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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 Regional Elections Office. You can also register to vote in person if you prefer.
Who can register to 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 involving moral turpitude, unless your voting rights have been restored
- not be registered to vote in another state unless you are willing to cancel your registration in that state
Can I register to vote online?
- Alaska offers online voter registration.
- You should know: you need an Alaska driver's license or state 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.
Can I submit voter registration forms by mail?
Use the National Voter Registration Form
- Print and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
- 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).
- Box 7 - Choice of Party: Alaska does NOT require that you register with a party to participate in primary elections.
- Box 8 - Race or Ethnic Group: Leave blank. This information is not required.
- Review the "Who can register to vote?" section above and check that you're eligible.
- Sign the form.
- Send the completed form to your Regional Elections Office
- 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.
Can I register to vote on Election Day?
Alaska does offer registration on Election Day, but voters who register on Election Day are only able to vote for President and Vice President.
How do I get help registering to vote?
If you’d like more help planning how to register, TurboVote can walk you through the process! They can also help you start the absentee/mail-in ballot request process, send you election reminders, and more.
How do I vote if I'm in the military or live overseas?
Active-duty military, their families, and overseas citizens can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). The FPCA process is done by mail, but your state may offer other options to request and return ballots. Please contact your Absentee and Petition Office for more information about delivery and return methods, including email, fax, and state online portals. To follow the FPCA process:
- Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your Absentee and Petition Office may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
- Send the application to your Absentee and Petition Office.
- It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible.
- Please fill out and send back your ballot as soon as you receive it.
- 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 Absentee and Petition Office.
If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your Absentee and Petition Office first. Then:
- You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your Absentee and Petition 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.
How can I check my 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.
Which election office should I contact?
- In Alaska, the Regional Elections Office runs voter registration and election in your area. The Regional Elections Office can help you with questions about registering to vote and voting.
- The Division of Elections oversees elections and election administration in Alaska. They can help you with questions about voting in your state, election security, or issues you might have at the polls. If you have concerns about voter intimidation, reach out immediately. In Alaska, the Absentee and Petition Office also runs absentee voting and can help you with questions about voting by mail.
How do I contact my local election office?
Visit your state’s site to find your Regional Elections Office.