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COVID-19 Voting Update: Only voters who are over the age of 65 will be automatically mailed an application to apply for a by-mail ballot. Anyone can apply for an absentee ballot. The witness requirement for absentee ballots will not be enforced for the November 2020 general election. Ballots will still have a spot for witness signatures on them, but it does not need to be filled out.

[updated October 13, 2020]


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Hey Alaska!

If you want to vote in the November presidential elections, first you need to be registered. You can check if you’re already registered using the link in the description.

But, if you still need to register, or you’ve moved or changed your name since the last election you can do that online if you have a valid Alaska driver’s license. If you don’t have one, you’ll either need to print out a form and mail it in, or go in person to a Division of Elections office or the DMV to fill one out, but you’ve got to register by October 4th if you want to vote in November. Once you’re registered, you’ve got a lot of options to vote.

If you’d prefer to vote from the comfort of your own home, you should apply for an absentee ballot by printing out the form at the link below and mailing it in by October 22nd. Then your ballot shows up in the mail and all you have to do is fill it out at your own pace, and send it back. You can also go to and apply to have your ballot faxed to you or sent to you electronically, so all you have to do is make your choices, print out your ballot, and mail it back before November 3rd.

That way, you only have to use one stamp to vote absentee instead of two. Pretty cool, Alaska. If you really want that in person voting experience, though, you can vote starting October 19th at an early voting location, or on November 3rd between am and pm at your polling site.

The locations and times for both early voting and your election day polling place are available online at the link below—they all get published 30 days before election days. You’ll need to bring a photo ID with you, like a driver’s license, state or military ID, birth certificate, passport, or a hunting or fishing license. If you don’t have one of those your polling place should also accept a utility bill, bank statement, or any government-issued document with your name and address on it.

Either way, the election workers at your polling place are there to help you vote, so don’t be afraid to ask questions if you aren’t sure if you have what you need. If you want to be extra prepared, you can find a sample ballot using the link below. It’ll show you every single elected office or ballot measure you’ll be able to vote on.

You don’t have to vote for every single thing on the ballot for it to be counted, but those local elections really do matter. So if you want a chance to do some research on all the candidates, it’s a good idea to look at a sample ballot first. You can even fill it out and bring it to the polls with you, so you can be sure you remember how you want to vote.

One more thing: if you’re gonna vote—open up your notes app or grab a pen and paper and make a plan. Write down when and how you’re going to register, what time you’re gonna go vote, how you’re gonna get there, even who you’re going to bring to the polls with you. Having a plan is a great way to make sure that nothing unexpected stops you from voting on November 3rd.

There will be links for everything you need to check your registration, vote early and find your polling location in the description. Thanks for being a voter. How To Vote in Every State is produced by Complexly in partnership with The MediaWise Voter Project, which is led by The Poynter Institute and supported by Facebook.