Explainer: Alaska’s March 5 Republican Presidential Preference Poll happens Super Tuesday

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On Tuesday, March 5, Republicans in Alaska will head to the “polls” to cast a vote for their preference for president. They won’t be the regular Division of Election polls, staffed by state workers or paid volunteers working with state employee oversight. They won’t even be in the usual polling locations.

Instead, this is a privately run “caucus by ballot”systems that helps the party determine who its delegates will represent when they attend the Republican Nominating Convention in Milwaukee in July. This is grassroots caucusing, without having to stand in a gymnasium all day.

There will be three names on the March 5 Presidential Preference Poll ballot. They are the names of the three candidates who paid a fee to the party to be included, a fee that helps defray the cost of the statewide operation.

Those candidates are Donald Trump, Nikki Haley, and Vivek Ramaswamy, who announced Jan. 15 ago that he is no longer a candidate. The Republican Party has given no explanation for why Ramaswamy’s name will still appear on the PPP ballot, now that he has endorsed Trump.

Participating in a PPP takes a bit more effort than voting in a regular government-run election. There are not as many places to cast a preference ballot. This is the reality of being a grassroots organization and a function of how many volunteers the party was able to muster and train over the past several months. Also, the volunteers will be doing this for the first time since 2016, and the technologies have changed since that PPP.

Republicans can vote in this caucus-by-ballot exercise. You can register as a Republican on the spot to participate in the PPP. You’ll be asked to show identification, given a simple ballot, and you mark your preference, drop it in the ballot box, and be on your way.

Depending on weather and enthusiasm, lines may be long and may stretch outside the buildings where these PPPs are taking place.

Find your House district at the Alaska Division of Elections map page.

Here are the House districts where PPP voting locations are located:

District 1: 

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2417 Tongass Ave. Ketchikan, AK

District 3:  

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Nugget Mall – 8745 Glacier Hwy. Juneau, AK

District 4:  

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Nugget Mall – 8745 Glacier Hwy. Juneau, AK

District 5: 

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West Marine Hwy. Kodiak, AK

District 6:

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Sterling Hwy. Homer, AK

Site 2: 3/5/2024 3PM-8PM 51540

Mercantile Ave. Kasilof, AK

District 7:

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209 Princess Ln. Kenai, AK

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161 Farnsworth Ave. Soldotna, AK

District 8: 

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52075 Marie Ave. Nikiski, AK

District 9:

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Anchorage Grace Church – 12407 Pintail St Anchorage, AK

District 10: 

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Anchorage Grace Church – 12407 Pintail St Anchorage, AK

District 11: 

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Anchorage Grace Church – 12407 Pintail St Anchorage, AK

District 12: 

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Anchorage Grace Church – 12407 Pintail St 4025 W 88th Ave. Anchorage, AK

District 13: 

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Jewel Lake Community Church of the Nazarene – 4025 W 88th Ave. Anchorage, AK

District 14: 

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Jewel Lake Community Church of the Nazarene – 4025 W 88th Ave. Anchorage, AK

District 15: 

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Jewel Lake Community Church of the Nazarene – 4025 W 88th Ave. Anchorage, AK

District 16: 

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Jewel Lake Community Church of the Nazarene – 4025 W 88th Ave. Anchorage, AK

District 17:

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Jewel Lake Community Church of the Nazarene – 4025 W 88th Ave. Anchorage, AK

District 18:

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Mountain City Church – 6401 E Northern Lights Blvd. Anchorage, AK

District 19:

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Jewel Lake Community Church of the Nazarene – 4025 W 88th Ave, Anchorage, AK

District 20:

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Mountain City Church – 6401 E Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage, AK

District 21:

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Mountain City Church – 6401 E Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage, AK

District 22:

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Mountain City Church – 6401 E Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage, AK

District 23:

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12001 Business Blvd, Eagle River, AK

District 24:

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12001 Business Blvd, Eagle River, AK

District 25:    

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655 South Valley Way, Palmer, AK

District 26:    

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655 South Valley Way, Palmer, AK

District 27:

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Wasilla Senior Center – 1301 S. Century Cir, Wasilla, AK

District 28:

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655 South Valley Way, Palmer, AK

Site 2: 3/5/2024 3PM-8PM

Wasilla Senior Center – 1301 S. Century Cir, Wasilla, AK

District 29:

