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 State 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 registering to vote in Alaska for the first time and are registering by mail, fax, or email you must verify your identity either when registering to vote or when voting for the first time. If you choose to verify your identification when registering to vote, you must submit a copy of one of the following IDs:

  • A current and valid photo identification

  • A state-issue driver’s license or ID card

  • A U.S. passport

  • Birth certificate

  • Hunting and fishing license

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 above 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 or 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.  If a provisional ballot is rejected or partially accepted, the voter will receive a letter in the mail with an explanation.

By Mail


  • Voters 65 and older will automatically receive an absentee ballot application. All other voters who want to vote absentee will need to fill out an absentee ballot application.

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

  • Online absentee ballot application form: https://absenteeballotapplication.alaska.gov/AbsenteeRegistration/RegistrationDetails?haveValidAKDL=false

  • PDF absentee ballot application form: https://www.elections.alaska.gov/doc/forms/C06C.pdf

  • Local officials can also be contacted for absentee ballot application forms. 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 aged 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.

  • Online application form for requesting a ballot by fax or electronic transmission: https://absenteeballotapplication.alaska.gov/

  • PDF application form for requesting a ballot by fax or electronic transmission: https://www.elections.alaska.gov/doc/forms/C07GE.pdf

  • 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 https://www.elections.alaska.gov/Core/votingbyonline.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