Voter Requirements

States have widely varying rules for voter registration, identification at polls, polling places and hours and how - or if - felons are allowed to vote.

To review rules for states other than your own, click on the state abbreviation below.

Voter Requirements for Alaska

Identification Required for Registration

Initially Registering from Outside the State of Alaska: Alaska driver's license; Alaska hunting or fishing license; proof of Alaska student loan and college tuition showing Alaska as state of residency; military leave and earning statement indicating Alaska as place of residence; proof of employment in Alaska indicating date of employment; or other documentation that supports your claim as an Alaska resident. Your proof of Alaska residency must be in your name, it cannot be in the name of your spouse, parent or legal guardian. Initially Registering from Inside the State of Alaska: current and valid photo identification; driver's license; passport; state identification card; or birth certificate.

Deadlines

General Election Registration Deadline: October 7, 2012 General Election Early Voting Deadline: must be received 10 days before Election Day if voting by mail. Beginning 15 days prior to an election, and continuing through Election Day, voters may vote: Absentee early at a Regional Elections Office in the jurisdiction where the voter is registered. Regional offices are located in Juneau, Anchorage, Wasilla, Fairbanks and Nome; or Absentee in-person at any Regional Elections Office or absentee voting location. Times and dates may vary depending on the location and/or community so check with the Elections Office nearest to you.

Identification Required at Polling Places

Signed voter ID card, Alaska driver's license, state ID card, or military ID card; passport, hunting or fishing license; or other current or valid photo identification. You may also present one of the following forms of identification if it includes your name and current address: current utility bill or pay check; government check or bank statement; or other government issued document.

Felon Voting

A person convicted of a crime that constitutes a felony involving moral turpitude under state or federal law may not vote in a state, federal, or municipal election from the date of the conviction through the date of the unconditional discharge of the person. Upon the unconditional discharge, the person may register under AS 15.07. If you are no longer serving a sentence and have been unconditionally discharged from the supervision of the Department of Corrections, you can register in Alaska by completing a Voter Registration Application.

Polling Place Hours

Polling places are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Historical Voting Problems

A history of discrimination relating to voting and elections requires Alaska to be covered under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, meaning that the state cannot legally pass and enforce any voting law without clearance from the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia or specifically from the U.S. Attorney General. The state must prove the proposed voting change does not deny any person the right to vote on account of race, color, or belonging to a protected language minority group.