Alaska voting issues
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- 1 Election and registration information
- 2 Governmental election authorities
- 3 Election threats
- 4 State and local non-governmental election organizations
- 5 Articles and resources
Election and registration information
For the 2008 election Alaska used the following voting machines in addition to hand-counted paper ballots in some counties. For a county-by-county list of the specific machines (and the source for this section) see Verified Votings' Verifier tool.
- Main article: Voting machines
Direct-Recording Electronic (DRE) machines with a paper trail:
Optical scan machines:
Director: Gail Fenumiai
- Physical Address:
- Division of Elections, Court Plaza Building, 240 Main Street, 4th Floor, Juneau, AK 99801
- Mailing Address:
- Division of Elections, PO Box 110017, Juneau, AK 99811-0017
- Director's Office:
- Phone (907) 465-4611
- Toll-Free (866) 952-8683
- Fax (907) 465-3203
Vote tabulation procedures
- Nov 18, 2008. Counting has been completed in the Alaska general election. With only 2,500 overseas ballots remaining to be counted, challenger Mark Begich has defeated long-time Senator Ted Stevens by a margin of 3,724 votes, well outside the range which would allow Stevens to request a state-funded recount.
- Nov 12, 2008. Over 30% of the state's ballots remain uncounted, according to tallies released by the Alaska Division of Elections. Over 90,000 absentee, early, and "question" ballots have been held pending verification, and more continue to arrive; absentee ballots sent by mail have up to 15 days after election day (if mailed from overseas) to arrive. Several extremely close races cannot be called due to the large number of outstanding ballots, including the closely-watched race between Senator Ted Stevens and challenger Mark Begich. Currently Stevens leads Begich by 3,257 votes. According to Gail Fenumiai, Director of the Division of Elections, the majority of the ballots will be counted today, with the remainder completed before the state deadline of November 19. Alaska is one of the few states where all votes are counted on the state, rather than county, level. 
- From the Alaska Divison of Elections: Outstanding Absentee, Early and Questioned Ballots To Be Counted – District Breakdown (Updated 11.10.2008)
- Nov 10, 2008. More than 50,000 votes which were not included in the original election-day tallies in Alaska will be counted on Wednesday, according to election officials.  No absentee or early votes, which make up a substantial portion of Alaska's vote tallies, have yet been counted; Alaska officials cross-check all ballots against election day's precinct voter lists to ensure that no one has voted twice before beginning the count.
- For an extensive log of voting machine problems, see the VotersUnite! report on election incidents.
State and local non-governmental election organizations
League of Women Voters, Alaska; Marianne Mills, President
- LWV of Alaska
- 2529 David Street
- Juneau, Alaska 99801
- Phone: 907-364-2614
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: http://lwvalaska.org/index.html
- League of Women Voters of Anchorage
- PO Box 101345
- Anchorage , Alaska 99510-1345
- Phone: (907) 274-8477
- E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Central Peninsula League of Women Voters
- PO Box 2381
- Kenai, AK 99811
- Contact: Lois Pillifant, President
- Phone: (907) 260-3111
- Email: Mom@Alaska.net
- Website: http://lwvalaska.org/cities/contact_ken.html
- League of Women Voters of the Tanana Valley
- P.O. Box 71974
- Fairbanks, AK 99707
- Phone: (907) 456-8963
- Email: LWVAlaska@Hotmail.com
Articles and resources
- The main page on election protection and reform organizations.
- All articles in the Election Protection Wiki project.
- For election day: Things citizens can do to monitor elections and If you are told you cannot vote.
- Sean Cockerham,Begich defeats Stevens in Senate race,Anchorage Daily News, Nov 18, 2008.
- Dan Joling, 30 percent of Alaska ballots waiting to be counted, Associated Press, November 11, 2008.
- Rena Delbridge, One week later, more than one-quarter of Alaska votes still haven’t been counted. Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, November 11, 2008.
- Lisa Desjardins,Alaska to Count 50,000 more votes Wednesday, CNN Political Ticker, gathered November 11, 2008.
- See the VotersUnite! Election Problem Log.
- GoVote.org locates your polling place and other voting information.
- Google map polling locations locates most polling location, may be missing or out of date.
Election Protection hotlines
- 866-OUR-VOTE (National Election Protection Hotline)
- 888-VE-Y-VOTA (Español)
- 800-966-5946 (AALDEF, Asian languages)
- 866-MYVOTE1 (Tom Joyner Hotline - VoterAction, NAACP National Voter Fund)
- 877-523-2792 (ACLU Voting Rights Project Hotline)
- 877-US4-OBAMA (Obama campaign Voter Hotline)
- 866-976-VOTE (McCain campaign Honest and Open Election hotline - leave a message)
- 877-GOCNN08 (CNN Voter Problem Tipline)
- 888-VOTE-TIP (VelvetRevolution Election Protection Hotline for fraud)
- 567-258-VOTE (Twitter Vote Report key in report or leave audio message)
- ACLU's "Know Your Voting Rights - State by State" -- printable brochures summarizing your voting rights, for most states.
- One-page know your rights summaries for 27 states from the AFL-CIO.
- Click here to see the voter ID requirements in all states. From the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Election officials, election reform groups, and elected officials
- Why Tuesday? offers a page for Alaska that helps locate Alaska's elections officials, election reform groups, and elected officials, as well as a page titled Find a group in your area that lets you find similar information for other states.
- Click here to request an absentee ballot. Go Vote Absentee is a project of the Women Donors Network.
- Information for voters with disabilities from NDRN.
Student voting rights
- See Alaska Student Voting Rights for a guide to student voting rights in Alaska. See Student Voting Rights for a guide to other states. From the Brennan Center for Justice.
- See how organizations you trust recommend you vote on ballot measures and other statewide contests at TransparentDemocracy.
- Help in other languages from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. 中文, 日本語, 한국어, Tagalog, Tiếng Việt, Español
- Verified Voting's Alaska page, which provides detailed information on voting equipment in use in every county in Alaska.
- Election Law @ Moritz's Alaska page, which provides detailed information on election law developments in Alaska. See map page to see the information for election developments in any given state.
- Election Law @ Moritz's Alaska general information page, which provides information on Alaska election authorities, post-election processes, and other topics. See map page to see this information for any given state.