Voting at the Polling Place Election Day

Step 1: Identification and Signing In

  • When approaching the election worker table, you will be asked for identification by the precinct register worker such as: Voter ID card, driver’s license, state ID, military ID, passport, hunting or fishing license or other current or valid photo ID.
  • NOTE: If you do not have the one of the identifications listed above, you may present a current utility bill or paycheck, government check or bank statement or other government issued document.

  • The election worker will look up your name on the precinct register.
  • Upon locating your name, you will check your residence address. If your residence address has changed, you will be asked to vote a questioned ballot (step 4). If you do not have any changes, sign your name in the space provided.
  • After signing, you will be given a ballot issuing card to give to the ballot issuing election worker.

Step 2: Receive and Mark Ballot

  • Once you deliver your ballot issuing card to the ballot issuing worker you will be given a ballot.
  • In an August primary election, you will need to make a ballot choice. The election worker will let you know what ballots you may choose from based upon your political affiliation 30 days prior to Election Day.
  • You will be asked to vote your ballot in a voting booth or in a private location.
  • When voting, completely fill in the oval next to your choices.
  • You need only mark the races or issues you wish to vote. Only those races will be counted.
  • If you mark more than one choice in a race or issue or make a mistake when marking your choice, do not correct your ballot. Return the mismarked ballot to an election worker and request a new ballot. You may receive up to two replacement ballots.
  • You will be provided with a secrecy sleeve to place your ballot inside once you have completed voting.

Step 3: Place Ballot in Ballot Box

  • After voting your ballot, you will go to the ballot box worker to place your ballot in the ballot box.
  • If you are voting in an optical scan voting precinct, you will insert your ballot into the voting unit.
  • If you are voting in a hand count precinct, you will drop your ballot into a designated ballot box.

Step 4: Questioned Voting

  • You may be asked to vote a questioned ballot if your name is not on the precinct register, your residence address has changed, you do not have identification, in a primary election you ask for a ballot you are not eligible to receive, you already voted or an observer challenges your qualifications to vote.
  • When voting a questioned ballot, you will sign a questioned ballot register and complete a questioned ballot envelope with your information.
  • You will then vote your ballot, place it inside a secrecy sleeve and then place it inside of the questioned ballot envelope.
  • The questioned ballot will go to a review board who will determine if your ballot can be counted.
  • The information on the outside of the envelope is used to register you to vote or update your registration information (when applicable).
  • A letter will be sent to you if your ballot was rejected or partially counted to tell you the reason.

Language and Disabled Voter Assistance

  • If you need assistance at any stage of the voting process, an election worker or someone of your choice may assist you so long as that person is not a candidate for office in that election, not your employer, agent of your employer or agent of your union. Assistance may be provided during each step of the voting process, including assistance inside the voting booth with reading and/or marking the ballot.
  • Language assistance is available for Alaska Native Languages, Filipino (Tagalog) and Spanish for voters who have limited English proficiency.
  • For additional information on language assistance program, visit our Language Assistance webpage.
  • For additional information on our disabled voter assistance, Disabled Voter Assistance webpage.

Touch Screen Voting Option

  • In federal elections, one touch screen unit is available in each polling place.
  • The touch screen unit is intended for the blind, disabled and voters with reading difficulties. The units allow disabled voters to vote unassisted through the use of a magnified, high contrast and audio ballot.
  • The touch screen unit also is made available with Alaska Native Language, Spanish and Tagalog in targeted precincts that fall under Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act.

Instructions and Sample Ballots

  • Various posters and procedure information will be posted inside the polling place.
  • Sample ballots are made available to look at before voting.
  • When a ballot measures is on the ballot the proposed law or the act being referred will be displayed.


  • Alaska law prohibits campaigning within 200 feet of any entrance into a polling place while the polls are open.
  • This prohibits campaigning materials on your car, displaying campaign items such as signs, buttons, etc. for candidates or issues appearing on the ballot or discussions of candidates or issues appearing on the ballot within the 200 foot perimeter.