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The complete research by Election Law @ Moritz for Alaska can be found below.

Institutional Arrangements

State Chief Election Authorities

Republican appointee

Chief election authority: Director of elections. AS § 15.60.010.

Method of selection: Appointed by lieutenant governor. AS § 15.10.105. Serves at pleasure of lieutenant governor.

Current officer: Gail Fenumiai. Alaska Digest, Anchorage Daily News, December 15, 2007. Appointed by Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell (R). Voice of the Times, Anchorage Daily News, October 17, 2006. (Last updated 12/29/07)

State High Court Composition

Unknown affiliation/appointed

Method of selection: Gubernatorial appointment with subsequent retention election. § 22.05.080 to 22.05.100.

Justices: Dana Fabe (D), Warren W. Matthews (D), Robert L. Eastaugh (appointed by Hickel (R)), Walter L. Carpeneti (appointed by Knowles (D)), Daniel Winfree (appointed by Palin (R)) (Last updated 12/19/07)


  • State Net Capitol Journal, June 18, 2001, Volume IX, No. 25; Reapportionment.
  • Chief Justice Keeps Restrained Outlook, Matthews Looks Forward to New Responsibilities, Anchorage Daily News, September 15, 1987.
  • Gov. Palin Names Daniel E. Winfree to Alaska Supreme Court, US State News, November 16, 2007.
  • Appointing first female justice in Alaska, Anchorage Daily News, November 2, 1995.
  • Supreme Court Justice Appointed, Anchorage Daily News, November 6, 1998.

Voter Registration

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Provisional Ballots

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Early and Absentee Voting

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Voting Technology

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Polling Place Operations

Polling place closing times - local times

8:00 PM local time

Polling place closing times - by Eastern time zone

12;00 AM Eastern time - Alaska

Ballot Security

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Emergency Preparedness

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Post-Election Processes

What Court Would Hear a Presidential Contest?

Trial Court

A Presidential contest in Alaska may be brought in superior court. AS § 15.20.550. Superior courts are local trial courts. AK Const. Art. 4, § 3. Superior court judges are nominated by the state judicial council and appointed by the governor. AK Const. Art. 4, § 5. However, they are subject to subsequent retention elections by nonpartisan ballot. AK Const. Art. 4, § 6. There are no partisan constraints on who is appointed. The seven members of the judicial council are appointed “without regard to political affiliation.” AK Const. Art. 4, § 8.

Who Performs Presidential recounts?


The state’s Director of Elections conducts recounts. 15.20.480. The Director is appointed by the lieutenant governor. 15.10.105. The lieutenant governor is elected. Candidates and other interested parties may attend and witness the recount. 15.20.470.