Official Election Pamphlet --
Voter Rights / Assistance While Voting
Election Day is Tuesday, September 14, 1999
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.
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.
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.
Magnifying ballot viewers for the visually-impaired will be available at all polling places and
absentee voting sites.
Audio tape recordings of the 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.
If you have difficulty gaining access to your polling place, please let the Division of
Elections know. We are making every effort to ensure that polling places are accessible to
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 August 30 and applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. Alaska Time on
September 13. Please see the section on absentee voting by fax for more
information. That section also has information on absenting voting by mail, voting absentee in
person and absentee voting through a personal representative.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR SPECIAL SERVICES, PLEASE
CONTACT THE REGIONAL ELECTION OFFICE IN YOUR AREA.
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