Alaska politics aren’t like politics in the lower 48. Between their red-hot governor’s race and coalitions in the state legislature, there’s a lot at stake in November. Here’s the 411 on Alaska’s primary.
Alaska has its statewide primary election on Tuesday, August 21. If you’re a voter in Alaska, all the resources you need to vote are listed here; if you’re not in the state, consider sharing this post with friends or on social media to increase awareness and turnout!
Alaska Voter Resources
Confirm your voter registration: https://iwillvote.com/
Info for overseas/military voters here
Find your polling place here
Check ID requirements here
Early & absentee voting info here
Special needs voting info here
Alaska Politics: A Snapshot
• No Senators are up for re-election in 2018
• 1 House Representative is up for re-election
• Voted +15 for Trump in 2016
• Current partisan breakdown of the state legislature:
>>> Governor (I)
>>> State Senate Majority coalition: 14 (R) + 1 (D); Minority: 5 (D)
>>> State House Majority coalition: 17 (D) + 3 (R) + 2 (I); Minority: 18 (R)
The sitting governor, Bill Walker, is the only governor in the U.S. who is an Independent. He is running for re-election. He was originally voted into office in 2014 with the help of the Democrats, but in 2018 with former Sen. Mark Begich running for the Democrats, he cannot count on their help this election. This governor’s race has been rated by multiple outlets as one of the most competitive gubernatorial contest this cycle.
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Don Young (R) has been serving as Alaska’s sole U.S. Representative since 1972. He is running for re-election. Cook Political Report has this seat rated as R+9, making it competitive, but just barely. The Democrats running for the seat are:
10 of the 20 seats in the Senate are up for re-election this year. Democrats need to flip 5 of the 7 Republican seats up for re-election to control the Senate. A list of the districts with re-elections and the candidates running for those seats can be found here.
All 40 seats in the House are up for re-election this year. While the Republicans have the technical majority, the Democrats formed a majority coalition by pulling in 3 Republicans and two Independents. The Republicans are targeting the three seats held by Republicans caucusing with the Democrats. A list of the candidates running for the House can be found here.
NOTE: If you’re unsure which state district you’re in, type in your address at Open States to get that info.
A Final Note
For a more complete list of state races in the primary, visit Ballotpedia: Alaska Elections 2018. You can enter your address at 411Vote to see a sample ballot. To learn about events featuring candidates running for office, connect with your local chapter of the Alaska Democrats.