Election Calendar

Date Event Notes Reference
1/1/2020 New Year's Day - Offices Closed.
1/1/2020 Starting date for Absentee Application filing. Absentee ballot applications may be filed today for all 2020 elections. AS 15.20.081(b),(i), 42 U.S.C.
1/20/2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday - Offices Closed. AS 44.12.010
1/21/2020 First day of the Second Legislative Session for the 31st Legislature. First Day of the Second Legislative Session for the 31st Legislature. AS 24.05.090
1/21/2020 Deadline for initiatives to be filed for 2020 ballot Initiative petition filing deadline of 1:00pm, prior to the Legislature convening, to appear on the 2020 ballot. AS 15.45.150 AS 15.45.190
2/17/2020 President's Day - Offices Closed. AS 44.12.010
3/8/2020 Registration deadline for the MOA election. (MUNI)
3/8/2020 Daylight Savings Time. Spring forward - lose 1 hour. Begins on the second Sunday in March and ends the first Sunday in November.
3/30/2020 Seward's Day - Offices Closed. AS 44.12.010
4/7/2020 Municipality Of Anchorage (MOA) regular election. (MUNI)
4/12/2020 Easter Sunday.
4/15/2020 Deadline for parties to submit names of Election Workers. Deadline for parties to submit names of Election Workers. Political parties may submit two names per precinct. AS 15.10.120(b)
4/19/2020 90th Day of Session. 90th Day of Session. Adjournment Day per Alaska Statutes. Alaska Constitution allows for 120 Day Legislative session. AS 24.05.150 Constitution Art. II, Sec. 8
4/19/2020 Last day Legislature to adjourn for measure to appear on primary. Last day for the Legislature to adjourn for a ballot measure to appear on the primary ballot. If the Legislature adjourns after this date, ballot measures will be on the General election ballot. (2020 PRIMARY ELECTION) AS 15.45.190
5/19/2020 120th Legislative day if extended.
5/25/2020 Memorial Day - Offices Closed. AS 44.12.010
5/31/2020 Deadline for groups to submit an application for recognized status. Statutory deadline is May 31. Deadline for a political group to file their bylaws and an application to become a recognized political party if they have met the qualifications in AS 15.80.010(25). If they meet the qualifications and submit the appropriate information, they will be considered a recognized political party for ballot access in the 2020 election. AS 15.80.008 AS 80.010(25)
6/1/2020 Candidate filing deadline for party candidates. (2020 PRIMARY ELECTION) AS 15.25.040
6/1/2020 Candidate filing deadline for no-party candidates. (2020 GENERAL ELECTION) AS 15.25.040
6/1/2020 Deadline for the Director to designate Early Voting Sites. Director must designate EV sites for the upcoming elections by June 1 of an election year. AS 15.20.064(d)
6/11/2020 Deadline to receive complaints about the eligibility of a candidate. Deadline to receive complaints about the eligibility of a candidate. Must be received by 5:00pm AST. (2020 PRIMARY ELECTION) AS 15.25.042 6AAC 25.260(a)
6/11/2020 Deadline to receive complaints about the eligibility of a candidate. Deadline to receive complaints about the eligibility of a candidate. Must be received by 5:00pm AST. (2020 GENERAL ELECTION) AS 15.25.042 6AAC 25.260(a)
6/16/2020 Deadline to receive declaration in its entirety from faxed candidacy filing. Deadline to receive declaration in its entirety from faxed candidacy filing. (2020 PRIMARY ELECTION) AS 15.25.040
6/16/2020 Deadline to receive declaration in its entirety from faxed candidacy filing. Deadline to receive declaration in its entirety from faxed candidacy filing. (2020 GENERAL ELECTION) AS 15.25.040
