Voting and Elections
You can register to vote in Alaska by completing a Voter Registration Application and presenting it in person to the Division of Elections, a voter registrar in your community, a city or borough clerk, or a voter registration agency (DMV, Health and Social Services, Community and Economic Development, recruitment offices of the armed forces of the United States located in Alaska). You may mail it to Region I Elections Office, PO Box 110018; Juneau, AK 99811-0018. You may also register to vote online at: http://www.elections.alaska.gov/ot.php - complete the application, then print, sign, and send the document.
You can change your registration record on the same form that is used for an original registration. You may complete a voter registration application and present it in person to the Division of Elections, to a city or borough clerk, or to a voter registration agency(DMV, Health and Social Services, Community and Economic Development, recruitment offices of the armed forces of the United States located in Alaska). You may mail it to Region I Elections Office, PO Box 110018; Juneau, AK 99811-0018. You may also change your registration to vote online at: http://www.elections.alaska.gov/ot.php - complete the application, then print, sign, and send the document.
The deadline to register is 30 days before an election, but voters are encouraged to register as soon as possible.
A person may vote at any election who is a citizen of the United States, and:
- 18 years of age or older,
- has been a resident of the state and of the election district in which the person seeks to vote for at least 30 days just before the election,
- has registered before the election registration deadline, and
- is not registered to vote in another jurisdiction.
Portions of your voter record are confidential: voter number, social security number, date of birth, place of birth, phone numbers and residence address, if you choose to keep that confidential. Other portions such as name, mailing address, political preference are public information.
Lake and Peninsula Borough villages are all designated as “absentee-by-mail” precincts by the Assembly. This means a ballot will be mailed to each registered voter’s address. Ballots cannot be forwarded by the post office, so it is important that you update your voter registration. Instructions for voting along with a return envelope are enclosed with each ballot.
A by-mail election is an election in which there are no polling places for regular voting in person on Election Day. Instead, a ballot is automatically mailed to each registered voter in the Borough. Once you have received your ballot, simply vote following the instructions included with the ballot and return it to the Borough Clerk in the postage paid envelope enclosed with the ballot.
A notice of election poster of information about the by-mail election will be posted in each precinct before the election. The posters give information about the election, why it is being held, when ballots will be mailed to voters, and deadlines for registration and voting. The notice of election is also published in the Alaska Daily News and will be posted on the Lake and Peninsula Borough website: www.lakeandpen.com . Note: All elections in Lake and Peninsula Borough are by-mail.
At least twenty days before the date of the election, the Borough Clerk will mail a ballot to each registered voter at the address listed on their current voter registration.
Not to worry! Call your Borough Clerk at 907-246-3421 to get a ballot sent by fax or email. You can complete it and email or fax it back.
As soon as your ballot arrives in the mail, open the envelope and prepare your ballot:
- Mark your ballot choosing candidates
- Enclose the ballot in the gray secrecy envelope.
- Place the gray envelope inside the yellow outer envelope.
- Complete the three sections on the outer yellow envelope:
- ID: Write in either your date of birth or voter ID number
- Signature: Sign the ballot in the presence of two witnesses over the age of 18.
- Witnesses: Have your witnesses sign the ballot
- Seal the yellow envelope and mail prior to or on election day. No postage is necessary if mailing from within the USA.
- Ask the postal worker to date stamp your ballot.
If you have questions call the Borough at 907-246-3421.