Some important deadlines for candidates and campaigns are coming up quickly:
JUNE 1: Deadline for director of Division of Elections to designate early voting and absentee in-person voting sites. Deadline pertains to primary and general elections
JUNE 8: Deadline to receive the original copy of the electronic transmission Declaration of Candidacy. If the original copy, in its entirety is not received by this date, candidate will be notified of non-receipt in order to re-file with proof that previous Declaration was filed and mailed timely in accordance with the law. Deadline pertains to the primary.
JUNE 11: Deadline to receive complaints regarding the eligibility of a candidate. Complaint must be received by close of business on the 10th day after the filing deadline. Eligibility must be determined within 30 days of receipt of the complaint. Pertains to primary and general election.
JUNE 22: Deadline for candidates for federal/statewide offices, candidates for US Senator, US Representative, State Senator and State Representative to file their Official Election Pamphlet materials so that the division can translate it into the appropriate Alaska Native language to assist limited English proficient Alaska Native voters. This date is approximately 30 days prior to the statutory deadline date to submit OEP materials to allow sufficient time for tranlsation of materials.
JULY 2: Deadline for political party candidates to withdraw from the primary election, 5 pm. This is the last date when Gov. Bill Walker could withdraw from the Democrats’ primary ballot and withdraw from the primary election.
JULY 2: Last day an incumbent candidate for renomination can be disqualified and replaced due to death or incapacitation by a party petition; 52 days prior to Election Day. (Deadline date of June 30 falls on a Saturday, moved to Monday July 2).
JULY 3: Ballot certified for the printer to begin printing primary ballots.
JULY 7: Deadline to begin sending absentee ballots (mail or electronic transmission) for any requests received from voters who fall under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Voting Act (UOCAVA) and sending absentee by-mail ballots to non-UOCAVA voters who are requesting an advance ballot due to living, working or traveling in remote Alaska or overseas; 45 days prior to Election Day.
JULY 9: Deadline for judicial retention candidates to file their Official Election Pamphlet materials so that the division can translate it into the appropriate Alaska Native language to assist limited English proficient Alaska Native voters. This date is approximately 30 days prior to the statutory deadline date to submit OEP materials to allow sufficient time to translate materials. Pertains to the general election.
JULY 9: Deadline to provide a statewide voter list to each political party; 120 days prior to General Election Day.
JULY 12: State Review Board begins the logic and accuracy testing of the ballot tabulation system. Pertains to primary.
JULY 16: Deadline for political party submissions for the Official Election Pamphlet; July 15 of an election year. (Deadline date of July 15 falls on Sunday, moved to Monday July 16).
JULY 22: Deadline for voters to register to vote or update their registration; 30 days prior to Primary Election Day.
JULY 23: Deadline for party and no-party candidates to submit materials to the Division for the Official Election Pamphlet; July 22 of an election year. (Deadline date of July 22 falls on a Sunday, moved to Monday, July 23).
JULY 27: Target date for first mailing of absentee by-mail ballots to all other voters who requested a by-mail ballot (non-UOCAVA and advance ballot voters). If official ballots are available prior to this date, ballots will be mailed to the voters as soon as they are ready for distribution. Pertains to the primary.
JULY 27: Deadline for election supplies and ballots to be in regional offices; 25 days prior to Primary Election Day.
JULY 30: Deadline to mail Ballot Measure Pamphlet to voters and post on website; 22 days prior to Primary Election Day.
AUG. 21: Primary Election Day, 7 am to 8 pm. All absentee ballots must be postmarked by this day.
AUG. 21: Deadline for no-party candidates to file nominating petition signatures; must be filed or postmarked on or before 5 p.m. AST on Primary Election Day for the general election.
SEPT. 4: Deadline for candidates to withdraw from general election
NOV. 6: General Election Day, 7 am to 8 pm.