By-Mail Ballot Delivery
The witnessing requirement is suspended for the 2020 General Election and voters do not need to have their ballots witnessed.

Absentee Ballot Application Information

  • Anyone may request a ballot by mail. You do not need a reason!

  • Apply beginning January 1st of each year. Visit Election Dates and Hours for dates of upcoming elections.

  • Apply paperless! Use our Online Absentee Ballot Application. You must have a valid Alaska Driver’s License or State ID to use this option.

  • Or apply by completing the PDF Fillable form. Once completed, print and sign the application. Once completed, print and and sign the application.

  • Your signature must be a handwritten signature. A typed or digital signature is not valid.

  • Send your application to the Absentee Office by mail, fax or by email as an attached PDF, TIFF or JPEG file.

Deadline Dates and General Information

  • Your application for a by-mail ballot must be received 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.

  • For additional assistance, contact the Absentee and Petition Office.

Ballot Mailing Dates and Check Your Application Status

  • Ballots are mailed to active military members, spouses and dependents and U.S. citizens temporarily or permanently living overseas beginning 45 days prior to each Primary and General Election Day.

  • Ballots are mailed to voters who selected the advance ballot due to living, working or traveling in remote Alaska or who may be traveling overseas ballots are mailed beginning 45 days prior to each Primary and General Election Day.

  • All other ballots are mailed to voters approximately 25 days prior to each Primary and General Election Day.

  • Have you already completed an absentee ballot application? Check the status of your application and the status of your ballot at our My Voter Information webpage.

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.

  • Sign your ballot envelope and provide at least ONE identifier. It is recommended to date your signature.

  • 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.