How to vote in Alaska
Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Alaska allows any voter to request a ballot by mail. You can also vote in person. Alaska offers early voting.
Who can vote
You have to register to vote before Election Day in Alaska. You can find the deadline to register to vote in the "Dates and deadlines" section.
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
Vote in person
Vote on Election Day
Voters registered in Alaska can look up where to vote on Alaska's site.
Alaska voters can also vote before Election Day. 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.
What to bring
- You will need to show ID to vote in Alaska. Acceptable forms of ID include: voter ID card; driver's license; state ID card; military ID card; passport; hunting or fishing license; or other current or valid photo ID. You may also present one of the following forms of ID if it includes your name and current address: current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check or other government issued document.
- Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you will be able to vote a questioned ballot.
Vote by mail
- Complete an online application to request your mail in ballot
- Fill out the application completely.
- You should request your ballot as far in advance of the election as possible. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is (received by) Saturday, October 24, 2020.
- When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
Alaska will have an option to transmit absentee ballot applications electronically in 2020. You can request an absentee ballot application by electronic transmission until Monday, November 2, 2020. For more information, please visit http://www.elections.alaska.gov/Core/votingbyonline.php
See what's on the ballot
Learn more about what will be on your ballot by visiting the Ballotpedia.
Get step-by-step help
TurboVote can help you start the absentee/mail-in ballot request process, send you election reminders, and more. If you’d like more help planning how to vote, we can walk you through the process!
Election Day registration
Alaska does not offer registration on Election Day.
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:
- 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.
- Send the application to your election official.
- 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.
- 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, 202030 days before election - Outside of the US: October 2, 202011 days before the election - Stateside: October 23, 2020
- 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.
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
Division of Elections
Court Plaza Building, 240 Main Street, 4th Floor
Juneau, AK 99801