How to Register to Vote in Alaska?
Elections in the U.S. are held at federal, state and local levels. Article 1 of the constitution gave states the responsibility of running national polls. Several laws have been passed to ensure that every American has the right to vote. These constitutional amendments include, but are not limited to
- The 15th Amendment gave African-American the right to vote. It was only after 1965 that they cast their vote after the Voting Rights Act eliminated barriers such as poll tax and literacy test.
- The 19th amendment approved in 1920 gave American women the right to vote.
- The 24th amendment of 1964 eliminated poll tax which affected African-Americans to cast a vote
- The 26th amendment lowered the voting age for all elections to 18
How to register to vote
The State of Alaska, Division of Elections maintains the voter registration for applicants in Alaska. An applicant must register to vote or update listing no later than 30 days before an election. Voters cannot log on the day of the election.
To register in Alaska, the applicant should be:
- citizens of the United States
- at least 18 years old within 90 days of completing the registration
- be a resident of Alaska
- not be a convicted felon
- not be registered to vote in another state
Voter registration can be online, paper or in-person.
Online registration: Alaska's online registration website provides voters for registering to vote or update the voter registration. To record using the online voter registration system, the registering voter must have a valid Alaska driver's license or state ID card. The information provided while registering online must match with the information on the Division of Motor Vehicles record.
By mail or fax: To register to vote by mail or fax, all the required information in the State of Alaska Voter Registration Application has to be filled, signed and dated. The application can be requested to be mailed by contacting the Division of Elections. The finished form has to be submitted via mail or fax to the Regional Elections Office. A copy of the applicant's Alaska driver's license, state ID, passport copy or birth certificate copy has to be delivered along with the application.
If the applicant does not have a valid Alaska driver’s license or state ID, he/she can register in-person.
In-person registration: To register in-person, the application is required to complete the Alaska Voter Registration Application, sign and submit it at the Division of Elections office. It can also be submitted at voter’s registration office closest to the applicant’s residence. A copy of the applicant’s identity proof has to be submitted along with the application.
An acknowledgment is sent within two to four weeks after applying. The applicant is not registered to vote until the application is approved. Once the request is processed, a voter registration card will be mailed to the address provided in the application form.
Early voting registration in Alaska
To register in ‘Early voting’, the applicant should be registered in the voter’s database. The registration should be active and current. Early voting is similar to that of voting at the polling place on Election Day. The absentee voting official verifies registered voter's eligibility to vote in the elections before assigning ballots.
Military and overseas registration in Alaska
Alaska military members and their dependents have the option of registering and requesting an absentee ballot by completing a Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Request Federal Post Card Application and submitting it to the county's Division of Elections office.
Voting allows the commoners to choose their representative in the government and create a path to express their opinion in a democratic nation. Every citizen must cast a vote, for their better future.