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State of Alaska
Division of Elections
1998 Official Election Pamphlet
Voter Rights and Assistance



The polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on November 3. The following information explains basic voting rights and will help voters with special needs.

ASSISTANCE WHILE VOTING:
If you have difficulty voting because of a physical disability or handicap, difficulty reading or writing English, or for any other reason, you may bring someone to help you at the polls. The person you bring may go into the voting booth with you and help you vote. This person may be an election official, family member, friend, bystander, campaign worker, and anyone else who is not your employer, agent of your employer, or officer or agent of your union. This is your right under federal law.

NON-ENGLISH-SPEAKING VOTERS:
Bilingual assistance is available at many polling places throughout the state. Let the Division of Elections know ahead of time if you will need this service when you vote.

HEARING-IMPAIRED VOTERS:
The Division of Elections has a TTY telecommunications device to allow hearing-impaired voters to get general information about elections by calling (907) 465-3020.

VISUALLY-IMPAIRED VOTERS:
Magnifying ballot viewers for the visually-impaired will be available at all polling places and absentee voting sites. Audio tape recordings of the 1998 Official Election Pamphlet are available from the Alaska State Library for the Blind and Visually Handicapped, located in Anchorage. Telephone the library at (907) 269-6575 for information.

PHYSICALLY-DISABLED VOTERS:
If you have difficulty gaining access to your polling place, please let the Divison of Elections know. We are making every effort to ensure that polling places are handicapped-accessible.

EMERGENCY ABSENCES:
If you are unable to vote at your polling place on Election Day and did not have time to apply for an absentee by mail ballot, you may be able to vote by fax. The application period for voting by fax begins on October 19 and applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. Alaska Time on November 2. Click on Absentee Voting for more information on all types of absentee voting.

If you have questions, or would like more information about our special services, please contact any regional office of the Division of Elections:


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