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UPCOMING DATES
April 4, 2017
Alaska : Municipality of Anchorage Election Day
October 3, 2017
Alaska : 2017 Regional Educational Attendance Area (REAA)
November 7, 2017
Alaska : Municipal General Election
November 6, 2018
Alaska : General Election Day

Did You Know?

DID YOU KNOW THE FOLLOWING ABOUT Alaska

Russia controlled most of the area that is now Alaska from the late 1700s until 1867, when it was purchased by U.S. Secretary of State William Seward for $7.2 million, or about two cents an acre.

During World War II, the Japanese occupied two Alaskan islands, Attu and Kiska, for 15 months.

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Alaska contains 17 of the 20 highest peaks in the United States. At 20,320 feet, Mt. McKinley is the tallest mountain in North America.

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Alaska has roughly 5,000 earthquakes every year. In March of 1964, the strongest earthquake recorded in North America occurred in Prince William Sound with a magnitude of 9.2.

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The most powerful volcanic explosion of the 20th century occurred in 1912 when Novarupta Volcano erupted, creating the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes in Katmai National Park.

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The temperature dropped to a record -80 degrees Fahrenheit at Prospect Creek Camp in 1971.

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The state of Rhode Island could fit into Alaska more than 420 times.

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People have inhabited Alaska since 10,000 BCE. At that time a land bridge extended from Siberia to eastern Alaska, and migrants followed herds of animals across it. Of these migrant groups, the Athabaskans, Aleuts, Inuit, Yupik, Tlingit and Haida remain in Alaska.

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State of Alaska Quick Facts
  • Current Population:738,432
  • Voter Registration Deadline: 30 days before an election
  • Election Day Voter Registration: No
  • Early Voting: Yes
  • Absentee Voting: Yes
  • Voter ID: Yes
  • Electoral Colleges: 3
  • Congressional Districts: 1
  • Date of Statehood: January 3, 1959
  • Size: 664,988 square miles
  • Nickname(s): The Last Frontier; Land of the Midnight Sun
  • Tree: Sitka Spruce
  • Flower: Forget-me-not
  • Bird: Willow Ptarmigan
Registered Voters

18-above 75 and unknown: 514,454

  • Male : 259,636
  • Female : 250,852
  • Unspec : 3,966

State Of Alaska Division Of Elections: 514,454

  • (A) Independence : 16,700
  • (D) Democratic : 77,103
  • (L) Libertarian : 7,050
  • (R) Republican : 139,866
  • (C) Constitution : 290
  • (G) Green Party : 1,543
  • (T) Twelve Visions : 9
  • (V) Veterans : 1,103
  • (N) Nonpartisan : 85,383
  • (U) Underclared : 185,399
  • (W) Uces Clowns : 8

Voting And Elections

Am I eligible To Vote in Alaska?

Most States require citizens to be registered in order to vote. Make sure you understand the voter registration requirements in the state of Alaska.

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  • Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?

    NO: Alaska does not provide Same Day Voter Registration. You must register to vote by the voter registration deadline in order to vote in an election. If you miss the voter registration deadline for an election you should contact your local election office.

    If My Address Has Changed Do I Need To Re-register To Vote?

    When you register to vote, your voter registration is linked to your residential address. When registered voters move, they are supposed to update their registration records with election officials before voting

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  • How Do I Register To Vote in Alaska?
    Voter registration is a means of determining the candidates and issues for which each voter is eligible to vote. Most states require voters to register to vote a certain number of days before Election Day. Voter Registration also protects the integrity of the ballot box by preventing voting in multiple jurisdictions.

    To register to vote inthe state of Alaska, voters have the following options :

    In Person

    Complete a form in person at any Division of Elections office, Division of Motor Vehicle office through a voter registration agency, or voter registrar.

    By Mail, Fax, or by Email

    Print an application for you to complete and sign. Send your completed and signed application by mail, fax or as an email attachment (PDF, TIFF or JPEG) to a Regional Elections office.

    Online

    You can register online either electronically or using a paper form. To register electronically, you must have a valid Alaska driver’s license or state ID.

    Can I Take Time Off For Voting? Yes

    A qualified voter who does not have sufficient time outside working hours within which to vote at a state election may, without loss of pay, take off as much working time as will enable voting. If any employee has two consecutive hours in which to vote, either between the opening of the polls and the beginning of the employee's regular working shift, or between the end of the regular working shift and the closing of the polls, the employee shall be considered to have sufficient time outside working hours within which to vote.

