By-Mail Ballot Delivery

Absentee Ballot Application Information

  • Alaska is a no excuse absentee voting state. Anyone may apply to receive an absentee ballot by mail.

  • You may apply for a by-mail ballot starting January 1st of each year an election is scheduled. Visit our Election Dates and Hours web page for dates of upcoming elections.

  • The Absentee Ballot Application will register you to vote or update your voting record when you apply for a by-mail ballot.

  • Use our Absentee Ballot Application Wizard to fill out your Absentee Ballot Application. Once you have filled out the application, you will need to print it and sign your application.

  • Or, print a PDF version of the Absentee Ballot Application to complete and sign.

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

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

Deadline Dates and General Information

  • Your completed application requesting a by-mail ballot must be received no later than 10 days before Election Day.

  • When registering to vote for the first time, your application must be postmarked or received 30 days before Election Day.

  • When updating your party affiliation or residence address, your application must be postmarked or received 30 days before Election Day for those changes to be eligible for an election.

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

  • 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? If so, you may 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 with 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.

  • Have your signature witnessed by someone 18 years of age or older or by an authorized official (Notary Public, municipal clerk, postal official, 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.