6/22/2020 Candidates must file OEP statements 30 days before statutory deadline for those statements to be translated (US Senate, US Rep, State Senate, State Rep). Deadline for candidates for federal/statewide offices, candidates for US Senator, US Representative, State Senator, State Representative to file their Official Election Pamphlet materials for translation into the appropriate Alaska Native language to assist limited English proficient Alaska Native Voters. (2020 GENERAL ELECTION) 6AAC 25.720
6/29/2020 Deadline for party replacement candidates. If an unopposed incumbent candidate for renomination dies, becomes disqualified or is certified as being incapacitated between June 1 and more than 54 days before the primary election, a party petition must be filed within 14 days after death, disqualification or incapacity or 52 days before the election whichever is earlier. (2020 PRIMARY ELECTION) AS 15.25.056
6/29/2020 Candidate withdrawal deadline for party candidates. (2020 PRIMARY ELECTION) AS 15.25.055, 6AAC 25.210
6/29/2020 Deadline for ballot name changes. (2020 PRIMARY ELECTION) 6AAC 25.212
6/30/2020 Ballot is certified. (2020 PRIMARY ELECTION)
7/1/2020 Target date to post sample ballots to the website. (2020 PRIMARY ELECTION)
7/3/2020 Independence Day Observed - Offices Closed. (2020 PRIMARY ELECTION) AS 44.12.010
7/4/2020 Deadline to mail ballots for any ballot requests received from UOCAVA and advance remote ballots voters by this date. UOCAVA voter's whose application was received by the division on Saturday, July 4th must be sent a ballot by this date. (2020 PRIMARY ELECTION) Federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act
7/6/2020 Deadline for judicial retention candidates to file their Official Election Pamphlet materials. Deadline for judicial retention candidates to file their Official Election Pamphlet materials for translation into the appropriate Alaska Native language to assist limited English proficient Alaska Native voters. (2020 GENERAL ELECTION)
7/7/2020 State Review Board begins testing. State Review Board tests memory cards with test decks. (2020 PRIMARY ELECTION) AS 15.20.900 6AAC 25.045
7/15/2020 Deadline for political party submissions for OEP. (2020 GENERAL ELECTION) AS 15.58.040(a)
7/15/2020 Deadline for REAA's to notify the Director of vacancies. (2020 REAA ELECTION) 6AAC 27.015
7/18/2020 Offices open for voter registration 10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Date is Saturday prior to registration deadline. (2020 PRIMARY ELECTION)
7/19/2020 Offices open for voter registration 12 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Date is Sunday prior to registration deadline. (2020 PRIMARY ELECTION)
7/19/2020 Deadline for Regions to appoint A & Q board members. (2020 PRIMARY ELECTION) AS 15.20.190
7/19/2020 Deadline for voters to register to vote or update their registration. (2020 PRIMARY ELECTION) AS 15.07.010, AS 15.07.070(d), AS 15.25.060(b)
7/22/2020 Deadline for party and no-party candidates submit OEP materials. (2020 GENERAL ELECTION) AS 15.58.030(b)
8/1/2020 Deadline for judges seeking retention to file for office. (2020 GENERAL ELECTION) AS 15.35.040; 55; 070; 110; AS 39.50.020
8/3/2020 Absentee In Person, Early Vote, electronic transmission and Special Needs voting begins. (2020 PRIMARY ELECTION) AS 15.20.045 AS 15.20.061 - 081 6 AAC 25.500
8/3/2020 Candidate OEP pages posted on website.
