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ALASKA

In America, our responsibility as citizens is to vote. Your state government’s responsibility is to protect that vote. How is your state doing on holding up its end of the bargain?

 

 SAFEGUARD A: PROOF OF RESIDENCY 

SAFEGUARD IN MAIL-IN?

X

SAFEGUARD IN ABSENTEE?

 SAFEGUARD B: ID + SIGNATURE VERIFICATION 

SAFEGUARD IN MAIL-IN?

X

SAFEGUARD IN ABSENTEE?

 SAFEGUARD C: VERIFIED REGISTRATION 

SAFEGUARD IN MAIL-IN?

X

SAFEGUARD IN ABSENTEE?

 IS MAIL-IN VOTING IN PLACE? 

NO

Election Day

PROBLEM: There are some disagreements between leaders on whether vote-by-mail should be extended in Alaska

  • Due to coronavirus, Alaska’s legislature passed Senate Bill 241, which authorized the lieutenant governor to decide if the 2020 elections would be conducted all by mail
     

  • As of May 2020, Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer said that the primary will be conducted “,” with in-person voting on Election Day, early in-person voting offered 15 days before the election, and absentee voting possible for all registered voters: no changes to Alaska’s policies

  • For in-person voting, face masks and latex gloves will be offered to poll workers, and social distancing will be promoted throughout the polling place
     

  • Leaders in Anchorage, a municipality that has a vote-by-mail option, questioned the Lt. Governor’s remarks, but he responded that it took over a year for Anchorage to set up their mail-in option, and the state as a whole does not have that time or resources.

KNOW THE FACTS ABOUT ALASKA

WHERE CAN I REGISTER TO VOTE?

WHERE CAN I FIND MY POLLING PLACE?

WHAT PERCENTAGE OF VOTERS CAST VOTES BY MAIL IN 2016 & 2018?

2016: 22%     2018: 23%

IS THE VOTING SYSTEM SET UP FOR ABSENTEE OR MAIL-IN VOTING?

Absentee voting: voters complete an absentee ballot request form and return it to their Elections Office before they are sent a ballot

CAN I REQUEST AND SUBMIT AN ABSENTEE BALLOT FOR ANY REASON?

YES

IF THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG WITH MY BALLOT,

WILL OFFICIALS CALL ME TO CORRECT IT?

NO

WHEN IS MY MAILED BALLOT DUE?

Ballot must be postmarked by Election Day

IS THERE AN EARLY VOTING PERIOD?

Yes - early voting begins 15 days before and ends the day of Election Day

WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION?

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IT'S HAPPENING
& THE ISSUES ARE REAL

See news stories and editorials that illustrate why mail-in voting results in lost votes and lost rights.

FEWER POLLING STATIONS & longer lines

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Hundreds of people waited for hours at three in-person voting sites in the Las Vegas area, and the only one in Reno, after polling places were reduced due to the coronavirus.

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harvesting

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Duplicate Registrations

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California’s ambitious effort to automate voter registration at Department of Motor Vehicle offices produced almost 84,000 duplicate records and more than twice that number with political party mistakes

post office problems

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Postal delays and mistakes have marred primary voting, and after years of budget cuts and plant closures, mail delivery has slowed so much that ballot deadlines in many states are no longer realistic.

Inaccurate
Voter Rolls

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The Tims were surprised, and a bit amused when they saw what Cody received in the mail. "We have a voter registration application for Cody Tims! How did this happen? It's not reality, he's a cat and he's been dead for a long time," said Carol Tims.

ballots tossed for a simple mistake

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Slightly more than 23,000 ballots were thrown out, mostly because those voters or their witnesses missed at least one line on a form.

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