Alaska ID requirements for voting by mail

COVID-19 Advisory: Alaska's lieutenant governor has been authorized by the state legislature to determine the manner in which the remaining 2020 elections will be conducted. He has announced that the elections will be held in the customary manner, in which voters have three methods of voting: in person on election day, by absentee ballot, and early voting in the 15 days before election day. Latex gloves and face masks will be provided for in-person voters and election workers. Safe social distancing will also be required.

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

Any registered Alaska voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail. No excuse is required.

Voter Registration

First-time voters who have not voted in a previous federal election, or who have never voted in their county of residence in a federal election, AND who did not provide either a driver’s license number or the last four digits of a Social Security number at the time of registration, must present documentation proving their identity in order to complete their voter registration. First time voters who are voting in person must present this documentation at the polls. First time voters who are voting by mail/absentee ballot must enclose a copy of such documentation with their ballot request or ballot. This is required under the federal Help America Vote Act, enacted in 2002.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No, but one of the following identifiers is required with your application:

  • Social Security Number
  • Alaska Driver's License Number
  • Alaska State ID Number

There is an option on the absentee voting application to check if you have none of these identifiers; however, you may receive a call or email, seeking further information. A copy of your ID is not necessary.


Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

Yes, ID is required with your ballot. An absentee ballot cannot be counted unless it has the signature of one witness or an authorized official.

Last update: April 15, 2020

Hannah Piercey