8/5/2020 Deadline for Independent Presidential candidates to file a petition. 90 days before a Presidential General Election. (2020 GENERAL ELECTION) AS 15.30.026
8/5/2020 Deadline for Limited Political Parties to submit petition to have a candidate on the ballot for President. 90 days before a Presidential General Election. (2020 GENERAL ELECTION) AS 15.30.025
8/7/2020 Deadline for Candidates to file for 20REAA. Filings submitted in person or via fax must be received by close of business, 5pm. Declarations that are mailed must be postmarked by 8/7/20 and received by 8/17/20. (2020 REAA ELECTION) 6 AAC 27.035(b)
8/7/2020 Deadline to receive OEP materials from judges and judicial council. Statutory deadline is August 7th. (2020 GENERAL ELECTION) AS 15.58.050
8/8/2020 Deadline to receive absentee by-mail applications. Absentee Office is open. (2020 PRIMARY ELECTION) AS 15.20.081(b)
8/11/2020 Absentee Review Boards begins review of absentee ballot env. (2020 PRIMARY ELECTION) AS 15.20.201(a)
8/12/2020 Last day to receive complaints of the eligibility of candidates. (2020 REAA ELECTION) 6 AAC 27.037
8/15/2020 Regional Offices open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. for Absentee and Early Voting. (2020 PRIMARY ELECTION)
8/16/2020 Regional Offices open 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. for Absentee and Early Voting. (2020 PRIMARY ELECTION)
8/17/2020 Deadline for a REAA Declaration of Candidacy to be received by mail. Candidate can be certified if the candidate qualifies and the Declaration is postmarked by 8/7/20. (2020 REAA ELECTION) 6 AAC 27.035(b) 6 AAC 27.120
8/17/2020 Deadline to receive absentee electronic transmission ballot applications. 5:00pm Alaska Standard Time Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Alaska Time. (2020 PRIMARY ELECTION) AS 15.20.081(b)
8/18/2020 Deadline for ballots returned by mail to be postmarked. Absentee ballots returned by mail must be postmarked on or before Election Day. (2020 PRIMARY ELECTION) AS 15.20.081(e)
8/18/2020 Deadline is 8:00pm AST for electronic transmission ballots being returned by fax to be received. (2020 PRIMARY ELECTION) AS 15.20.066(1)
8/18/2020 Deadline for ballots being returned by electronic transmission to be received. For voters who requested electronic transmission ballots, and who choose to return their voted ballot back by electronic transmission, ballots must be received by 8:00 p.m. Alaska Time. (2020 PRIMARY ELECTION) AS 15.20.066(1)
8/18/2020 Deadline for no-party candidates to file nominating petition signatures. Deadline is election day and signatures must be received by 5:00 p.m. Alaska time. Signatures submitted by mail must be postmarked by this date before 5:00 p.m. (2020 GENERAL ELECTION) AS 15.25.150
8/18/2020 PRIMARY ELECTION DAY. Polls open from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. Date is set as the third Tuesday in August of even numbered years. First results posted on the web after 9 p.m. (2020 PRIMARY ELECTION) AS 15.25.020
8/19/2020 Withdrawal deadline for REAA candidates. (2020 REAA ELECTION) 6 AAC 27.035(e)
8/20/2020 Ballot Certified. (2020 REAA ELECTION)
8/20/2020 Questioned Review Boards begin their review. (2020 PRIMARY ELECTION) AS 15.20.205(a)
8/24/2020 SRB tests REAA memory cards with test decks. (2020 REAA ELECTION)
8/25/2020 State Review Board begins reviews of election materials. August 25-30, must be done in time for the withdrawal deadline on August 31st. (2020 PRIMARY ELECTION) AS 15.20.220
8/26/2020 SRB Handcount Team conducts verification. 8/26 to 8/28. (2020 PRIMARY ELECTION) AS 15.15.430 6AAC 25.068
8/28/2020 Deadline to receive absetee ballots mailed from within the U.S., U.S. territories of Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa AND from overseas. Ballots must be postmarked by 8/18/20 to be eligible. (2020 PRIMARY ELECTION) AS 15.20.081(e)
8/30/2020 Deadline for candidates for President and Vice President to file OEP documents. Statutory deadline is 8/30 for Pres. V. Pres. candidates to fil photographs, statements advocating their candidcacy and the appropriate fee in the Division of Elections office by this date to be printed in the OEP. (2020 GENERAL ELECTION) AS 15.58.030(a)
8/30/2020 Deadline for presidential candidates to submit OEP materials. Deadline for presidential candidates to submit OEP materials. (18 GENR)
