August 21
Statewide Primary Election Day


Permanent Fund Dividend Automatic Voter Registration

The division has received questions from voters about the implementation of the PFDAVR initiative passed by voters in 2016 and misinformation being spread by false reports about how it works. Alaska voters are encouraged to read our Frequently Asked Questions page to see how the division has been implementing the law as it is written.

"There is nothing more important to us than the integrity of our elections and our team is dedicated to making sure voters are receiving accurate information."
– Josie Bahnke, Division Director

The August 21 Primary Election is fast approaching!

Check out our video and participate in the election.

Division Recaps First Half of 2018 in Newsletter

The Division of Elections released a newsletter highlighting projects DOE has been working on for 2018. Topics include: Continued implementation of the Permanent Fund Dividend Automatic Voter Registration initiative, language assistance efforts, funding to replace the state’s aging voting equipment and more. Click here to read the newsletter.

2018 State Elections To Be Conducted Under Precinct-Based System

To our Alaska voters, we’ve heard some misleading reports circulating about how we will be conducting the 2018 state elections so we’re setting the record straight. We’ve received a number of questions about whether or not state elections will be carried out this year through the Vote By Mail system used by the Municipality of Anchorage in April. The answer is no and here’s why:

To change the existing precinct-based system for state elections would require legislation making ...significant modifications to state statutes such as AS 15.20.800. Voting by mail. (a) “The director may conduct an election by mail if it is held at a time other than when the general, party primary, or municipal election is held.” Based on this and other state statutes, the Division of Elections (DOE) will be conducting the 2018 elections as vote in person at a precinct voting location with early and absentee voting opportunities.

Anyone who wishes to receive their ballot through the mail has the option to do so for the 2018 elections provided they apply to receive an Absentee Ballot by the following deadlines:

Primary Election: August 11
General Election: October 27

All early and absentee voting opportunities can be located here page.

Alaska Releases New Ballot Style

In light of the recent Supreme Court decision, the Division of Elections has released the following Primary Ballot examples: Combined Ballot
Republican Ballot

For more information on changes to the 2018 Primary, see our frequently asked questions page.

Alaska Election Security FAQ

Cyber scans on state election systems have been in the news lately.

Voter Assistance

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Voters With Disabilities

Find accessible versions of forms and applications, audio versions of ballot measures and candidate statements, and voter registration and informational videos with ASL interpretation.

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Language Assistance

Information about the language assistance program and election information in Tagalog, Spanish, Yup’ik, Siberian Yupik, Iñupiaq/Inupiaq, Koyukon Athabascan, and Gwich’in Athabascan

Election Calendar

8.13 2018

Deadline for a REAA Declaration of Candidacy sent by mail to be received

8.14 2018

Deadline for Absentee Review Boards to begin reviewing absentee ballot envelopes


8.15 2018

Deadline to withdraw as a candidate for the 2018 REAA Election

8.15 2018

Deadline for candidates to change how their name appears on the REAA ballot