What COVID-19 precautions are being taken for in-person voting?
CDC recommendations and Alaska Department of Health & Social Services (DHSS) mandates will be fully implemented at all Polling Places and Absentee Voting locations. These consist of, but are not limited to:
- Encouraging voters to wear some type of facial covering and ask that non-essential people (such as children) not go into the polling place/absentee voting locations. DOE will provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as facial coverings and gloves for voters to use.
- Encouraging voters who have health concerns to vote Absentee By-Mail
- Asking Election Officials to not report to work if they feel ill or have undergone COVID testing and have not received results.
- Election Officials will be required to wear provided PPE such as facial coverings and gloves.
- Election Officials will be required to disinfect all areas throughout the day that are frequently touched such as voting equipment, booths, tables, pens, secrecy sleeves, door handles, light switches, etc.
- Hand sanitizer will be available for voters to use before checking in, when using voting equipment, and when they exit the polling place.
- DOE will provide 6-foot markings in the polling place to promote the CDC recommended social distancing and Election Officials will encourage voters to practice social distancing while standing in line; being checked in; and waiting to place their ballot in the ballot box.
- Election Officials will make every effort to space voting booths six feet apart.
- Election Officials will monitor the number of people in a location at a time, depending on CDC and HSS guidelines.
Lieutenant Governor’s over 65 voting initiative
Lieutenant Governor Kevin Meyer, made a decision to mail all voters over age 65 an APPLICATION for by-mail voting. This was done because this group was identified by the CDC as one of the most vulnerable populations, the initiative is meant to help and encourage those over 65 years old to vote by-mail instead of going to a polling place.
Only absentee ballot applications will be automatically sent to you; actual ballots will not be automatically sent. Once the absentee ballot application is received and processed by the division, a ballot will be scheduled for mailing.
You DO NOT have to vote by-mail if you don’t want to. All voters may choose to vote using any of these available options; in-person at the poling place on Election Day, or at an absentee voting location, by-mail or electronic transmission. Special needs voting is also available for voters, who due to age, illness or a disability are unable to vote in person. Information about voting options is available here.
Things to know if you are over 65 years of age: