Early and absentee in-person voting for Alaska’s August election is open

KSTK | By Sage Smiley

Early and Absentee in-person voting is 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.

“Vote here” sign placed outside the Kodiak Island Borough and City of Kodiak building. (Photo by Kavitha George/KMXT)

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. 

Absentee in-person voting, which allows voters to cast ballots early in a number of smaller Alaska communities, is available at the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly Chamber from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, through August 15.

Voters can also request an absentee ballot online or by mail or fax. The deadline to request a mail-in ballot is Aug. 6.

For more information about the elections, to find your polling place or to see sample ballots, go to the Alaska Division of Election’s website. Voters can also call the Alaska Division of Elections Office at 907-465-3021.

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