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Alaska

Population

731,545

Voting-Age Pop.

530,385

Last Presidential Election (2016)
Clinton 38 %
Trump 53 %
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Important Dates

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Election Date

Nov 3, 2020

Registration Deadline

Oct 4, 2020

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USPS recommends mailing your ballot no later than October 27.

Source: USPS.com


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  • Online Registration

    Yes
  • Early Voting
    Yes
  • Same-Day Registration
    Partial
  • ID Required
    Yes


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Absentee/Mail-In Voting

In Alaska, anyone may request a ballot by mail.

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  • No, residents of Alaska must request a ballot by mail for the general election.

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No, residents of Alaska must request a ballot by mail for the general election.

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  • Your application for a by-mail ballot must be received 10 days before Election Day.

Applications must be received by: Oct 24 (via mail)

Your application for a by-mail ballot must be received 10 days before Election Day.

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  • Sept 19: Ballots are mailed to voters who are living, working or traveling in remote Alaska (or who may be traveling overseas). Ballots are mailed beginning 45 days prior to general Election Day.


    Oct 9: All other ballots are mailed to voters approximately 25 days prior to general Election Day.

When will I receive my ballot?

Sept 19: Ballots are mailed to voters who are living, working or traveling in remote Alaska (or who may be traveling overseas). Ballots are mailed beginning 45 days prior to general Election Day.


Oct 9: All other ballots are mailed to voters approximately 25 days prior to general Election Day.

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  • Your ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day.

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Your ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day.

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  • You do not need to provide a reason/excuse to vote absentee.

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You do not need to provide a reason/excuse to vote absentee.


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Early Voting

Can you vote early in this state?

Yes

The official will look up your name in the voter registration database and will verify that your registration is active and current. Early voting is only available at certain absentee voting locations that the division can establish a secure connection with the voter registration database system. Early voting is available in Juneau, Soldotna, Anchorage, Wasilla, Fairbanks and Nome at designated locations.


Same-Day Registration

Can you register on Election Day?

Partial

Alaska law allows for same-day voter registration for the purpose of voting for president and vice president of the United States.


Voter ID Requirements

Is an ID required to vote?

Yes

You may be asked to vote a questioned ballot if you do not have identification. The questioned ballot will go to a review board who will determine if your ballot can be counted.



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Acceptable Forms of Identification

Make sure you're ready on Election Day with the appropriate forms of identification. Acceptable forms of ID are listed here.

Data source - elections.alaska.gov

Acceptable Forms of ID

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  • Military ID

  • US Passport

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  • Voter ID Card

  • Driver's License

  • State ID

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  • Current Utility Bill

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  • Hunting or Fishing License

  • Current Paycheck

  • Government Check

  • Bank Statement

  • Other Government Issued Document

  • Other Current or Valid Photo ID


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