Voting Guide

Voter Registration Deadline: 30 days before Election Day



  • Republican Presidential Convention Registration Deadline: February 2

  • Republican Presidential Convention: March 3 (Tentative)

  • Democratic Presidential Primary Election Registration Deadline: March 5

  • Democratic Presidential Primary Election: April 4

  • Primary Election (Other Offices) Registration Deadline: July 19

  • Primary Election (Other Offices): August 18

  • General Election Registration Deadline: October 4

  • General Election: November 3

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.


Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.


You may only be registered and vote in one location.

Alaska’s voter registration form asks for your Alaska driver’s license or ID number, your full Social Security Number, or the last four digits of your Social Security Number. Be sure to provide one of these numbers if you have it.

If you are a first-time registrant and intend to vote by mail in your first election, you must also submit a copy of a valid ID with your application. See below for examples of acceptable ID.

A wide range of IDs are acceptable such as:

  • An official voter ID card

  • A state-issued driver’s license of ID card

  • A U.S. passport

  • Hunting or fishing license issued by Alaska

  • Other current photo ID

  • Non-photo ID that includes the voter’s name and address like a utility bill, bank statement, government check, or other government issued documents are also acceptable.


Voters who cannot present an ID may still vote if they are positively identified by an election official, or by casting a provisional ballot. Provisional ballots are counted 15 days after an election, if voting officials can verify that a voter is qualified to vote.

By Mail

  • Any registered Alaska voter may apply to receive an absentee ballot my mail.

  • Contact your local election officials for an absentee ballot application or access the application online at: http://www.elections.alaska.gov/Core/votingbymail.php

  • Mailed absentee ballot applications must be received no later than 10 days before the election. But, if you are registering to vote, or updating your address, name, or party affiliation and requesting an absentee ballot your absentee application must be postmarked at least 30 days prior to the election.

  • Returned absentee ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day.

  • Your returned absentee ballot must be accompanied by a notarized affidavit (which comes with the ballot). If you’re unable to get a notary, you may get the affidavit signed by one witness 18 years or older.


By Electronic Transmission

  • Voters may request to receive a ballot by fax or electronic transmission for primary, general, and statewide special elections.

  • You may apply for an electronic transmission ballot until 5 p.m. the day before the election.

  • Electronically received ballots must be signed by a witness aged 18 years or older or an authorized official like a notary public.

  • You can return your completed ballot by mail or fax. Mailed ballots must be postmarked before or on election day. Faxed ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on election day.

  • More information can be found at http://www.elections.alaska.gov/Core/votingbeforeelectionday.php


Early In-Person


Election Day

  • Voting sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by closing time, you have the right to cast a ballot.

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:

  • Federal Financial Aid

    • Where you register to vote won’t affect federal financial aid like Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA

  • Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes

    • Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes

  • Tuition Status

    • Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community


Will registering to vote in Alaska affect my driver’s license or car registration?

  • Alaska law requires a nonresident to register his or her vehicle when “the person becomes gainfully employed in the state or takes action that indicates an intention to acquire residence in the state.” A full-time nonresident student must register his or her vehicle when he or she “establishes residence or accepts full-time employment in the state.” Nonresidents must obtain an Alaska driver’s license within 90 days of entering the state.  For more information on whether registering to vote triggers these requirements, contact the Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed North Carolina legal professional.
Last updated March 2019