2022 Statewide Elections Overview
Alaska will have two statewide elections in 2022.
- Special election to fill the U.S. Representative seat vacancy (until January 3, 2023).
- General election for US Senate, US House of Representatives, Governor, Alaska State Senate, and Alaska State House of Representatives for the next terms.
On August 16, 2022, Alaskans will head to the polls to vote in both the regular primary election to choose the candidates for the general election in November, as well as the special election. Both elections will be on the same ballot, which is double-sided. The front side is the Open, Pick-1 primary; the back side is the Special Election.
Your polling place may have changed - you can check your voter information on the Division of Elections website after July 13, 2022 at: myvoterinformation.alaska.gov
How do I vote in the primary election?
How do I vote in the special general election?
- Rank the candidates you like in order of prefer.
- Your favorite is your 1st choice.
- Ranking other candidates doesn’t affect your 1st choice.
- Ranking additional candidates ensures that you have a voice in choosing your representative, even if that person is not your first choice.
How are votes counted in the ranked choice voting general election?
- If a candidate receives a majority of 1st choice votes (50%+1), they win.
- If no candidate receives a majority, the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated and voters that ranked the candidate as their 1st choice have their vote counted for their next choice. This process continues until one candidate receives a majority of votes.
- Alaska State law allows up to 15 days for an absentee ballot to be received after Election Day, ensuring voters from Rural Alaska and overseas have their voices heard. In order to allow each vote to be counted before the next round, only first-round results will be reported for the first 15 days following an election.