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Valdez Convention and Civic Center – 314 Clifton Ct, Valdez, AK

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Wasilla Senior Center – 1301 S Century Cir, Wasilla, AK

District 30:

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Wasilla Senior Center – 1301 S Century Cir, Wasilla, AK

District 31:

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Carlson Center – 2010 2nd Ave, Fairbanks, AK

District 32:

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Carlson Center – 2010 2nd Ave, Fairbanks, AK

District 33:

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Carlson Center – 2010 2nd Ave, Fairbanks, AK

District 34:

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Carlson Center – 2010 2nd Ave, Fairbanks, AK

District 35:

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Carlson Center – 2010 2nd Ave, Fairbanks, AK

District 36:

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Carlson Center – 2010 2nd Ave, Fairbanks, AK

Site 2: 3/5/2024 3PM-8PM

Delta Junction Community Center – 2287 Deborah St, Delta Junction, AK

33 COMMENTS

  1. Remember that this is just a POLL. Its not written in cement that the people on the list will be on the ticket. It is an overview of some people voting for certain few. Does this POLL matter? Not really! The big question is who will take the primary in August. That is the target for ads. Being a part of this POLL is setting up the ads.

    • You know the way I look at this DK? It is a wake up call for people to be paying attention to what is going on. Maybe it is not that important; but why did Haley hire a campaign team and built her list of endorsers? Something is going on with that – not sure what. We need to say, “Hey! We are watching you and will be holding you publicly accountable!”

        • I agree. Too bad for the people in this state who have shown which side they are on by agreeing to be part of tricky Nikki’s campaign and on her endorser list. Names not to be forgotten!

  2. We are only given 5 hours over one day (a work day nonetheless) to vote our preference–how does this encourage participation? Is this just so the State GOP handlers can control the outcome? This is a Luddite way to hold a nominating vote.

    • Bill – It is the alternative to going to a gymnasium and standing around in different corners to indicate your preference, which is how everyone used to do it and how some states still do it. Over 23,000 Republicans took part in the ballot-caucus in Alaska in 2016. It’s not perfect. – sd

    • I did this at the Shriners Hall on NLB years ago (2016?)
      It was good (but in the evening)
      I took two kids w/ me & we had a nice talk w/ Loren Leman.
      It was nice to meet other conservatives in this liberal (ANC) cesspool.

    • It’s a work day, but after work hours. Do you have to have everything handed to you on a silver platter?

  3. Suzanne, thank you so much for providing this information! This is an important year and people need to be awake, watching what is going, and getting involved. This year may be the last year we ever get to vote if people do not stand up and make their voices heard!
    Everyone: the question to repeal rank choice voting has been approved to be on the ballot! We all need to vote to repeal rank choice voting! Thank you Phil Izon for making this happen!

  4. The Republican Party in Alaska is acting just like the FAKE REPULICANS in the Senate and House on the federal level. They ARE NOT Republicans – They are the UNIPARTY TRAITORS that are destroying our Nation. If we allow them to do so, it is on us. We have been SOLD OUT by the corrupt, traitorous elites and political class that we so foolishly believed represented us. These jerks need to be removed from office by every LEGAL means possible to save this Nation

    • So I assume you are not an active member of the Republican Party, just a complainer. Too bad. You can only change things from the inside, not the outside (complaining and not activating)!

      • Sally, I have been active in the Republican Party and that is when I discovered that, for the most part, they do what the national party does. The National Party pretty much supports the uniparty.. I agree with you AK907!

    • KB – There is no district chair for the Republicans in D-40, so it apparently is not organized to have a PPP. The district is heavily democratic and often the Republicans cannot find a chair. Districts 38, 39, downtown Anchorage D-19, and Sitka-Klawock D-2 also don’t have district chairs. -sd

  5. You left out the location for District 8 in Sterling. It’s at the Sterling Community Center, 38377 Swanson River Road, Sterling, AK 99672, from 3-8pm on Tuesday, March 5. Also note that all polling places will accept votes from out of district. You can go to your nearest polling location and vote, even if you don’t live near there.

    • We are posting what we got from the GOP, which may be incomplete, but it’s what we have. – sd

  6. Home now from casting my preference ballot. The crowd was large, District 16. The Nick Begich squad had a table set up right next to Bronson’s

  7. Thank you so much, Suzanne! I was so confused, but this article cleared everything up for me. Good writing:)

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