Absentee Voting By-Mail

Pertains to:

  • Active Uniformed Services
  • Merchant Marine
  • Commissioned Corps Members
  • Spouses and Dependents
  • U.S. Citizens Living Temporarily Overseas

Absentee Ballot Application Information

  • Anyone may request a ballot by mail. You do not need a reason!
  • Apply beginning January 1st of each year.
  • Use the application to register or update your registration information while applying for a by-mail ballot.
  • Apply by completing the PDF Fillable Application. Once completed, print and sign your application.
  • Your signature must be a handwritten signature. A typed or digital signature is not valid.
  • Send your completed application to the Absentee Office by mail, fax or by email as an attached PDF, TIFF or JPEG file.

General Instructions and Information

  • You must provide an Alaska residence address on your application.
  • When out-of-state, use the Alaska residence address where you are currently registered or use the address that you resided at prior to leaving Alaska.
  • Be sure to select your military or overseas status, check the box to receive a ballot by mail and provide your ballot mailing address.
  • Have you already completed an absentee ballot application? Check the status of your application and the status of your ballot at the My Voter Information webpage.
  • For additional assistance, contact the Absentee Office.

Application Deadlines and Ballot Mailing Date

  • Your application for a by-mail ballot must be received no later than 10 days before Election Day.
  • When registering to vote, your application must be postmarked or received 30 days before Election Day.
  • When updating your information, your application must be postmarked or received 30 days before Election Day for those changes to be eligible for an election.
  • In a presidential election, you may register to vote and participate in the presidential race so long as your completed application and any supporting documentation is received 10 days prior to Election Day.
  • Ballots are mailed to active Uniformed Service, Merchant Marines, Commissioned Corps members, spouses and dependents and U.S. citizens temporarily or permanently living overseas beginning 45 days prior to each Primary and General Election Day.

How to Vote Your By-Mail Ballot

  • In your voting packet you will receive a ballot, a return mailing envelope that contains the voter certificate and identification requirements, instructions and a gray secrecy sleeve.
  • Vote your ballot by filling in the ovals next to your choices.
  • Place your voted ballot inside the gray secrecy sleeve. Place the gray sleeve containing your voted ballot inside the return mailing envelope.
  • In the presence of your witness, sign your ballot envelope and provide at least ONE identifier.
  • A witness must be someone 18 years of age or older or an authorized official (Notary Public, municipal clerk, or any other official authorized and willing to administer the oath).
  • Secure your ballot by folding over the flap and sealing the flap at the top and the bottom.
  • Apply the correct amount of postage to the return envelope. Postal amount will be provided with the instructions.
  • Mail your ballot. It must be postmarked on or before Election Day.