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Voting Guide

Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

Voter Registration Deadline: 30 days before Election Day

For more information on 2023 local elections, please contact your local elections officials or visit the following page for municipal election and registration deadline dates:

Official Election Websites

More election information available at:

Online voter registration available at:

Mail-in PDF voter registration form available at: 

Register at School or Home

Students have a decision about where to register to vote.

You have a right to register to vote at the address you consider the place where you live, whether that is your family's home or the place where you attend school. You should update your registration anytime this home address changes.

You may only be registered and vote in one location.

What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?

Alaska’s voter registration form asks for your Alaska driver’s license number, 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. The online voter registration form requires an Alaska driver's license or state ID number.

What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

Voters who appear to vote in person during the early voting period or on Election Day must show 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 current address like a current 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.

Where Do I Vote?

Make a plan. Look up your voting site at 

How Can I Vote?

By Mail

Any registered Alaska voter may apply to receive an absentee ballot by mail. Applications requesting delivery of an absentee ballot by mail must be received no later than 10 days before Election Day. You may apply for an absentee ballot by using the online absentee application form or by filling out the paper application form and returning it to the Absentee Office by mail, fax, or email.

Online absentee ballot application form:

PDF absentee ballot application form:

Returned absentee ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received no later than 10 days after Election Day.

Your returned absentee ballot envelope must be signed by a witness who is at least 18 years old.

By Electronic Transmission

Voters may request an electronically transmitted ballot be sent by fax or online delivery for primary, general, and statewide special elections. You may apply for fax or online ballot delivery beginning 15 days before each election and must submit application by 5:00 pm the day before Election Day.

You may apply for an electronic transmission ballot online or via a mail-in PDF application form at the following link:

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 is available at:

Early In-person

Voters may vote early in person at specific voting locations beginning 15 days before Election Day.

Early voting dates, times, and locations can be found at:

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.

Common Questions/Concerns

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?

Registering to vote in Alaska does not necessarily affect your driver's license or car registration. However, as a new resident of Alaska, you may be required to make changes to your driver's license or car registration regardless of whether your register to vote there. You may wish to contact the Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein to be used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed Alaska legal professional.


Last updated June 2023

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