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Upcoming Election Information

Alaskans! Between redistricting, Alaska’s new voting system, and several upcoming deadlines there is a lot to pay attention to so you can vote in the upcoming Special/Primary election on August 16 as well as the General Election on November 8. Please read on for more information, important dates, and sign up for our upcoming informational event!

Your Polling Place might be Different

As a result of redistricting due to the 2020 Census and recent state court rulings, most voting precinct boundaries have changed. This means that your polling place might also have changed. In mid-July the Alaska Division of Elections will mail out new voter registration cards with the voters’ precincts and polling place locations. Make sure to check your new voter ID card for your polling location before you vote! 

Check your polling location

Early and Absentee Voting

Unlike the recent special primary election, you WILL NOT receive a ballot in the mail unless you request one up to 10 days before the election, so before August 6. You can request one online here. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked by August 16th and received by the Division of Elections by or on August 26th if mailed from Alaska to be eligible for counting. DON’T FORGET TO HAVE A WITNESS SIGN YOUR BALLOT!

Alternatively, there are early in person voting locations which you can find here.

Important Election Dates

  • July 17: Deadline to register to vote in the August 16 election. You can register here.
  • August 1: Early in-person and in-person absentee voting begin and continue through August 16. You can find those locations here.
  • August 6: Last day to request a by-mail ballot. You can request that ballot here.
  • August 16: Both the Regular Primary Election for state offices and the Special General Election for U.S. Congress will be held. With both elections on the same ballot, it could be confusing. Pay attention to the directions on the ballot! You can take a look at your ballot, which differs by house district, here.
  • Regular Primary Election – Vote for only ONE candidate on the ballot for each seat on the state to the federal levels – including a vote for a US House candidate to serve a full 2-year term.
  • Special General Election – Rank the top 3 vote getters from the Special Primary Election to serve out the rest of Representative Don Young’s term.
  • November 8: Regular General Election – Rank UP TO FOUR candidates (the top 4 vote-getters from the August 16 primary) in your order of preference for each seat on the state to the federal levels – including yet ANOTHER vote for a US House candidate to serve a full 2-year term.

Lots more information on the Division of Elections website including how to check your registration.

Please join Alaska Common Ground at our upcoming informational event on August 4th here.