8/31/2020 Deadline for recognized political parties to submit official certificate of nomination for Presidential candidates. (2020 GENERAL ELECTION)
8/31/2020 Deadline for recognized political parties to fill a vacancy. Political parties must submit party petitions, to fill vacancies left by party candidates nominated at the Primary Election. (2020 GENERAL ELECTION) AS 15.25.110
8/31/2020 Withdrawal deadline for General Election candidates. Notice must be in writing and received by close of business. (2020 GENERAL ELECTION) AS 15.25.200 AS 15.35.135 6 AAC 25.210(b)
9/1/2020 Deadline for political parties and qualified independent candidates to submit names of electors. (2020 GENERAL ELECTION) AS 15.30.020 AS 15.30.026(b)
9/2/2020 Deadline to receive nominating petition signatures that were mailed. Signatures sent by registered or certified mail and postmarked by 5:00pm on 8/18/20 must be received within 15 days of the postmark. (2020 GENERAL ELECTION) AS 15.25.150
9/4/2020 Deadline to receive an application for recount within 5 days. If certification occurs on date planned, otherwise adjust the recount deadline if certification occurs earlier or later than the targeted date. A defeated candidate or 10 qualified voters may file a recount application. The application must be filed within five days for all offices and propositions after the completion of the SRB following a Primary Election. Recounts are held within five days of receipt of application. (2020 PRIMARY ELECTION) AS 15.20.430
9/6/2020 Deadline for voters to register to vote or update their registration. This is also the registration deadline for Municipal Elections held on October 6, 2020. (2020 REAA ELECTION) AS 15.07.010 AS 15.07.070 c-d
9/7/2020 Labor Day - Offices Closed AS 44.12.010
9/9/2020 State Review Board begins memory card testing. Sep 9 - Sept 14 (2020 GENERAL ELECTION) AS 15.20.900 6 AAC 25.045
9/9/2020 Deadline for an election contest to be filed in superior court. Contest must be filed within 10 days after the completion of the State Review. (2020 PRIMARY ELECTION) AS 15.20.540 AS 15.20.550
9/14/2020 Deadline to mail ballots to voters in by-mail sections and all by-mail ballots. AS 15.20.800(c)
9/18/2020 Target date to begin sending absentee ballots to military members, spouses and dependents and overseas U.S. citizens ballots and to mail the remote Alaska advance ballot to voters. Target date to begin sending absentee ballots to military members, spouses and dependents and overseas U.S. citizens ballots and to mail the remote Alaska advance ballot to voters. (2020 GENERAL ELECTION)
9/19/2020 Deadline to mail ballots for any ballot requests received from UOCAVA and advance remote ballots voters by this date. UOCAVA voter's whose application was received by the division on Saturday, Sept. 19 must be sent a ballot by this date. (2020 GENERAL ELECTION) Federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act
9/21/2020 Deadline for Regions to appoint 4 members to A & Q Boards. (2020 REAA ELECTION) 6 AAC 27.060(a)
9/21/2020 Deadline to appoint State Review Board Members. (2020 REAA ELECTION) 6 AAC 27.070
9/21/2020 Absentee in-person and special needs voting begins for REAA. (2020 REAA ELECTION) AS 15.20.045 AS 15.20.061 6 AAC 27.050(b)
9/26/2020 Deadline to receive absentee by-mail applications for REAA. (2020 REAA ELECTION) 6 AAC 27.050(a)
10/1/2020 Deadline for write-in candidate to submit a letter of intent. (2020 REAA ELECTION) AS 15.25.105(c) 6 AAC 27.036
10/3/2020 Offices open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. for registration. (2020 GENERAL ELECTION)
10/4/2020 Deadline for voters to register to vote or update their registration. (2020 GENERAL ELECTION) AS 15.05.010 AS 15.07.070 c,d
10/4/2020 Offices open 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. for registration. (2020 GENERAL ELECTION)
10/6/2020 REAA ELECTION DAY. Polls open 8am to 8pm. (2020 REAA ELECTION) AS 14.08.071(b) 6 AAC 27.010
10/6/2020 Deadline for by-mail ballots to be postmarked. Deadline is election day and ballots must be postmarked by this date to be eligible. (2020 REAA ELECTION) AS 15.20.081(e)
10/8/2020 Questioned Review Boards begin their review. (2020 REAA ELECTION) AS 15.20.205(a)
10/9/2020 Target date to begin mailing absentee by-mail ballots to all voters. (2020 GENERAL ELECTION)
10/12/2020 Federal Holiday - Indigenous Peoples Day (Columbus Day). Second Monday in October - State offices are open.
