Election 2022

Voting is the way we as citizens of the United States and its component states, counties and cities express our opinions and preferences. We are periodically asked to mark our ballots for candidates for various offices and to weigh in on proposals to change or enact laws, impose new taxes and many other kinds of questions. Voting is the cornerstone of our democratic process.

U.S. House GOP outlines agenda in bid for control in the midterms

BY: - September 23, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Republicans gathered inside a warehouse in Southwestern Pennsylvania on Friday to outline the legislation they’d try to enact if voters give them back control of that chamber following the November midterm elections.  Speaking from an HVAC factory in Monongahela, about an hour south of Pittsburgh, House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy said […]

Rep. David Eastman, R-Wasilla, speaks on the floor of the Alaska House of Representatives on Monday, May 2, 2022 at the Alaska State Capitol in Juneau. (James Brooks / Alaska Beacon)

Alaska Rep. Eastman remains on ballot but could be disqualified after election

BY: - September 23, 2022

An Anchorage Superior Court Judge ruled Thursday that Wasilla Republican Rep. David Eastman is likely ineligible for public office but ordered that he remain on the state’s Nov. 8 election ballots, pending the result of a trial in December. Eastman is heavily favored in the general election, but if he wins in November and the […]

U.S. House candidates suggest smaller role for federal funding in Alaska

BY: - September 23, 2022

Three of the four candidates running to represent Alaska in the U.S. House said on Thursday that they oppose a recent national federal infrastructure law and are concerned about the amount of federal spending in Alaska. The statements from Libertarian Chris Bye, Republican Sarah Palin and Republican Nick Begich III are a significant shift from […]

At Alaska governor candidate forum, Gara and Walker advocate tax changes

BY: - September 21, 2022

In a Wednesday candidate forum hosted in Fairbanks by the Alaska Chamber, Democratic governor candidate Les Gara and independent candidate Bill Walker said that if elected, they would seek new state revenue to pay for a variety of projects and reverse years of cuts to state services. Both men are seeking to unseat incumbent Republican […]

Republican challenges nonpartisan incumbent in race to represent southern Southeast Alaska

BY: - September 21, 2022

A Republican Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly member is challenging the four-term incumbent to represent Ketchikan, Wrangell, Metlakatla, Coffman Cove and other communities of southern Southeast Alaska in the state House. In Jeremy Bynum’s first time running for state office, he got 44% percent of the votes in the August primary to Rep. Dan Ortiz’s 52%. […]

State judge to decide eligibility of Alaska lawmaker linked to Oath Keepers

BY: - September 20, 2022

A state judge will decide by Thursday morning whether Wasilla Republican Rep. David Eastman remains eligible for this fall’s general election. Eastman and the Alaska Division of Elections have been sued by a Matanuska-Susitna Borough man who asserts Eastman’s lifetime membership in a far-right organization violates a clause of the Alaska Constitution that forbids public […]

Here’s how to track campaign cash in Alaska elections

BY: - September 19, 2022

Editor’s Note: This article was partially inspired by a collaboration with Alaska Public Media, which reached out to voters across the state online and in person to find out what you want to know this election season. To learn more, see the end of the article. Because of a federal court decision last year, the […]

Sitka assemblymember and former Hoonah mayor compete for House seat long held by Kreiss-Tompkins

BY: - September 17, 2022

A Sitka assemblymember and a former Hoonah mayor are competing for the Alaska House of Representatives seat being vacated by five-term Sitka Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins. Though nonpartisan candidate Rebecca Himschoot had an edge over Republican Kenny Skaflestad in last month’s open primary – about 54% to roughly 46% – it’s a difference of 373 votes. […]

Fourteen years on, Palin’s ‘bridge to nowhere’ comment still resounds

BY: - September 16, 2022

Ketchikan residents still remember the moment when Sarah Palin said on national TV, “thanks but no thanks for that bridge to nowhere.”   The bridge would have linked the Southeast Alaska town with neighboring Gravina Island, home to the city airport and flat land now seen as needed for affordable housing.  “When you mention Sarah Palin, […]

Signs posted at the intersection of Raspberry Road and Jewel Lake Road in Anchorage, seen on Sept. 13, urge votes for Matt Claman and Mia Costello, competing state Senate candidates in that part of West Anchorage.

Election in West Anchorage could be key to control of Alaska state Senate

BY: - September 15, 2022

The state Senate race in West Anchorage pits two seasoned lawmakers against each other and could be critical in deciding the makeup of the majority caucus that controls the body’s business. For Democratic Rep. Matt Claman, who represents the House district that comprises the northern part of the newly drawn Senate district, the prospect of […]

COMMENTARY

Alaska Beacon offers stories that connect Alaskans with their government

BY: - September 15, 2022

The Alaska Beacon is among 30 affiliates of States Newsroom that’s participating in a news media collaboration on Democracy Day, a yearly opportunity to learn more about how our democracy works.  The Beacon has a focus on informing Alaskans about their state government. Since our launch on May 11, the Beacon staff has written stories […]

Dunleavy challenger attacks incumbent over state’s population decline

BY: - September 14, 2022

One of the leading challengers to incumbent Gov. Mike Dunleavy accused him on Wednesday of supporting policies that have encouraged people to migrate away from Alaska. The other said opportunity in Alaska is “imploding” under the incumbent. “More people have left the state under this governor than have moved here,” said Democratic candidate Les Gara, […]

Election 2022

Voting is the way we as citizens of the United States and its component states, counties and cities express our opinions and preferences. We are periodically asked to mark our ballots for candidates for various offices and to weigh in on proposals to change or enact laws, impose new taxes and many other kinds of questions. Voting is the cornerstone of our democratic process.

Deadlines

October 8th and 9th

Division of Elections offices open for registration

October 9th

voter registration deadline

October 14th

Target date for first mailing of absentee ballots to civilian voters

October 24th

in-person, special needs and by electronic transmission voting begins

October 29th

Absentee by-mail request deadline

November 3rd

Deadline for write-in candidate to submit a letter of intent

November 6th

Daylight Savings Time begins

November 8th

General Election Day

November 18th

Deadline to receive absentee ballots mailed from with the U.S. and postmarked by Election Day

November 23rd

Deadline to receive absentee ballots mailed from overseas and postmarked by Election Day

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