Alaska

Step 1: Apply

Can I vote-by-mail in my state?


Yes, Alaska will allow any registered voter to request a ballot. Follow the application steps below. Click here to register as a new voter or to check your existing registration. (It's always a good idea to double-check.) https://myvoterinformation.alaska.gov You may use the Alaska absentee ballot application form to request an absentee ballot, register to vote, or change your registration information.




Are there any other restrictions or requirements to apply?


The ballot is posted to a webpage, so you will require an email address and access to a computer and printer.




Who is allowed to vote-by-mail?


You must have a valid Alaska driver's license or state ID card and the information you enter when applying 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 apply using a paper absentee ballot application form. If you have questions, contact your local election office. https://www.elections.alaska.gov/Core/contactusandsitemap.php




Application form link:


Apply online: https://absenteeballotapplication.alaska.gov Or print and return: https://www.elections.alaska.gov/doc/forms/C06C.pdf The state will send ballot applications to every voter over the age of 65.




Where should I send my completed application?


If you are using the online application, it will be submitted electronically. If you are using the paper application, your signature must be a handwritten signature. Mail your application: Division of Elections Absentee and Petition Office 2525 Gambell Street, Suite 105 Anchorage AK 99503-2838 Fax your application: 907-677-9943 855-677-9943 (toll free in U.S.) Email your application: akabsentee@alaska.gov Send your application an attached PDF, TIFF or JPEG file. Drop off in person: At your local elections office - https://www.elections.alaska.gov/Core/contactusandsitemap.php




When is the application due?


Technically, applications must be received 10 days before Election Day. (October 24, 2020) To avoid delays within the election office and the postal service, we recommend you send it immediately and no later than the middle of October. New voters must register by October 4, 2020.




***Shenanigan Alerts***


Things to look out for: You must have a valid Alaska driver's license or state ID card and the information you enter when applying 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 apply using a paper absentee ballot application form. Your ballot must be received no later than 5 pm Alaska Standard Time the day before the election. (November 2, 2020) Ballots must be witnessed. In the current pandemic, there are few situations where an official is reasonably accessible. If it isn’t easy for you to get to an authorized official, your ballot can be witnessed by anyone over the age of 18. The division just received confirmation from the USPS that postal employees are prohibited from serving as witnesses in their official capacity while on duty, due in part to the potential operational impacts.




I have a question that wasn't answered here.


Please call the county election office where you live. They are in charge of elections and should be able to help you. https://www.elections.alaska.gov/Core/contactusandsitemap.php





Step 2: Vote-by-Mail

When do I have to mail or drop off my completed ballot?


Technically, ballots must be received no later than 5 pm Alaska Standard Time the day before the election. (November 2, 2020) To avoid delays within the election office and the postal service, we recommend you return your voted ballot as soon as it arrives and no later than the middle of October. You may also drop your ballot at your local election office. It's a good idea to call and check first. https://www.elections.alaska.gov/Core/contactusandsitemap.php If you select to have your ballot delivered electronically, you will need to print your voted ballot and do one of the following: When you select to return your ballot by mail, you will print the foldable secrecy sleeve and return mailing envelope provided in your PDF file. You will also need to print your ballot. Fold and secure your ballot inside the secrecy sleeve. Wrap your completed Voter Certificate and Identification sheet around the outside of the secrecy sleeve with your ballot inside. Then fold and secure your certificate and ballot inside the return mailing envelope. The return ballot envelope must be postmarked on or before Election Day. Returning your ballot by mail will maintain the secrecy of your voted ballot.

When you select to return your ballot by fax, you will print the fax instructions provided in your PDF file to follow to return your ballot by fax. Both completed voter certificate and ballot must be received by fax on or before 8:00 p.m. Alaska Standard Time on Election Day. When returning a ballot by fax, you are voluntarily waiving your right to a secret ballot and are assuming the risk that a faulty transmission may occur.




Does it require a stamp? Two?


Read the outside of the envelope to see if additional postage may be required. The US Postal service will deliver any ballot, regardless of whether or not it has the correct postage, or any at all. They will charge the local election office for any unpaid postage. https://time.com/4547550/absentee-mail-ballot-postage-stamp-postal-service-usps/




Can my ballot be dropped off at a polling site or dedicated drop box?


Your voted ballot may be dropped off at an early voting site or your local election office.




Is there any way to check if my ballot was received?


https://myvoterinformation.alaska.gov




I have a question that wasn't answered here.


Please call the county election office where you live. They are in charge of elections and should be able to help you. https://www.elections.alaska.gov/Core/contactusandsitemap.php





Early In-Person Voting

Does my state offer any in-person early voting days?


Available in Juneau, Soldotna, Anchorage, Wasilla, Fairbanks, and Nome from October 19 to November 1 at 4 p.m. AKDT.




Link to information and locations:


www.elections.alaska.gov




I have a question that wasn't answered here.


Please call the county election office where you live. They are in charge of elections and should be able to help you. https://www.elections.alaska.gov/Core/contactusandsitemap.php





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