General election voter registration deadline looms

Posted: Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Unregistered voters who wish to cast ballots in the general election Nov. 7 have less than a week to sign up.

Sunday, Oct. 8, is the deadline for registering to vote or for updating an existing registration.

Alaskans may register at Alaska Division of Elections regional offices, which are open from noon to 4 p.m. for voter registration. The Kenai Elections Office is located at 11312 Kenai Spur Highway, Suite 45. However, there are several other government offices at which one may fill out and turn in a registration application.

These include such places as offices of the Department of Motor Vehicles, divisions of the Department of Health and Social Services that provide public assistance (including food stamps, Medicaid, Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), and Alaska Temporary Assistance Program), and the Division of Community Advocacy within the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development.

A person may also register at any recruitment office of the armed forces of the United States located in Alaska.

Kenai Peninsula Borough and city municipal clerks’ offices also can provide you with and application and accept it on behalf of the Division of Elections.

On occasion, you may run across people on street corners, at shopping locations, or at community functions and the like who can help you fill out an application and accept it from you. These volunteer registrars have taken a class from the Division of Elections. They are required to turn in signed applications within five days.

According to the Alaska Division of Elections, if you have not previously registered to vote in Alaska and are submitting an application by mail, you must include a copy of your driver’s license, or a state ID card, birth certificate, passport or hunting license. You also will need to provide your birth date, at least the last four digits of your social security number.

Applications may be faxed or hand-delivered to any Division of Elections office.

A voter card will be mailed to the newly registered voter within a month.

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