Early voting for the state's primary elections starts Monday. However, there is a slight change to the process this year due to the current threat of foreign cyber attacks.

The Alaska Division of Elections (DOE) said it is suspending the return of ballots online until security advancements can be made to the state voting system.

“We want our voters to feel confident in our elections system and that their votes are secure, which is why we are taking proactive steps to improve how we safeguard their ballots as we head into this year’s elections,” said State Elections Director Josie Bahnke.

Voters will still be allowed to download a ballot through the DOE's online ballot delivery system but will need to return it by either mail or fax. You can also apply to have a ballot sent to you or cast your ballot early at an early, absentee voting location.  

Acceptable forms of identification:

  • Voter ID card,
  • Driver’s license,
  • State ID card,
  • Current and valid photo ID,
  • Passport,
  • Military ID card,
  • Birth certificate,
  • Hunting or fishing license.

Voters may also use an original copy of documents if it contains the voter’s name and current address:

  • Current utility bill
  • Government check
  • Bank statement
  • Paycheck
  • Other government documents

If you do not have the proper ID when voting, you will be asked to vote a questioned ballot.  

Anyone who is interested in receiving a ballot in the mail will need to apply by August 11 to be able to use this method for election day, August 21.

To find an early and in-person voting location near you, click here

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