Early &
Mail-in Voting
in Alaska

Warning: Mail-in voting is a convenient and safe way to vote, but your ballot might not count if it's submitted late or with errors. So follow the directions below on how to vote early or absentee and make your vote count in Alaska.

Note - this information below may change for your state due to ongoing litigation and legislation. This page will be updated within 24 hours of any change.

Vote Before Election Day

Vote Early In Person
Early Voting Begins
Early Voting Ends

Vote By Mail Deadlines

Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
Deadline to Return Ballot (Postmarked By)

In-Person Early Voting

You can vote early in your state before Election Day. Early voting begins on 09/18/2023 and ends on 10/02/2023

You can return your mail-in ballot to your early voting site.

Click here to find your regional early voting locations.

How Vote By Mail Works in Alaska

Voting by mail is a two step process in Alaska. Step 1: Request your ballot NOW. The deadline for your application to be received by mail is September 23rd.

  • Alaska offers electronic absentee requests and can deliver your ballot by fax through 5 p.m. on October 2nd. More info here.
Step 2: Complete your ballot and return your ballot ASAP. 
  • Make sure to sign your ballot in front of an adult witness. They must sign it too.
  • Return in person to your regional elections office, ballot drop box location, early voting site or polling place by 8 p.m. on October 3rd.
  • Or stamp and return your ballot by mail - ballots must be postmarked by October 3rd and received by 10 days after Election Day to be counted. To make your postmark date, put the ballot into your home mailbox for collection at least one day prior to ensure it is picked up and processed. You can also drop the ballot off at the post office before the last posted collection time on October 3rd. We recommend returning your ballot ASAP.

Request Your Ballot See Your Ballot Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

You may vote by mail for any reason

You don’t need an excuse to request an absentee ballot. You can vote by mail for any reason.

Remember to Sign Your Return Ballot

Sign the outside of the ballot return envelope.

Grab a friend! After you complete your ballot, sign the outside of the ballot return envelope in the presence of an adult witness. They must sign it, too.

Use The Right Form of ID

Alaska voters must show valid photo ID when voting in person. Info here on what qualifies. You do not need to submit a copy of your photo ID when voting by mail. If you are applying for an absentee ballot you need to include your social security number, Alaska driver's license number, or Alaska state ID number. When you return the ballot you must submit an acceptable ID with the ballot. The ballot will not be counted unless it has the signature of one witness or authorized official.

How You Can Return Your Mail-in Ballot

By Mail

You must add a stamp when mailing in your ballot.

By Courier

Return your ballot via commercial delivery services, such as FedEx or UPS (at your expense)

In Person

  • Local elections office
  • Drop box
  • Early voting locations
  • Polling place

A personal representative may pick up and return your ballot if it is due to age, illness or a disability.

Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

Make Sure Your Mail-in Vote Counts

Click here to track your ballot. Alaska offers electronic, barcode ballot tracking services so you can make sure your ballot gets counted. Alaska does not offer voters a chance to address challenges to their ballot. Your ballot will not count if it is late, or if you do not follow directions.

Haven't used your ballot?

If you lose, damage or do not use your mail-in ballot, you may vote in person at early voting locations or at your polling place on Election Day. You should destroy or dispose of your mail-in ballot.

Election Protection Hotline

The national, nonpartisan Election Protection coalition was formed to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. Made up of more than 100 local, state and national partners, Election Protection works year-round to advance and defend the right to vote.

Call 866-OUR-VOTE if you need assistance.

More about voting in Alaska

Find your polling place, ID laws, and more about voting for the first time below.

Voting Info for Alaska First Time Voter Info