Alaska is a no excuse absentee voting state. Anyone may apply to receive an absentee ballot by fax. The option to receive a ballot by fax is only available during primary, general and statewide special elections.
You may apply for a by-fax ballot starting January 1st of each year an election is scheduled. Visit our Election Dates and Hours web page for dates of upcoming elections.
The Absentee Ballot Application will register you to vote or update your voting record when you apply for a by-fax ballot.
When registering to vote or updating your registration, you must provide an Alaska residence address.
You may maintain your Alaska residence address as it appears on your current record or at the address that you resided at prior to leaving Alaska if you are temporarily out of state and have intent to return. Active members of the Uniformed Services, Merchant Marine, commissioned corps and spouses are exempt from the intent to return requirement.
When completing your application, be sure to select your military or overseas status, check the box to receive a ballot by fax and provide your fax number.
Have you already completed an absentee ballot application? If so, you may check the status of your application and the status of your ballot at our My Voter Information webpage.
Your completed application requesting a by-fax ballot must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. Alaska Standard Time the day prior to Election Day.
When registering to vote for the first time, your application must be postmarked or received 30 days before Election Day.
When updating your party affiliation or residence address, your application must be postmarked or received 30 days before Election Day for those changes to be eligible for an election.
In a presidential election, you may register to vote and participate in the presidential race so long as your completed application and supporting documentation is received no later than 5:00 p.m. Alaska Standard Time the day prior to Election Day.
Ballots are faxed to active Uniformed Service, Merchant Marines, Commissioned Corps members, spouses and dependents and U.S. citizens temporarily or permanently living overseas beginning 45 days prior to each Primary and General Election Day.
How to Vote Your By-Fax Ballot
You will be faxed a ballot, a Voter Certificate and Identification sheet and instructions.
Vote your ballot by filling in the ovals next to your choices.
In the presence of your witness, sign your Voter Certificate and Identification sheet and provide at least ONE identifier.
A witness must be someone 18 years of age or older or an authorized official (Notary Public, municipal clerk, postal official, or any other official authorized and willing to administer the oath).
You may choose to return your ballot by mail or return it by fax:
When returning the ballot by mail, you will be provided with instructions and address information to return your voted ballot and completed Voter Certificate and Identification sheet. The return ballot envelope must be postmarked on or before Election Day. Returning your ballot by mail will maintain the secrecy of your voted ballot. When returning your ballot by mail, it must be postmarked on or before Election Day.
When returning the ballot by fax, you will be provided with instructions and a return fax number to return your voted ballot and Voter Certificate and Identification sheet. BOTH Voter Certificate and Identification sheet and ballot must be received on or before 8:00 p.m. Alaska Standard Time on Election Day. When returning a ballot by fax, you are voluntarily waiving your right to a secret ballot and are assuming the risk that a faulty transmission may occur.