Voting at the Polls on Election Day
Present Identification and Sign the Precinct Register
When entering your polling place, the election worker will ask you for a piece of identification. The following documents may be used for identification:
- signed voter ID card, driver's license, state ID card, or military ID card;
- passport, hunting or fishing license; or
- other current or valid photo identification.
You may also present one of the following forms of identification if it includes your name and current address:
- current utility bill or pay check;
- government check or bank statement; or
- other government issued document.
After presenting identification, you will sign your name on the precinct register. When doing this, check your residence address listed. If your residence address is incorrect, tell the election worker and vote a questioned ballot. This will allow the Division of Elections to update your voter registration record with your correct residence address
If you do not have identification or your name does not appear on the precinct register, you must vote a questioned ballot.
Receive and Mark Your Ballot
After you have signed the precinct register, you will be given a ballot. During a Primary Election, you will be informed of your ballot choices based upon your political affiliation 30 days prior to Election Day.
When voting the ballot, completely fill in the oval next to your choice. You only have to mark the races or issues you choose to vote. If you mark more than one choice in a race or issue, that section of the ballot will NOT be counted. The sections of the ballot that are properly marked will be counted.
If you make a mistake marking your ballot, do not erase or correct the ballot. You should return the mismarked ballot to an election worker and request a new ballot. You may receive up to two replacement ballots.
Place Your Ballot in the Ballot Box
After marking your ballot, you will place your ballot into the ballot box. Once your ballot has been placed into the ballot box, your vote has been cast and you cannot be issued another ballot.
Language and Other Voting Assistance While Voting
If you need assistance at any stage of the voting process, our election workers can help you or you may have a person of your choice provide any needed assistance as long as that person is not a candidate for office in the election, is not your employer, agent of your employer or agent of your union. Assistance may be provided during each step of the voting process, including assistance inside the voting booth with reading or marking the ballot. The Division of Elections provides a variety of services. For additional information on voter assistance, visit our
Voter Accessibility and Assistance web site.
The Division of Elections provides language assistance for Alaska Native, Filipino (Tagalog) and Spanish voters who have limited English proficiency through the use of bilingual election workers and interpreters. For additional information on language assistance, visit our Language Assistance web site.
Instructions and Sample Ballots
Voting instructions and sample ballots are available at each polling place. Do not hesitate to ask for instructions or information before voting.
Touch Screen Voting Option
During federal elections, there is one touch screen voting unit in each polling place. Touch screen voting is intended for the blind, disabled and voters with reading difficulties. Alaska's touch screen voting units allow disabled voters to vote unassisted through the use of a magnified, high contrast and audio ballot. If you need to vote using a touch screen unit, ask an election worker for this voting option.
Campaigning Prohibited Near Polls
Alaska law prohibits campaigning within 200 feet of any entrance to a polling place during the hours the polls are open. This means you may not discuss or display campaign items for candidates or issues appearing on the ballot in the polling place or within 200 feet while voting is taking place.