10/12/2020 Deadline for OEPs to be mailed to voters all voters in all languages. (2020 GENERAL ELECTION) AS 15.58.080(a)
10/16/2020 Deadline to receive by-mail ballots mailed from within the U.S. Ballots must be postmarked by 10/6/20 to be eligible. (2020 REAA ELECTION) AS 15.20.081(e)
10/19/2020 Alaska Day Observed- Offices usually closed but will be open for absentee and early voters. AS 44.12.010
10/19/2020 Absentee In Person, EV, electronic transmission and Special Needs voting begins. (2020 GENERAL ELECTION) AS 15.20.045 AS 15.20.061 - .081 6 AAC 25.500
10/19/2020 Deadline for OEP candidate pages to be posted on the web. (2020 GENERAL ELECTION) AS 15.58.030
10/21/2020 State Review Board begins review of election materials. Oct 21 - Oct 23 (2020 REAA ELECTION) 6 AAC 27.070
10/21/2020 Deadline to receive by-mail ballots mailed from overseas addresses. Ballots must be postmarked by 10/6/20 to be eligible. (2020 REAA ELECTION) AS 15.20.81(h)
10/23/2020 Target date to certify the REAA Election. (2020 REAA ELECTION) 6AAC 27.080 6AAC 27.130
10/24/2020 Deadline to receive absentee by-mail applications. Absentee Office is open. (2020 GENERAL ELECTION) AS 15.20.081(b)
10/27/2020 Absentee Review Boards begin review of absentee ballots. (2020 GENERAL ELECTION) AS 15.20.201(a)
10/28/2020 Deadline for the division to receive an application for recount. A defeated candidate or 10 qualified voters may file a recount application. The application must be filed within 5 days after the completion of the SRB. The recount will be held within five days. (2020 REAA ELECTION) AS 15.20.430
10/29/2020 Deadline for write-in candidates to submit a letter of intent. This only applies to the REAA or GENERAL elections, as write-in's are not allowed in the Primary Election. - See AS 15.25.070 (2020 GENERAL ELECTION) AS 15.25.105(c)
10/31/2020 Regional Offices open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. for Absentee and Early Voting. (2020 GENERAL ELECTION)
11/1/2020 Regional Offices open 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. for Absentee and Early Voting. (2020 GENERAL ELECTION)
11/1/2020 Fall Back to Standard Time - Gain 1 Hour.
