What does the Supreme Court decision on purging voter rolls mean for Alaskans?

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) Today the United States Supreme Court ruled that Ohio can continue to purge their voter roles of registrants who haven't updated their information or exercised their right to vote in the last two years.

So what change could Alaskan voters see on our elections? In short, not much. Here's our Q&A with the Alaska Division of Elections:

How does Alaska handle voters who don't update their registration/information? How does Alaska handle voters who don't vote for multiple elections?
Once a year starting in December, the DOE is required to send a notice to any voter who has had mail from the division returned as undeliverable, has not contacted the election division or has not voted in the last four years. If the non-forwardable notice is returned as undeliverable, the voter is sent a second notice. If the voter does not respond to the second notice within 45 days, the voter’s registration status will be changed to inactive purge. Per state law, a voter will be removed from the registration list if the voter remains in inactive status for four years, will be completely removed from the state voter registration database.

For list maintenance in 2017, a mailing was sent to 55,297 voters and a second notice was sent to 10,869 voters.

How far in advance does someone need to register to vote in the next election?
30 days prior to Election Day per AS 15.05.010, AS 15.07.070 and AS 15.25.060. For this year’s Primary that would be July 22 and October 7th for the General.

What information does someone need to have to register to vote?
Alaskans can use the Online Voter Registration System, provided they have a valid Alaska driver’s license or state ID card and the information they enter when registering must match information on their Division of Motor Vehicles record. If they do not have a valid Alaska driver’s license or state ID, or information cannot be validated they can register using a paper registration form. When registering to vote, they need to send a copy of either their current driver’s license, state ID, passport or birth certificate with your paper form. Once their form is processed, a voter registration card will be mailed to them within 4-6 weeks.

What do Alaskans need to know about voting in our Primary Elections?

The Division of Elections (DOE) will be conducting the 2018 elections as vote in person at a precinct voting location with early and absentee voting opportunities.
Anyone who wishes to receive their ballot through the mail has the option to do so for the 2018 elections provided they apply to receive an Absentee Ballot by the following deadlines:

August 11 for the Primary
October 27 for the General election.

The division encourages voters to check their voter political party affiliation on their registration record 30 days prior to the election. A voter's political affiliation determines which primary ballot type they are eligible to vote in.

Alaskans should know casting a ballot is one of the ways they can make their voice count and we encourage all eligible voters to exercise their right to participate in the democratic process.

Source: Alaska Division of Elections

Alaskans are set to next hit the polls in the primary election, August 21.

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