Lt. Gov. Tells Alaskans: Be Prepared to Cast Your Ballot
October 25, 2012, Anchorage, AK – With twelve days left before Election Day, Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell and the Division of Elections are reminding Alaskans to become familiar with the voting process – where to go, how to cast a ballot, and what the deadlines are for absentee ballot applications.
“Voting is your right as an American, and we’re going to be sure you have all the tools you need to exercise that freedom,” Lt. Governor Treadwell said.
“The Division has worked hard to make the voting process easy and efficient for voters, and we encourage voters to ready themselves for casting a ballot,” Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai said.
The following information will help voters be prepared.
Find your polling place
Because of redistricting this year, many of the precinct boundaries changed. Although few polling places were changed, the boundary of a precinct may have moved, meaning voters in that area are now assigned to a different polling place. Before Election Day, voters are encouraged to find out where their polling place is. Simply call the Division’s polling place locator at 1-888-383-8683 (or 269-8683 in Anchorage), find polling places online at elections.alaska.gov, or scan the QR code on your voter identification card, which leads to a website with polling place information.
Voters are encouraged to go to their assigned polling places on Election Day. Going to a different polling place where your name is not on the register means you will have to vote a questioned ballot, requiring you to fill out extra paperwork, Fenumiai reminds voters.
Be patient and be prepared
The Division of Elections expects a high voter turnout, which means voters may have to wait in line. Being prepared will make the voting process go smoothly for everyone.
“Election workers will process voters as quickly as possible, but I encourage everyone to be patient at the polls,” Treadwell said.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. Voters need to show a piece of identification, unless they are personally known to the election official. Acceptable forms of ID are a driver’s license, state ID card, military ID card, passport, hunting/fishing license, signed voter ID card, or other current or valid photo ID such as a student ID. Voters may also use a current utility bill, pay check, bank statement, or government check as long as it has their name and current address on it.
After showing ID, voters will be asked to sign their names on the precinct register and will then be given a ballot. It’s important to remember to completely fill in the oval next to your choice. Voters can ask the election official for a replacement ballot if they make a mistake in marking their ballot
If an eligible voter has not registered at least 30 days prior to the election, they can still vote for president and vice president on a questioned ballot. Alaska has same-day registration during presidential elections.
You can vote by absentee ballot and before Election Day
Voters can also vote an absentee in-person ballot now until the election at numerous absentee voting locations throughout the state. A list of absentee voting locations is available on the Division’s website.
To get a ballot in the mail, voters must apply by October 27th. Voters may also apply to receive a ballot electronically now through 5:00pm on November 5th, if no other voting methods are available. Applications for an absentee ballot by mail or by electronic delivery are available online at elections.alaska.gov.