In the next week or so, every registered Democrat in Alaska should receive a postcard from the Alaska Democratic Party (ADP) that looks a bit like the one in the picture.
A couple of details are important here:
- As I understand things, this card is only going to registered Democrats, so if you think of yourself as a Democrat but are registered as nonpartisan or undeclared, you won’t receive a card.
- People who get a card will get a ballot for the primary in the next couple of weeks. The ADP is encouraging everyone who gets a ballot in the mail to vote by mail instead of voting in person. Mail in ballots have to be postmarked by March 24th.
- The primary will be conducted with ranked choice voting. Keep in mind that when the ballot was designed there were 8 candidates, but five of them have withdrawn! More information about ranked choice voting and a sample ballot are available here: https://www.alaskademocrats.org/2020-presidential-primary.
- If you want to vote in person, you can do so on April 4th.
- If you believe that you are a registered Democrat but do not receive a card like the one in the picture, check at the official State of Alaska Online Voter Registration system (OLVR) at this address: https://voterregistration.alaska.gov/
OLVR will let you register as a new voter – OR – update your voter registration information, including party registration. So, if you’ve moved or want to change your registration, that is the place to go; 4-6 weeks after you make a change in OLVR, you’ll get a card or letter from the State letting you know it was processed. You’ll need your Alaska driver’s license number, by the way.