    Alaska State Government

    Alaska Constitution

    PREAMBLE

    We the People of Alaska, grateful to God and to those who founded our nation and pioneered this great land, in order to secure and transmit to succeeding generations our heritage of political, civil, and religious liberty within the Union of States, do ordain and establish this constitution for the State of Alaska.

    The constitution of the state of Alaska is the constitution of the U.S. state of Alaska. It was ratified in 1956 and took effect with Alaska's admission as a state on January 3, 1959 - With 15 articles and 28 amendments, Alaska's constitution delegates most of the power to the governor.

    The Executive Branch
    Governor's Office: 3rd Floor, State Capitol, 10001 Juneau, AK 99811

    Executive Power

    The executive power of the state is vested in the governor.

    Few states have a governor with as many powers as Alaska's. The governor appoints all department heads and can reorganize the executive branch, subject to legislative review.

    The first Alaska Legislature provided for the creation of twelve departments, headed by commissioners who are appointed by the governor. The number has been adjusted over the years as needs change. Today there are 15 departments, dealing with everything from education to environmental conservation and prisons.

    Alaska Executive Offices
  • The Governor (Elected)
  • The Lieutenant Governor (Elected)
  • The Attorney General (Appointed)
  • Legislative Branch
    State Legislature: State Capitol, Terry Miller Building, Suite 111,Juneau, AK 99801-1182

    Legislative Power

    The legislative power of the state is vested in a legislature consisting of a Senate with a membership of twenty and a House of Representatives with a membership of forty.

    A member of the legislature shall be a qualified voter who has been a resident of Alaska for at least three years and of the district from which elected for at least one year, immediately preceding his filing for office. A senator shall be at least twenty-five years of age and a representative at least twenty-one years of age.

    Legislators shall be elected at general elections. Their terms begin on the fourth Monday of the January following election unless otherwise provided by law. The term of representatives shall be two years, and the term of senators, four years. One-half of the senators shall be elected every two years.

    Judicial Branch
    123 W 4th St, Juneau, AK 99801

    Judicial Power

    The judicial power of the state is vested in a supreme court, a superior court, and the courts established by the legislature. The jurisdiction of courts shall be prescribed by law. The courts shall constitute a unified judicial system for operation and administration. Judicial districts shall be established by law.

    Selection of the state court judges in Alaska relies on what is known as the Missouri Plan or merit selection. Sixteen other states and Washington, D.C. use a similar method of judicial selection, though Alaska is unusual because it has one judicial council for all courts and all districts statewide.

    Alaska Current Partisan Composition
    State Representatives(40)
    (17)(21)(2)
    State Senators(20)
    (6)(14)
    US Representatives(1)
    (1)
    US Senators(2)
    (2)
    State Executives
    Governor
    Lt. Governor
    Att. General
    Sec. Of State

    State Officials Terms, Authority,Salary, and Qualitications

    Alaska Executive Offices
    The Governor
    Authority

    The executive power of the state is vested in the governor.The governor appoints all department heads and can reorganize the executive branch, subject to legislative review.

    Qualifications

    The governor shall be at least thirty years of age and a qualified voter of the state. He shall have been a resident of Alaska at least seven years immediately preceding his filing for office, and he shall have been a citizen of the United States for at least seven years.

    Election

    The governor shall be chosen by the qualified voters of the State at a general election. The candidate receiving the greatest number of votes shall be governor.

    Term of Office

    The term of office of the governor is four years, beginning at noon on the first Monday in December following his election and ending at noon on the first Monday in December four years later.

    Limit on Tenure

    No person who has been elected governor for two full successive terms shall be again eligible to hold that office until one full term has intervened.

    Salary

    $145,000

    Qualification age

    The governor shall be at least thirty years of ageand a qualified voter of the state.

    The Lieutenant Governor
    Authority

    When the lieutenant governor succeeds to the office of governor, he shall have the title, powers, duties and emoluments of that office.

    Qualifications

    There shall be a lieutenant governor. He shall have the same qualifications as the governor and serve for the same term. He shall perform such duties as may be prescribed by law and as may be delegated to him by the governor.

