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Tuesday is Election Day. Here’s a guide for Alaska voters.

  • Author: Annie Zak
  • Updated: November 6, 2018
  • Published November 5, 2018

Voters stand in line to early vote at the Region II Elections office at 2525 Gambell St. on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. (Bill Roth / ADN)

Voters will head to the polls on Tuesday to pick the next governor of Alaska and cast their votes for the state's sole U.S. House seat, the state Legislature, and more.

As of Monday, 62,581 ballots had already been voted and returned, according to the Alaska Division of Elections. (That's more than 20 percent of the turnout the last time Alaskans voted for governor, in 2014.)

Here's a rundown of Alaska's Election Day 2018.

What's on the ballot?

Republican Mike Dunleavy and Democrat Mark Begich are vying for the governorship. Gov. Bill Walker, an independent, was in the race up until Oct. 19. That's when he suspended his re-election campaign, three days after his former Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott resigned from office after making unspecified "inappropriate comments" to a woman.

Because he didn't formally withdraw from the race by the Sept. 4 deadline to do so, Walker's name is still on the ballot even though he has dropped his campaign. Mallott's name remains there, too. Walker said last week he had voted for Begich.

Election official Grace Ann Pierce offers pizza to voters standing in line to early vote at the Region II Elections office at 2525 Gambell St. on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. The pizza was sent anonymously to the polling place during the lunch hour. (Bill Roth / ADN)

State Sen. Kevin Meyer is the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, and Debra Call is the Democratic candidate for that office.

Libertarian candidate Billy Toien is also on the ballot for the governor's race, alongside that party's lieutenant governor candidate, Carolyn Clift.

Republican U.S. Rep. Don Young, the longest serving member of the House of Representatives and Alaska's lone House member, faces independent challenger Alyse Galvin. She's trying to oust Young from the seat he's held for 45 years.

Voters will also decide on the hotly debated Ballot Measure 1, known as Stand for Salmon. The measure would require the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to apply new standards to permitting activities and projects that "have the potential to harm fish habitat," the online sample ballot reads.

There are more than a dozen competitive races for seats in the Alaska Legislature.

Also in this election, 15 district and Superior Court judges are up for retention. That includes Anchorage Superior Court Judge Michael Corey, who in September approved a controversial no-jail plea agreement for a man who was charged for choking an Alaska Native woman unconscious and then masturbating on her.

You can look up sample ballots by House district on the Alaska Division of Elections website. (The elections division also has a list and maps online, in case you're wondering which district you're in.)

“I Voted” sticker featuring a caribou during early voting on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. (Bill Roth / ADN)

How do I vote?

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday for registered voters to cast their ballots. Early voting started Oct. 22.

You have to bring a form of identification to your polling place. Examples include a driver's license, state ID card, voter ID card, passport, or military ID.

To find your polling place, you can visit the elections division's website. You can also call 1-888-383-8683 to figure out where to vote. (In Anchorage, call 269-8683.)

Voters who are unable to go to the polls because of age, serious illness or a disability can vote a ballot picked up by a personal representative.

Absentee ballots returned by mail must be postmarked on or before Election Day. If you're voting a by-fax ballot, it must be received no later than 8 p.m. Alaska standard time on Tuesday when returning it via fax or be postmarked on or before Election Day when returning it via mail.

You can also vote absentee in-person. Check the state website for absentee voting locations.

The Division of Elections will begin posting results on its website at about 9 p.m. on election night and will update the results every 15 to 20 minutes after the polls close until results have been received by all precincts if possible, the division said.

People around the country Tuesday will head to polls to cast their votes in the midterm elections.

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