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Measure Details

An Act Allowing Qualified Individuals to Register to Vote When Applying for a Permanent Fund Dividend

Alaska Ballot Measure - Ballot Measure Number 1

Election: Nov. 8, 2016 (Primary)
Outcome: Passed

Categories:
Campaign Finance and Elections
Finance and Banking

Yes
197,702
(64.57%)

No
108,467
(35.43%)

Summary

This Act creates another method for a person to register to vote. A person could register using a permanent fund dividend (PFD) application. The person would have to attest that the information on the person's PFD form is true. Voter information on a PFD form would be provided to the Division of Elections. The division would check whether the person is eligible to vote. If the person is eligible, the person would be notified that the person will be registered to vote in this state. An out-of-state registration for the person would be canceled. The person has 30 days to respond to the notice and opt out. The Act provides that voter information on a PFD form would be as confidential as other voter information.

Measure Text

This act would instruct the Division of Elections to register a qualified Alaskan to vote when applying for the permanent fund dividend (PFD). If a person registers to vote for the first time through a PFD application, the Division of Elections would compare the person's information to state records to ensure that the person is an eligible voter. The Division of Elections would let the citizen know if he or she has been added to the state registration list, or if the person's current voting address does not match the one provided on the PFD form. In that case, the person could change their voter registration address. The notice also would allow an applicant to request removal from the registration list. Thus, using the data from the PFD form, the Division of Elections would register a qualified Alaskan to vote unless he or she opts out. The notice would also allow a person to register with a political party. Voter information is already confidential under existing state law.

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