Regional Division of Elections offices will be open around the state both Saturday and Sunday.
Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell has been on the stump this fall encouraging people to register.
He says it’s often hard to tell how many people are not registered, so Alaska uses Permanent Fund Dividend lists.
“When we compared that list to our voter list, we found about 20,000 people weren’t registered to vote, so that’s pretty good,” Treadwell says.
The Elections Division has been sending Happy Birthday post cards to young Alaskans turning 18, reminding them to register to vote.
Treadwell also has been speaking to high school students across the state, including Juneau, to encourage 18-year-olds as well as those who will be 18 before the Nov. 6 election to register to vote.
“We want to make sure that Alaska’s one of these places where there are no impediments to getting you to register to vote,” he says. “We do have a 30-day requirement and I think that’s important because that allows us to make sure what goes on the books is accurate. We do want to know who you are when you show up to vote, but the voter ID we send out doesn’t have picture on it and you can vote without an ID if you’re known to election officials. You can do a questioned ballot anytime and we’ll check it out later.”
Treadwell says the Division of Elections will be cleaning voter rolls to eliminate those who have moved out of state or are deceased.
Elections Division offices in Juneau, Anchorage, Fairbanks, Mat-Su and Nome will be open on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m.
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