It’s August 1, and that means that early and absentee in-person voting are open for Alaska’s August 16 elections. Voting for both the regular primary election and the special general election will be on the same ballot.
In the pick-one primary election, voters will choose their top pick for U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, Governor, state senator and state representative. The top four vote-getters in each race will go on to the November general election ballot.
The back of the ballot will have ranked-choice voting for the special election to decide who will fill the rest of the term left by the late Rep. Don Young. Voters will rank three candidates – Republicans Sarah Palin and Nick Begich and Democrat Mary Peltola – who were determined by a pick-one primary in June.
Early in-person voting is available in Juneau, Anchorage, Eagle River, Fairbanks, Palmer, Soldotna, Homer, and Nome.
Absentee in-person voting, which allows voters to cast ballots early in a number of smaller Alaska communities, is available at Wrangell’s City Hall from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, until election day on August 16. It’s overseen by Wrangell’s state election official, Sarah Merritt.
If voting in person, bring a government-issued ID, which can be a voter ID card or a valid ID with a photo on it like a driver’s license, passport, military ID or hunting or fishing license.
Voters can also request a ballot by mail, online or by fax. The deadline to request a mail-in ballot is Saturday (August 6).
In Wrangell, in-person voting for the special general and regular primary elections will take place at the Nolan Center from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on August 16.
More information and sample ballots can be found at elections.alaska.gov.
This article has been updated with the correct date of the special election primary.
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