Voter Registration Records
January 20, 2009
Each year, the Alaska Division of Elections reviews the voter
registration list to remove the names of voters who have not
voted or had contact with the Division in the previous four years.
The list maintenance process for 2009 is underway.
Under state law, voter list maintenance is a two step process.
First the Division sends the voter a notice asking for address
confirmation. If the first notice cannot be delivered by the
post office, it is returned as "undeliverable". Any
voter whose first notice is returned as "undeliverable"
must be sent a second notice to the voter's last known address
with a request for the post office to forward it to any new address
on file for the voter.
The Division of Elections has recently mailed the second list
maintenance notice to over 28,000 voters. This is the final
notice a voter will receive. Voters who do not respond to this
notice by March 3, 2009 will be inactivated and their names will
not appear on the list of voters used at the polling place.
Voters that have been inactivated due to list maintenance may
still vote using a questioned ballot. If they vote at any time
within four years after being inactivated their ballot will count.
Voting a questioned ballot will also activate and update their
voter registration record.
"It is important for people to respond to the notice if
they want to remain a registered voter", said Gail Fenumiai,
Director of the Division of Elections. There are numerous cases
where voters move either out of state or elsewhere in Alaska
and simply fail to notify the Division. If you receive a notice
addressed to a voter that is no longer at the address, please
mark "Return to Sender" and send the notice back to
the Division of Elections. This will allow the Division to inactivate
the voter's record.
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