Alaska

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Federal Election Deadlines

State Primary August 19, 2014 General Election November 4, 2014
Registration July 20, 2014 October 5, 2014
Ballot Request Electronic ballot 5 PM, August 18, 2014 Mailed ballot August 9, 2014 Electronic ballot 5 PM, November 3, 2014 Mailed ballot October 25, 2014
Ballot Return Postmarked by August 19, 2014 Within U.S. Received by August 29, 2014 Outside U.S. Received by August 29, 2014 Postmarked by November 4, 2014 Within U.S. Received by November 14, 2014 Outside U.S. Received by November 19, 2014

Please mail your voting materials early enough to account for mail delivery times. Check the recommended mailing dates section in Chapter 1 for details.

Important information

How can I register to vote as a military or overseas voter?

Fill out and return the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to your local election office. This form allows you to register to vote and identifies you as a voter covered by UOCAVA (Federal law providing special protections). You may also visit www.elections.alaska.gov and select the Military and Overseas link for a State of Alaska registration application and State specific information.

What is my voting residence?

The place you consider your true, fixed and permanent home.

Do I need to claim a political party to vote in primary elections?

Yes. If you do not select a party, you can still vote in the General Election, but not in the primary election.

How can I submit my FPCA?

You must mail, email or fax your FPCA to the State of Alaska Absentee and Petition Office. The contact information for this office can be found at the end of this section.

How often must I submit my FPCA?

Each calendar year in which there is a scheduled election.

If I am currently registered to vote, how may I request an absentee ballot?

The FPCA allows you to request an absentee ballot. You may visit www.elections.alaska.gov and select the Military and Overseas link for a State of Alaska absentee ballot application and State specific information.

How can I return my voted ballot or Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB)?

If you request a ballot by mail, you must return the voted ballot by mail. If you request a ballot by fax, you must return the voted ballot either by mail or by fax. If you request an online ballot you must return your ballot either by mail or electronically via upload using the secure online ballot solution. You may return your FWAB by mail or fax. You may only return your FWAB by fax if you requested your ballot by fax.

What must I do to use the FWAB and can I use the FWAB to vote in State and local elections?

To use the FWAB please carefully read the section "How and where to submit your FWAB."

Alaska allows you to use the FWAB for registration and voting in primary, special and general elections for Federal, State, judicial offices and ballot propositions.

I am an American citizen, but I have never lived in the U.S., can I register to vote in this State?

A U.S. citizen who has never resided in the U.S. and whose parents were last domiciled in Alaska is eligible to register to vote as a "Federal voter" and may vote in Alaska.

Will I need a notary or witness for my FPCA or FWAB?

When voting a FWAB, your signature must be witnessed by either an authorized official or one person 18 years of age or older.

Where can I find information about the candidates and/or other items that will be on my ballot?

To find out the races, candidates and ballot propositions for which you can vote, go to www.elections.alaska.gov.

Registering and requesting your absentee ballot

The Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) registers you to vote and requests absentee ballots for voting in primary, special, and general elections for Federal, State, judicial offices and ballot propositions held in a calendar year.

Complete the following blocks of the FPCA

Block 1

Select the category that describes you.

Block 2

To vote in primary elections, you must enter your political party affiliation. If you are registered non-partisan or undeclared, you must indicate which party ballot you want to receive. If you want to change your political party affiliation, submit a completed FPCA indicating your new party preference to the local election official no later than 30 days prior to the election. Political party affiliation is not required if only requesting absentee ballots for general elections.

Block 3

Name (Last, First, Middle). Enter any former name under which you were registered in Alaska.

Block 4

Provide your date of birth.

Indicate your sex.

Enter your valid Alaska Driver's License number, the last four digits of your Social Security Number OR your Alaska State Identification Card Number

Block 5

Recommended but not required. Provide your contact information to allow your local election official to follow up if more information is required.

Block 6

Alaska allows you to receive your ballot electronically via download from a website, or by mail or fax. Indicate how you would like to receive your absentee ballot. When requesting your ballot by fax or electronically through a website, provide your fax or email address in Block 5. If you do not make a selection, Alaska will mail your ballot to you.

