AFN and ANCSA Regional Association Release Final List of New Absentee Early Voting Sites in Rural Alaska

The Native leadership team working to establish new absentee in-person and early voting sites has completed its work and released the final list of new sites. An astonishing 128 villages were added in 11 business days.

The team, with representatives from the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN), the ANCSA Regional Association, and Get Out The Native Vote (GOTNV), agreed on June 19 to partner with the Division of Elections in establishing absentee in-person voting sites in villages that either did not have one or needed to reestablish themselves officially with the state

“This is just one step in ensuring the Native community is able to exercise our fundamental right to vote,” said Julie Kitka, President of AFN.  “The team’s next efforts will be to continue non-partisan voter registration, and to educate voters on the issues and candidate races.”

In all, the team contacted some 180 villages.  Some of the villages were already permanent absentee in-person voting sites.  The team established new sites in 128 villages, which the Division of Election approved.

AFN and the ANCSA Regional Association would like to thank the villages and tribal governments that agreed to take on absentee in-person and early voting duties, and the individuals who have agreed to serve as absentee polling site workers.

Below is a list of all villages participating in absentee in-person voting sites.

Adak

Akiachak

Akiak

Akutan

Alakanuk

Allakaket

Aleknagik

Ambler

Anaktuvuk Pass

Anvik

Arctic Village

Atmautluak

Atqasuk

Beaver

Bettles

Birch Creek

Brevig Mission

Buckland

Cantwell

Chefornak

Chevak

Chignik Bay

Chistochina

Chitina

Chuathbaluk

Circle

Clark’s Point

Copper Center

Crooked Creek

Deering

Diomede

Eagle

Eek

Egegik

Ekwok

Elim

Emmonak

Fort Yukon

Gakona

Gambell

Golovin

Goodnews Bay

Grayling

Gulkana

Holy Cross

Hooper Bay

Hughes

Huslia

Kaktovik

Kaltag

Kasigluk

Kiana

King Cove

King Salmon

Kipnuk

Kivalina

Kobuk

Kokhanok

Koliganek

Kongiganak

Kotlik

Koyuk

Kwethluk

Kwigillingok

Larsen Bay

Levelock

Lower Kalskag

Manokotak

Marshall

Mekoryuk

Mentasta

Mountain Village

Napakiak

Napaskiak

Newhalen

New Stuyahok

Newtok

Nightmute

Nikolai

Nikolski

Nondalton

Noatak

Noorvik

Northway

Nuiqsut

Nunam Iqua

Nunapitchuk

Oscarville

Ouzinkie

Pedro Bay

Perryville

Pilot Station

Point Hope

Point Lay

Port Heiden

Port Lions

Quinhagak

Ruby

Russian Mission

Savoonga

Scammon Bay

Selawik

Shageluk

Shaktoolik

Shishmaref

Shungnak

Sleetmute

St. George

St. Michael

South Naknek

Stebbins

Stony River

Takotna

Tanana

Tatitlek

Tazlina

Teller

Togiak

Toksook Bay

Tuluksak

Tununak

Tuntutuliak

Tyonek

Upper Kalskag

Venetie

Wainwright

Wales

White Mountain

 

What is the difference between absentee in-person voting and early voting?

When voting absentee in-person, the voter’s eligibility to vote is verified after the voter is issued a ballot.  Since the voter’s eligibility can not be verified at the time of voting, the voter’s voted ballot is placed inside an absentee voting envelope prior to being placed in the ballot box.

When voting early, the voter’s eligibility to vote is verified at the time of voting through the Division of Elections statewide voter registration system. A voter is eligible to vote early if the voter is voting at the Regional Elections Office where the voter is registered and if the voter’s registration record is active and current. Since the voter’s eligibility to vote could be verified, the voter simply signs a certificate and the voted ballot is placed directly into the ballot box.