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Voting Access Scorecard - Alaska

The Franchise Project’s Voting Access Scorecard ranks how accessible voting is in Alaska. The Voting Access Scorecard measures the accessibility of American elections by analyzing state election laws and practices. Each state’s performance is based on 30 measurable metrics shown to affect accessibility and foster participation. All metrics are weighted equally to fairly assess all states and their practices. If answered in the affirmative, each metric is worth 1 point, for a total of 30 points. Note that if a practice varies by county or municipality, e.g. the number of early voting locations in Wisconsin, the state only received 0.5 points for that metric. Note: Y=Yes, N=No, and V=Varies by Municipality/County.

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Overall score: 18 / 30

Y=Yes, N=No, V=Varies by County/Municipality

State registration deadline is the Friday before Election Day or later
Alaska Division of Elections Voter Registration Form: http://www.elections.alaska.gov/doc/forms/C03.pdf
N
State offers Election Day registration
Alaska Division of Elections Voter Registration Form: http://www.elections.alaska.gov/doc/forms/C03.pdf
N
State has automatic registration
Alaska Division of Elections: http://www.elections.alaska.gov/; Bloomberg News Article: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-10/alaska-s-oil-cash-now-comes-with-automatic-voter-registration
Y
State does NOT create barriers to voter registration by third parties (e.g. allows third party registration, does not require registration drive training or notification)
Training is encouraged, but not required. AS § 15.07.100: http://law.justia.com/codes/alaska/2012/title-15/chapter-15.07/section-15.07.100/
Y
State does NOT impose fines or criminal penalties for negligent/accidential voter registration mistakes
AS § 15.07.100: http://law.justia.com/codes/alaska/2012/title-15/chapter-15.07/section-15.07.100/
Y
State offers early voting/in-person absentee voting in multiple locations per municipality/county
Locations vary by location. Alaska Division of Elections: http://www.elections.alaska.gov/Core/avolocations.php
V
State offers early voting/in-person absentee voting during evenings and/or weekends
Hours vary by location. Alaska Division of Elections: http://www.elections.alaska.gov/Core/avolocations.php
V
State allows no-excuse early voting/in-person absentee voting
Alaska Division of Elections: http://www.elections.alaska.gov/Core/absenteeearlyandinpersonvoting.php
Y
State holds all elections entirely by mail
Alaska Division of Elections: http://www.elections.alaska.gov/Core/avolocations.php
N
State does NOT require an excuse to vote by mail
Alaska Division of Elections: http://www.elections.alaska.gov/Core/votingbymail.php; AS § 15.20.081: http://www.touchngo.com/lglcntr/akstats/Statutes/Title15/Chapter20/Section081.htm
Y
State deadline to return absentee ballot is NO earlier than Election Day (via any type of delivery)
A mailed ballot must be postmarked by Election Day. AS § 15.20.081(e): http://www.touchngo.com/lglcntr/akstats/Statutes/Title15/Chapter20/Section081.htm Electronic ballots must be either postmarked by Election Day or returned by fax and received by 8pm AST on Election Day. Alaska Division of Elections: http://www.elections.alaska.gov/Core/absenteevotingbyelectronictransmission.php
Y
State allows all voters to sign up to vote by absentee permanently
Only voters who reside in a remote area where distance, terrain, or other natural conditions deny the voter reasonable access to the polling place can sign up to vote by permanent absentee. Alaska Admin. Code tit. 6, § 25.650: http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/aac.asp#6.25.650
N
State allows voters to request vote by mail ballot online
Alaska Division of Elections: http://elections.alaska.gov/doc/forms/C06%20Fillable.pdf
N
State allows voters to register online
Alaska Division of Elections: https://voterregistration.alaska.gov/Registration/RegistrationDetails?haveValidAKDL=true
Y
State allows voters to check their Election Day polling location online
Alaska Division of Elections: https://myvoterinformation.alaska.gov/
Y
State allows voters to check their vote by mail status online
Alaska Division of Elections: https://myvoterinformation.alaska.gov/
Y
State does NOT require a Photo ID to vote on Election Day
AS §15.15.225: http://www.touchngo.com/lglcntr/akstats/Statutes/Title15/Chapter15/Section225.htm
Y
State does NOT require a Photo ID to vote early or by mail
AS § 15.20.064: http://codes.findlaw.com/ak/title-15-elections/ak-st-sect-15-20-064.html
Y
If ID required, State allows voter to vote through alternative process that does not require voter action (Note: full points received if no ID required at all)
Alaska Division of Elections: http://www.elections.alaska.gov/Core/questionedvoting.php
Y
During voter maintenance process, if address has not changed, state allows voter to simply mail back confirmation form
AS § 15.07.130(b), (f): http://touchngo.com/lglcntr/akstats/Statutes/Title15/Chapter07/Section130.htm
Y
State is NOT a member of Interstate Crosscheck
Bryan Caskey, Kansas Secretary of State, Director of Elections (email communication, May 24, 2017)
Y
State is Member of ERIC
ERIC, http://www.ericstates.org/whowear John Lindback, ERIC Executive Director (email communication, May 25, 2017)
Y
State refused to comply with the Pence-Kobach voter registration data request
Alaska News Dispatch: https://www.adn.com/politics/2017/06/30/alaska-elections-director-says-trump-commission-will-get-some-voter-data-but-not-if-its-private/
N
State allows individuals to vote when their sentence is complete
AS § 15.05.030: http://touchngo.com/lglcntr/akstats/Statutes/Title15/Chapter05/Section030.htm
Y
State allows individuals to vote during their term of incarceration
AS § 15.05.030: http://touchngo.com/lglcntr/akstats/Statutes/Title15/Chapter05/Section030.htm
N
State allows individuals to vote after incarceration, while on probation or parole
AS § 15.05.030: http://touchngo.com/lglcntr/akstats/Statutes/Title15/Chapter05/Section030.htm
N
State voting technology requires a paper trail
AS § 15.15.032: http://codes.findlaw.com/ak/title-15-elections/ak-st-sect-15-15-032.html
Y
State requires poll worker training
AS § 15.15.110: http://www.touchngo.com/lglcntr/akstats/Statutes/Title15/Chapter15/Section110.htm
N
State law requires voting machines to meet federal standards, testing by a federally accredited laboratory, or federal certification
AS § 15.20.910: http://www.touchngo.com/lglcntr/akstats/Statutes/Title15/Chapter20/Section910.htm
N
State provides readily accessible voting technology information
Alaska Division of Elections: http://www.elections.alaska.gov/
N

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