By Tara Callear
Sun Star Calendar Editor
Election Day: Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Am I registered to vote?
On the State of Alaska Division of Elections page (elections.alaska.gov/), under online tools, you can quickly and easily check your voter registration status by entering your social security number. If you discover that you are not registered, you cannot vote in today’s election. But DON’T WAIT UNTIL NEXT ELECTION to register! Take a minute and register while on this site by clicking on Voter Information.
Where is my polling station?
Your polling location is dependant upon the house district and precinct that you are registered to vote in. If you have your voter ID card, it will show a two-digit number (house district) followed by a three-digit number (precinct). Don’t sweat it if you can’t find your card, simply visit the Voter Information page at elections.alaska.gov/ and there are charts, district and precinct maps, and district descriptions to help you pinpoint your polling place. DON’T GIVE UP if you do not find your answer, rather call the telephone polling place locator at 1-888-383-8683.
If you have moved since you last registered, you can also update your registration on this same site. To ensure that your ballot may be counted for all races, you are encouraged to vote at your assigned polling place. Keeping your registration information current is the best way to make your vote count.
What if I don’t have a Voter ID card? What ID do I need to vote?
Upon entering your polling place, the election worker will ask you for a piece of identification. The following documents may be used:
* signed voter ID card, driver’s license, state ID card, or military ID card;
* passport, hunting or fishing license; or
* other current or valid photo identification.
You may also present one of the following forms of identification if it includes your name and current address:
* current utility bill or pay check;
* government check or bank statement; or
* other government issued document.
What is a Questioned Ballot?
If you do not have identification or your name does not appear on the precinct register, you may vote a Questioned Ballot. If your residence address listed on the precinct register is incorrect, tell the election worker and vote a questioned ballot. This will allow the Division of Elections to update your voter registration record with your correct residence address.
What does it mean to vote absentee? Is it too late?
An absentee ballot is a ballot that the voter records and casts other than at a designated polling station on Election Day. In-person absentee votes can be cast on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Region III Elections Office, 675 7th Avenue, Suite H3, Fairbanks.