11/2/2020 Deadline for an election contest to be filed in superior court. Contest must be filed within 10 days after the completion of the State Review. (2020 REAA ELECTION) AS 15.20.540 AS 15.20.550
11/2/2020 Deadline to receive absentee by electronic transmission ballot applications. (5:00 PM Alaska Standard Time) Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Alaska Time. (2020 GENERAL ELECTION) AS 15.20.081(b)
11/3/2020 Determination of which Electors will serve on the Electorial College. Electors are chosen by each party to represent the party's presidential candidates. The winning presidential candidates electors will serve on the Electoral College. (2020 GENERAL ELECTION) AS 15.30.050 3 U.S.C. 1.6 U.S. National Archives & Records Administration
11/3/2020 Absentee ballots returned by mail must be postmarked on or before Election Day. (2020 GENERAL ELECTION) AS 15.20.081(e)
11/3/2020 Deadline for ballots returned by electronic transmission ballots to be received. When voting by electronic transmission, voters who choose to return their voted ballot back by electronic transmission must be received by 8:00 p.m. Alaska Time. (2020 GENERAL ELECTION) 6 AAC 25.680(g)
11/3/2020 Absentee by-mail ballots must be postmarked by Election Day (2020 GENERAL ELECTION)
11/3/2020 Absentee ballots by-fax or by online delivery, returned by-mail, must be postmarked by Election Day (2020 GENERAL ELECTION)
11/3/2020 Absentee ballots by-fax or online delivery, returned by-fax must be received by 8:00 p.m. Alaska Standard Time, Election Day (2020 GENERAL ELECTION)
11/3/2020 GENERAL ELECTION DAY. Polls open from 7a.m. - 8p.m. (2020 GENERAL ELECTION) AS 15.15.020
11/5/2020 Questioned Board begins review of questioned ballot envelopes. (2020 GENERAL ELECTION) AS 15.20.205(a)
11/11/2020 Veteran's Day - Offices Closed. AS 44.12.010
11/13/2020 Deadline to receive absetee ballots mailed from within the U.S., U.S. territories of Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa. Ballots must be postmarked by 11/3/20 to be eligible. (2020 GENERAL ELECTION) AS 15.20.081(e)
11/16/2020 SRB conducts a Hand Count Verification of Precincts. November 16-18 (2020 GENERAL ELECTION) AS 15.15.430 6AAC 25.068
11/18/2020 Deadline to receive by-mail ballots mailed from overseas addresses. Ballots must be postmarked by 11/3/20 to be eligible. (2020 GENERAL ELECTION) AS 15.20.81(h)
11/18/2020 Final regional count of Absentee and Questioned ballots. Deadline for Regional boards to complete their review and forward materials to the Director. (2020 GENERAL ELECTION) AS 15.20.201(c) AS 15.20.205(c)
11/19/2020 State Review Board begins review of election materials. Nov. 19 - 25 (2020 GENERAL ELECTION) AS 15.20.220
11/25/2020 Target date to certify the GENERAL ELECTION. (2020 GENERAL ELECTION) AS 15.15.450
11/26/2020 Thanksgiving Day - Offices Closed. AS 44.12.010
11/30/2020 Deadline to receive an application for recount within 5 days. Deadline is based on when the SRB has finished their review, so this date may change. Adjust according to the actual date when the SRB finished. Application must be filed within five days after the completion of the SRB. Recounts are held within five days of receipt of application for any office, question or proposition. (2020 GENERAL ELECTION) AS 15.20.430
12/5/2020 Deadline for an election contest to be filed in superior court. Contest must be filed within 10 days after the completion of the State Review Board. (Date is manually entered) (2020 GENERAL ELECTION) AS 15.20.540 AS 15.20.550
12/14/2020 Electors meet at 11:00am to cast their votes for President and Vice President. First Monday after the second Wednesday in December following the election. (Date is manully entered) (2020 GENERAL ELECTION) AS 15.30.070
12/14/2020 Vacancies for electors shall be filled by plurality vote. Vacancies may be filled at the Electoral College event and if a replacement has not been designated by the party, the electors will choose by plurality vote. (2020 GENERAL ELECTION) AS 15.30.080 3 U.S.C. 1.4
12/14/2020 Electors sign, seal and certify packages of electoral votes. (2020 GENERAL ELECTION) AS 15.45.140 AS 15.45.190
12/25/2020 Christmas Day - Offices Closed. AS 44.12.010
12/31/2020 New Year's Eve.