it out, and mailing it to your local election office. You can also register to vote in person if you prefer.

Who can vote

To register in Alaska you must:

  • be a citizen of the United States
  • be at least 18 years old or will be within 90 days of completing this registration
  • be a resident of Alaska
  • not be a convicted felon (unless unconditionally discharged)
  • not be registered to vote in another State
  • *find more information on voting rights restoration here

Online voter registration

  • Alaska offers online voter registration.
  • You should know: you need an Alaska ID and a Social Security number to use Alaska’s online voter registration system. The address on the ID needs to match the address where you’re registering to vote. If you don’t have an Alaska-issued ID, you can still register by mail to vote.
  • You can register online to vote until Sunday, October 4, 2020.

By-mail voter registration

Use the Alaska voter registration form

You can also register to vote using the Alaska voter registration form. Be sure to read the instructions carefully and fill it out completely. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Sunday, October 4, 2020.

Use the National Voter Registration Form

  1. Print and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
  2. Box 6 – ID Number: You must provide one of the following identification numbers: Alaska Driver’s License or Alaska State ID. If you do not have an Alaska Driver’s License or Alaska State ID number, you must provide the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you do not have any of these identification numbers, please write “NONE” on the form. A unique identifying number will be assigned to you for voter registration purposes. This information is kept confidential. Having this information assists in maintaining your voter record and may assist in verifying your identity (Title 15 of the Alaska Statutes).
  3. Box 7 – Choice of Party: Alaska does NOT require that you register with a party to participate in partisan primary elections. Some parties allow undeclared voters to vote in their party’s primary without declaring an affiliation.
  4. Box 8 – Race or Ethnic Group: Leave blank. This information is not required.
  5. Review the “Who can vote?” section above and check that you’re eligible.
  6. Sign the form.
  7. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Sunday, October 4, 2020.
  8. If you are registering to vote for the first time in your jurisdiction and are mailing this registration application, Federal law requires you to show proof of identification the first time you vote. Proof of identification includes: A current and valid photo identification or A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or government document that shows your name and address. More information here.

Election Day registration

Alaska does not offer registration on Election Day.

In-person voter registration

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Military and overseas voters

Active-duty military, their families, and overseas citizens can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). To do so:

  1. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
  2. Send the application to your election official.
  3. It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. You can look up recommended mailing dates by country and region.
  4. Please fill out and send back your ballot as soon as you receive it. Following are recommended return dates to make sure your ballot arrives at your election office on time:
    • 35 days before election – On a ship at sea: September 28, 2020
    • 30 days before election – Outside of the US: October 2, 2020
    • 11 days before the election – Stateside: October 23, 2020
  5. States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven’t received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.

If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:

  • You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
  • If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.

The Federal Voting Assistance Program – FVAP.gov offers additional information on military and overseas voting in Alaska. You can also call 1-800-438-VOTE or email vote@fvap.gov

Check your voter registration status

You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using Alaska’s voter registration lookup tool.

Dates and deadlines

  • Election day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
  • The deadline to register online to vote is Sunday, October 4, 2020.
  • The deadline for registering by mail to vote is (postmarked by) Sunday, October 4, 2020.
  • The deadline to register in person to vote is Sunday, October 4, 2020.
  • The deadline to request a ballot by mail is (received by) Saturday, October 24, 2020.
  • The early voting period runs from Monday, October 19, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.

Election contact information for Alaska

Address:
Division of Elections
Court Plaza Building, 240 Main Street, 4th Floor
Juneau, AK 99801

Phone Number:
(907) 465-4611