State elections workers are urging unregistered Alaskans to sign up early for voting in this year’s Aug. 21 primary elections, with several offices open through this weekend ahead of Sunday’s deadline to register.

This year's primaries will finalize the general-election field for governor, as incumbent Gov. Bill Walker seeks a second term against opposition from both sides of the aisle.

“Our team is committed to assisting Alaskans as they prepare to make their voices count in this year’s elections,” State Elections Director Josie Bahnke said in a Monday statement from the Alaska Division of Elections. “We want to make sure anyone who is eligible to vote has a meaningful opportunity to cast their ballot.”

Voters can register or update an existing registration at the Division of Elections website, print a paper form and mail it to their regional offices or complete the form in person at one of those offices. The filing deadline is 11:59 p.m. Sunday; mailed registrations must be postmarked by July 22 and received by the division before July 27.

Anyone who wants to receive a mailed ballot for the primary elections needs to apply for one by Aug. 11.

Division of Elections offices are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, with additional hours next weekend from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday in the following cities:

Anchorage: 2525 Gambell St., Suite 100
Fairbanks: 675 7th Ave., Suite H3
Juneau: 9109 Mendenhall Mall Rd., Suite 3 and director’s office at 240 Main St., fourth floor
Nome: 214 Front St., Suite 130

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