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Alaska editorial: Registration check

Posted: Friday, July 09, 2010

With elections approaching, all the candidate advertising and chatter will stir the political souls of many Alaskans. By Aug. 24, even the most disinterested individual might be motivated to roll down to the local polling place and cast a vote in the primary election.

Attempting so will be futile, though, if that individual has not registered to vote. Those people who are not registered must do so by July 25 if they want to vote in the Aug. 24 primary election.

Fortunately, the state has made it easy to check an individual's registration status by going online to the Alaska Division of Elections website.

It's a handy tool for those folks who don't get around to voting often and can't recall whether they've registered or updated their information on file with the state.

Even those who know they're registered properly, though, might find the state's online tool useful. That's because just another click will provide information on an individual's election district. That will help people figure out which state legislative races are relevant in their neighborhoods.

The web page also will provide the name of a voter's home precinct and - best of all - the address of the polling place for that precinct. The polling location is one of those facts that is easy to find but always ends up stumping a few potential voters. They'd planned to vote, they'll tell you the day after an election, but they didn't know where to go.

With the state's new online form, getting that information is as easy as typing in your name and clicking a few screen buttons. Go online to www.elections.alaska.gov. Click on the "online tools" link at the bottom of the list on the left side of the screen and follow the directions from there.

It's the first, essential step in turning those political inclinations into action.



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