    Election

    The lieutenant governor shall be nominated in the manner provided by law for nominating candidates for other elective offices. In the general election the votes cast for a candidate for governor shall be considered as cast also for the candidate for lieutenant governor running jointly with him. The candidate whose name appears on the ballot jointly with that of the successful candidate for governor shall be elected lieutenant governor.

    Acting Governor

    In case of the temporary absence of the governor from office, the lieutenant governor shall serve as acting governor.

    Term of Office

    The term of office of the governor is four years, beginning at noon on the first Monday in December following his election and ending at noon on the first Monday in December four years later.

    Limit on Tenure

    No person who has been elected governor for two full successive terms shall be again eligible to hold that office until one full term has intervened.

    Salary

    $115,000

    Qualification age

    The governor shall be at least thirty years of ageand a qualified voter of the state.

    The Attorney General
    Authority

    The attorney general's authority is based in statute, not the state's constitution. It establishes the office of attorney general as the "principal executive officer of the Department of Law.

    Qualifications

    Like all principal executive officers in the Alaska government, the attorney general must "furnish corporate surety bonds in the instance and amount required by law," the cost of which is paid by the state. Otherwise, there are no special qualifications for the office of attorney general.

    Election

    he attorney general, like all Alaska executive department heads, is appointed by the governor and subject to confirmation by a majority of the members of the legislature.

    Limit on Tenure

    There are no term limits for the office of attorney general. The officeholder serves at the pleasure of the governor.

    Salary

    $137,712

    Qualification age

    The governor shall be at least thirty years of ageand a qualified voter of the state.

    Alaska State Congress
    The State House
    Authority

    Members of the Alaska House of Representatives are responsible for a portion of the process of making and amending state law.

    Qualifications

    State representatives must be a qualified voter and resident of Alaska for no less than three years, and a resident of the district from which elected for one year immediately preceding filing for office.

    Election

    Elections for the office of Alaska House of Representatives will take place in 2016.

    Term of Office

    Elected officials serve two-year terms and are not subjected to term limits.

    Salary

    50,400/year.

    Qualification age

    A state representative must be 21 years of age at the time the oath of office is taken.

    The State Senate
    Authority

    The Alaska Senate shares the responsibility for making laws in the state of Alaska.

    Qualifications

    Senators must be a qualified voter and resident of Alaska for no less than three years, and a resident of the district from which elected for one year immediately preceding filing for office.

    Election

    Term of Office

    The term of senators is four years.

    Limit on Tenure

    half of the senators are up for election every two years.

    Salary

    $50,400/year.

    Qualification age

    A senator must be at least 25 years old at the time the oath of office is taken.

    Alaska State Courts
    The Supreme Court
    Authority

    The chief justice shall be selected from among the justices of the supreme court by a majority vote of the justices. His term of office as chief justice is three years. A justice may serve more than one term as chief justice but he may not serve consecutive terms in that office.

    Qualifications

    Supreme court justices and superior court judges shall be citizens of the United States and of the state, licensed to practice law in the State, and possessing any additional qualifications prescribed by law. Judges of other courts shall be selected in a manner, for terms, and with qualifications prescribed by law.

    Election

    The governor shall fill any vacancy in an office of supreme court justice or superior court judge by appointing one of two or more persons nominated by the judicial council.

    Term of Office

    His term of office as chief justice is three years.

    Limit on Tenure

    A justice may serve more than one term as chief justice but he may not serve consecutive terms in that office.

    Chief justice salary

    $205,776.

    Associate justices salary

    $205,176.

    Qualification age

    Under the age of 70.

    The Superior Court
    Authority

    The superior court shall be the trial court of general jurisdiction and shall consist of five judges. The number of judges may be changed by law.

    Qualifications

    Supreme court justices and superior court judges shall be citizens of the United States and of the State, licensed to practice law in the State, and possessing any additional qualifications prescribed by law. Judges of other courts shall be selected in a manner, for terms, and with qualifications prescribed by law.

    Election

    The governor shall fill any vacancy in an office of supreme court justice or superior court judge by appointing one of two or more persons nominated by the judicial council.

    Term of Office

    His term of office as chief justice is three years.

    Limit on Tenure

    A justice may serve more than one term as chief justice but he may not serve consecutive terms in that office.

    Salary

    Qualification age

    Under the age of 70 .

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