Alaska Statutes.
Title 15. Elections
Chapter 20. Special Procedures For Elections
Section 82. Absentee Voting By Mail From Outside the United States or in a Remote Area; Special Absentee Ballots.
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AS 15.20.082. Absentee Voting By Mail From Outside the United States or in a Remote Area; Special Absentee Ballots.

(a) The director shall prepare special absentee ballots under this section for use in a state primary election, a state general election, and a state special election when the voter notifies the director in writing that the voter expects to be living, working, or traveling outside the United States at the time of the election, or in a remote area of the state where distance, terrain, or other natural conditions deny the voter reasonable access to a polling place at the time of the election. The director shall prepare the ballot so that it may be sent to the absentee voter 60 days before the date of the election. The director shall list on the ballot the different races to be voted on at the particular election on a statewide basis, and, if the director prepares the ballot without the names of candidates printed on the ballot, the director shall provide the voter with information described in (c) of this section.

(b) A special state absentee ballot prepared for use under (a) of this section shall contain each judicial retention election and ballot proposition or question scheduled to appear on the particular ballot.

(c) A special state absentee ballot prepared for the state general election or for a state special election shall, if the names of candidates are not yet certified, permit a voter to cast a ballot for all the candidates of a particular political party that expects to have candidates appear on the ballot; for this purpose, the director shall prepare the ballot with party boxes and a blank line for each office to be voted on in that election. The voter may vote for a candidate for that office by writing in the name of a person and filling in the oval to the right of that name, or the voter may mark one of the party boxes. If the voter puts a mark in a party box for that office, the director shall count the mark as a vote cast for the candidate for that office nominated by that party. If the voter writes in a name for an office, the vote shall be counted as a write-in vote for that office. The director shall count the ballots under AS 15.15.360 . The director shall provide the voter with the names of each candidate appearing on the primary election ballot and the names of any candidates who have qualified by petition to appear on the general election ballot.

(d) The director shall prepare the regular absentee ballots as soon as is reasonably possible and shall send the regular absentee ballot to each person receiving a special absentee ballot under this section. The director shall, if the regular absentee ballot is received within the time required by law, count the regular absentee ballot in preference to the special absentee ballot.

(e) The provisions of AS 15.20.066 and 15.20.081 relating to electronic transmission absentee voting do not apply to the procedures established in this section.

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