Block 7

Complete street address of your Alaska voting residence. You may provide your street name and house number, highway name and milepost number, building number and street name on a military base, subdivision with lot and block number. Do not use a post office box number, highway contact number and box, rural route number, commercial address or mail stop address. If in a rural village you may provide community name as your residence address or describe its location in Block 9.

Block 8

Complete address where you want your ballot sent, usually where you currently live.

Block 9

When initially registering to vote by mail from outside Alaska, you must enclose proof of Alaska residency (such as a copy of a current Alaska Driver's License or a leave and earning statement reflecting Alaska as place of residency) with this application.

If you are an overseas citizen, last domiciled in Alaska prior to leaving the U.S. or you are a U.S. citizen who has never resided in the U.S. and whose parents were last domiciled in Alaska and do not intend to return to Alaska you may register as a "Federal Voter" and participate in only elections for Federal office. To request this option, write: "I wish to register as a Federal voter and was last domiciled or my parents were last domiciled in Alaska prior to leaving the U.S."

You must provide a copy of your valid passport, card of identity and registration, or other identification issued under the authority of the U.S. Secretary of State with this application. Provide any information that may assist the local election official in accepting this application.

Affirmation

Sign and date. No witness or notary required.

How and where to submit your FPCA

Alaska allows you to submit the FPCA by mail, email or fax.

If you choose to mail your FPCA, mail the form directly to:

State of Alaska
Absentee and Petition Office
619 E. Ship Creek Ave, Suite 329
Anchorage, AK 99501-1677

If you choose to email your FPCA, send your FPCA as a signed, scanned attachment to akabsentee@alaska.gov. Your signature must be handwritten and cannot be an electronic, digital or typed signature.

If you choose to fax your FPCA, fax the form directly to (907) 677-9943 or toll free within the U.S. to (855) 677-9943. You may also use the DoD Electronic Transmission Service to fax your FPCA toll-free. To use the Electronic Transmission Service, use the cover sheet available in Chapter 1 or at FVAP.gov, and fax to: (703) 696-2148, DSN 223-5527, or toll-free from the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands to 1-800-368- 8683. International toll-free fax numbers can be found on the inside back cover or at FVAP.gov.

To find the status of your registration/absentee ballot request, contact your local election office or refer to: www.elections.alaska.gov/ot.php. Your jurisdiction will contact you regarding the status of your application up to 45 days prior to Election Day. After 45 days, your ballot will be sent to you if your application is complete.

Other ballot request methods

Alaska allows a person with power of attorney to make a change to the voter's registration or apply for an absentee ballot on behalf of the voter. A copy of the power of attorney stating that the person has authority to act on your behalf for absentee voting or voter registration must be submitted with the application.

Voting by citizens who have never lived in the U.S.

A U.S. citizen who has never resided in the U.S. and whose parents were last domiciled in Alaska is eligible to register to vote as a "Federal voter" and may vote in Alaska.

Voting your ballot

Voted ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day. Ballots mailed from outside the U.S. must be received no later than 10 days after the election for primary elections and no later than 15 days after the general or statewide special elections. Ballots mailed from within the U.S. must be received no later than 10 days after the election.

Voted ballots must be sworn to before either an authorized official or one witness (18 years or older). If you request a ballot by mail, you must return the voted ballot by mail. If you request a ballot by fax you must return the voted ballot by mail or by fax. If you request an online ballot, you must return your ballot either by mail or electronically via upload using the secure online ballot solution. Follow instructions sent with the ballot.

Overseas Uniformed Service members should request to have the Prepaid Mail Label 11-DOD applied to their ballot materials at Military Postal Office locations (APO/FPO). This label provides free express mail service to your local election official for voted ballots mailed on or before the general election date. You retain a portion of the label for tracking your ballot through the U.S. Postal Service.

Tracking your ballot

You may track the status of your ballot at www.elections.alaska.gov/ot.php

Haven't received your ballot? Use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

Alaska allows you to use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) for registration and voting in primary, special, and general elections for Federal, State, judicial offices and ballot propositions. If you have already requested your absentee ballot from Alaska, feel free to use the FWAB to vote any time before an election.

