Voter Registration Requirements

  • You need to be a United States citizen
  • You need to be 18 years old within 90 days (and you may vote if you are at least 18).
  • You need to have been a resident of Alaska and of the election district in which you'd like to vote for at least 30 days before the election.
  • You can't be registered to vote in another jurisdiction
  • You can't have been convicted of a felony (unless you've been unconditionally discharged from incarceration, probation, and/or parole).
  • If you're a first-time voter who registers by mail, you're required to submit proof of identification either at the time of registration or when you vote. You can include a copy of your identification with your registration form today! Acceptable forms of ID include: a current utility bill, bank statement, valid photo ID, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.
  • Don't forget -- your state may have additional ID requirements when you go to the polls.
If you have additional questions about voting in Alaska, please contact:

Division of Elections: (907)-465-4611 or (866)-952-8683

Registration Deadline

  • Postmarked by: 30 days before Election Day.

Felony Information

Under Alaska law, if you've been convicted of a disqualifying felony, you can register or re-register to vote when you've completed the terms of your incarceration, probation, and parole. To register, you must show a copy of your discharge papers. You can obtain discharge papers from your probation or parole office. For more information, visit the Alaska Department of Corrections Parole Board.

Information for Students

  • You must be a resident of the state in which you register and vote. If you're a student from Alaska who attends school in another state, you may need to determine whether you're an Alaska resident or a resident of the state where you attend school. The important thing to keep in mind is that you may only cast your vote in one state.
  • Here's what Alaska says about residency: You may register and vote in Alaska if you currently intend to establish a "permanent dwelling" in this state. Alaska law defines "residency" as the place where you have a fixed place to live and that you intend to return to when you're away. You may not lose residency in Alaska solely by reason of being a student at an institution of learning elsewhere.
  • If you determine you're an Alaska resident, but will not be present in this state or will be away from your home district on election day, be sure to check the absentee ballot application requirements and deadlines. In addition, Alaska residents who attend school in-state, but in a different election district, may be eligible to register and vote in the election district where they live while attending school.
  • To determine whether you're a resident of a different state where you attend school, be sure to check that state's residency requirements.

Identification Information

Alaska says that you need to bring ONE of the following forms of identification:
  • signed voter ID card, driver's license, state ID card, or military ID card; or
  • A passport, hunting or fishing license; or
  • Other current or valid photo identification; or
  • Current and valid photo identification; or
  • A current utility bill or pay check (if it includes your name and current address); or
  • A government check or bank statement (if it includes your name and current address); or
  • Other government issued document (if it includes your name and current address)
  • Note: These documents must show your name and current address. An election official may waive the ID requirement if the election official knows the identity of the voter. The ID requirement may not be waived for voters who are first-time voters who initially registered by mail, by fax, or by other approved electronic transmission.

Same Day Registration


Early Voting Information

In Alaska, you don't have to wait until Election Day to vote. You can skip Election Day lines and vote early at a time that's convenient for you.

Vote Early In Person

All voters in Alaska can vote in person before Election Day at designated early voting locations from October 22, 2012 to Election Day.

Vote Early By Mail

You can also vote before Election Day by completing an absentee ballot and submitting it by mail.

First, complete the Online Absentee By-Mail Ballot Application. Alternatively, you may print and complete the Absentee By-Mail Ballot Application and return it to the Absentee and Petition Office. The Absentee and Petition Office must receive your Application no later than 10 days before Election Day.

Your completed absentee ballot must be postmarked by Election Day and received by the Absentee and Petition Office by 10 days after Election Day.

Vote Early By Fax

You can also vote before Election Day by completing an absentee ballot and submitting it by fax.

First, complete the Absentee By-Fax Ballot Application available after 8:00am on October 22, 2012 and submit it to the Absentee and Petition Office by 5:00pm on prior to Election Day.

The Absentee and Petition Office must receive your completed absentee ballot by 8:00pm on Election Day, Election Day.

Secretary of State