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Presidential Candidates

The statutes of the State of Alaska do not provide access to the Primary Election ballot for candidates for President and Vice President of the United States and Alaska does not conduct a Presidential Primary Election. Candidates for President and Vice President are only on Alaska's General Election ballot. Candidates may obtain access to Alaska's ballot in four different ways as listed below.

Being nominated by the national committee of a recognized political party

The national committees of political parties in the State of Alaska select their Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates in a manner prescribed by their party bylaws.

The recognized political parties are responsible for sending the Division of Elections their official certificate of nomination with the names of their respective candidates for Alaska's General Election ballot no later than the withdrawal deadline for the November General Election, which is the 48th day prior to the election. For more information about Presidential caucuses for 2016, contact your recognized political parties in Alaska.

Forming a limited political party

As an alternative, a group who has established status with the State of Alaska as a limited political party can also submit names for President and Vice President for the General Election ballot. A limited political party is organized specifically for the purpose of selecting candidates for electors of President and Vice President. Limited political parties are governed by AS 15.30.025. To establish a limited political party, a petition must be submitted to the Division of Elections at least 90 days before a Presidential General Election. It must be signed by qualified voters of the State of Alaska equal to at least one percent of the number of voters who cast ballots for President at the last Presidential General Election. The number of ballots cast for President in the 2012 Presidential General Election was 301,694. Therefore, the number of qualified signatures required on the petition must be at least 3,017.

Download the H21A, H21P, H02 forms to establish a limited political party in the State of Alaska, along with a sample signature page that can be copied and used to accumulate the appropriate number of signatures to establish the party. Each subscriber to the petition must provide their printed name, identifier, signature, date of signature and address. The application, which includes the petition signatures, can be mailed to the Division of Elections.

Filing as an independent candidate



A person may also file as an independent candidate for President of the United States by filing a petition with the Director of Elections not earlier than January 1 of a Presidential election year and no later than the 90th day before a Presidential General Election. The petition must be signed by qualified voters of the state equal in number to at least one percent of the number of voters who cast ballots in an election under AS 15.30.026 for President of the United States at the last Presidential General Election. The number of ballots cast for President in the 2012 Presidential Election was 301,694. Therefore, the number of qualified signatures required on the petition must be at least 3,017. The petition must state that the signers desire the named candidate for President of the United States to appear on the ballot as an independent candidate for President at the next succeeding Presidential General Election.

In order to appear on the ballot, a candidate who has qualified for ballot status under AS 15.30.026(a) shall certify the following information to the Director of Elections September 1 of the year of the Presidential General Election:

AS 15.30.026(b)

(1) the names of the electors for the independent candidate for President of the United States, equal to the number of senators and representatives to which the state is entitled in Congress;

(2) the name of a candidate for Vice-President, selected by the independent candidate; and

(3) the name, Alaska mailing address, and signature of the candidate's state campaign chair, who must be an Alaska resident.

Download the H21B, H21I, H02 forms to file as an independent candidate in the State of Alaska, along with a sample signature page that can be copied and used to accumulate the appropriate number of signatures to establish the party. Each subscriber to the petition must provide their printed name, numerical identifier, signature, date of signature, and address. The application, which includes the petition signatures, can be mailed to the Division of Elections.

Filing as a "write-in" candidate

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Download A34, H25P, H02 forms to file as an Write-In Candidate in the State of Alaska.

2016 Presidential Ballot Access Packet

To view the forms you may download the 2016 Presidential Ballot Access Packet

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