Complete the following blocks of the FWAB's voter declaration/affirmation

Block 1

Alaska allows you to use this form for registration.

Block 2

Select the category that describes you.

Block 3

Name (Last, First, Middle). Enter any former name under which you were registered in Alaska.

Block 4

Provide your date of birth.

Indicate your sex.

Enter your valid Alaska Driver's License number, the last four digits of your Social Security Number OR your Alaska State Identification Card Number.

Block 5

Recommended but not required. Provide your contact information to allow your local election official to follow up if more information is required.

Block 6

If using this form for registration, enter your political party affiliation or write undeclared or non-partisan. Your political party affiliation 30 days before the primary election determines the party ballot you are eligible to receive.

Block 7

Complete street address of your Alaska voting residence. You may provide your street name and house number, highway name and milepost number, building number and street name on a military base, subdivision with lot and block number. Do not use post office box number, highway contact number and box, rural route number, commercial address or mail stop address. If in a rural village you may provide community name as your residence address or describe its location in Block 9.

Block 8

Enter your current mailing address.

Block 9

When initially registering to vote by mail from outside Alaska, you must enclose proof of Alaska residency (such as a copy of a current Alaska Driver's License or a leave and earning statement reflecting Alaska as place of residency) with this application.

Alternatively, if you are an overseas citizen, were last domiciled in Alaska prior to leaving the U.S. and do not intend to return to Alaska as a resident you may register as a "Federal Voter" and participate in only elections for Federal office. To request this option, write: "I wish to register as a Federal voter and was last domiciled in Alaska prior to leaving the U.S." You must provide a copy of your valid passport, card of identity and registration, or other identification issued under the authority of the U.S. Secretary of State with this application.

Affirmation

Sign and date. This form must be sworn to by either an authorized official or before one witness (18 years or older).

Vote your FWAB

To find out the races, candidates and ballot propositions for which you can vote, go to www.elections.alaska.gov. For each office for which you vote, write in either a candidate's name or in a general election, either the candidate's name or a political party designation. For judicial candidates and ballot propositions, write the judicial candidates name or ballot proposition title in the "Office" column and vote with a "Yes" or "No" vote. Once the ballot is complete, fold and place it in the security envelope and seal. Place only the voted ballot in the security envelope and do not write on the security envelope.

How and where to submit your FWAB

If using the FWAB simultaneously as a registration form, ballot request and voted ballot, it must be received by the local election office no later than 30 days before the election. If using the FWAB simultaneously as a ballot request and voted ballot, it must be received by the local election official no later than 10 days before Election Day.

If using the FWAB as a voted ballot only, it must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by the local election office by the ballot return deadline.

If you receive the regular ballot after submitting the voted FWAB, you may also vote and return the regular ballot. If both ballots are received by the deadline, only the regular ballot will be counted.

Alaska allows you to submit the FWAB by mail or fax if you requested your ballot by fax. You cannot submit your FWAB by email.

If you choose to mail your FWAB, insert the sealed security envelope and the Voter's Declaration/Affirmation into the mailing envelope and mail your FWAB directly to:

Absentee Voting Office
619 E. Ship Creek Ave, Suite 329
Anchorage, AK 99501-1677

You may submit the FWAB by fax only if you requested on your application to have your ballot faxed to you. If you choose to fax your FWAB, fax it directly to (907) 677-9943 or toll free within the U.S. at (877) 375-6508. Include ballot, voter affirmation, and cover sheet with secrecy waiver. You may also use the DoD Electronic Transmission Service to fax your FWAB and signed transmittal sheet toll -free. Fax to: (703)693-5527, DSN 223-5527, or toll-free from the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands to 1-800-368- 8683. International toll-free fax numbers can be found on the inside back cover or at FVAP.gov.

Local election offices for all

If you cannot find information for your jurisdiction, please click on the LEO Search to find contact information.

All Mailing Address
All Absentee and Petition Office
619 E. Ship Creek Ave, Ste 329
Anchorage, AK 99501-1677
Phone: 907-375-6400 Fax: 907-677-9943
Email: akabsentee@alaska.gov