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.
The electronic transmission application will be used to update your voting record if you provide new information.
You may apply for a ballot by fax starting 15 days before each Election Day. Visit our Election Dates and Hours web page for dates of upcoming elections.
For the August 21, 2018 Primary Election, the Electronic Transmission Application will be posted on or before 8:00 a.m. on Monday, August 6, 2018.
For the November 6, 2018 General Election, the Electronic Transmission Application will be posted on or before 8:00 a.m. on Monday, October 22, 2018.
Your completed application, must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. Alaska Standard Time the day before Election Day.
You will need access to a fax machine to receive your ballot. Your ballot and voting instructions will be faxed to you within 24 to 48 hours after receipt of your application.
Active Uniformed Services, Merchant Marine, commissioned corps, eligible spouses and dependents and U.S. citizens residing outside the U.S. permanently or temporarily, may apply for an electronic transmission at any time during a calendar year by completing the Absentee Ballot Application. Ballots will be faxed to you beginning 45 days prior to Election Day.
In a presidential election, you may register to vote and participate in the presidential race but you will also need to complete a Voter Registration Application and submit it with your electronic transmission application.
Have you already completed an electronic transmission application? If so, you may check the status of your application and the status of your ballot at our My Voter Information webpage.
For additional assistance, contact the Absentee and Petition Office.
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.
Have your signature witnessed by someone 18 years of age or older or by 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.