Alaska ID requirements for voting by mail

COVID-19 Advisory: 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 a 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. Registered Alaskan voters 65 and over will automatically receive absentee ballot applications.

If you need a photocopy of your ID to accompany your absentee/vote-by-mail ballot application and do not have access to a copier or printer, click here to learn how we can help

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.

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

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?

No,  but 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

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