Voting at the Polling Place Election Day

What to Expect

Step 1: Provide identification to the poll worker.

Step 2: Check your information in the precinct register and sign your name if everything is correct.

Step 3: You will get a ballot and secrecy sleeve to vote in a voting booth. You can ask for up to 2 replacement ballots if you make a mistake.

Step 4: Place your completed ballot inside the secrecy sleeve before taking it the precinct scanner. If you are voting in a hand count precinct, you will drop your ballot into a designated ballot box.

Accepted Voter Identification

  • Voter ID Card
  • Driver's License
  • State ID
  • Other Photo ID
  • Passport
  • Hunting or Fishing License
  • Other document with your name on it
Note: If you do not have the one of the identifications listed above, you may present a current utility bill or paycheck, government check or bank statement or other government issued document. These documents must have your current residence address.

Questioned Voting

You may be asked to vote a questioned ballot if your name is not on the precinct register, your residence address has changed, you do not have identification, you already voted according to the precinct register, or an observer challenges your qualifications to vote.
  • You will sign a questioned ballot register and complete a questioned ballot envelope with your information. The ballot is a normal ballot.

  • Your voted ballot goes inside the secrecy sleeve then inside the envelope.

  • You will return your ballot to a poll worker.

  • Questioned ballots go to the Questioned Review Board who will determine if your ballot can be counted. We will send you a letter if you ballot was rejected or partially counted.

Language and Disabled Voter Assistance

  • If you need assistance at any stage of the voting process, an election worker or someone of your choice may assist you so long as that person is not a candidate for office in that election, 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 and/or marking the ballot.
  • Language assistance is available for Alaska Native Languages and Filipino (Tagalog) for voters who have limited English proficiency.
  • For additional information on language assistance program, visit our Language Assistance webpage.
  • For additional information on our disabled voter assistance, Disabled Voter Assistance webpage.

Voting Tablet Voting Option

  • In federal elections, one voting tablet is available in each polling place.
  • The voting tablet is intended for the blind, disabled and voters with reading difficulties. The units allow disabled voters to vote unassisted through the use of a magnified, high contrast and audio ballot.
  • The voting tablet is also made available with Alaska Native Language and Tagalog in targeted precincts that fall under Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act.

Instructions and Sample Ballots

  • Various posters and procedure information will be posted inside the polling place.
  • Sample ballots are made available to look at before voting.
  • When a ballot measures is on the ballot the proposed law or the act being referred will be displayed.


  • Alaska law prohibits campaigning within 200 feet of any entrance into a polling place while the polls are open.
  • This prohibits campaigning materials on your car, displaying campaign items such as signs, buttons, etc. for candidates or issues appearing on the ballot or discussions of candidates or issues appearing on the ballot within the 200 foot perimeter.