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Sec. 15.07.075. Voters unaffiliated with a political party.

The director shall consider a voter to be a voter registered as

(1) "nonpartisan" and without a preference for a political party if the voter registers as nonpartisan on a voter registration form;

(2) "undeclared" if the voter

(A) registers as undeclared on a voter registration form;

(B) fails to declare an affiliation with a political group or political party on a voter registration form; or

(C) declares an affiliation with an entity other than a political party or political group on a voter registration form; or

(3) "other" if the voter declares on a voter registration form an affiliation with a political group.

Sec. 15.07.080. Registration officials to serve during the 1968 primary and general election. [Repealed, Sec. 38 ch 116 SLA 1972].

Repealed or Renumbered

Sec. 15.07.081. Registration officials.

The director shall appoint one or more registration officials to serve in each precinct polling place in all elections during the hours the polling places are open. An election official appointed under AS 15.10 may also serve as a registration official.

Sec. 15.07.090. Voting after change of name; reregistration; amendment or transfer of registration.

(a) A voter whose name is changed by marriage or court order may vote under the previous name, but a voter who desires to use a new name shall vote a questioned ballot.

(b) A voter shall reregister if the voter's registration is cancelled as provided in AS 15.07.130 . The reregistration is effective for the next election that occurs at least 30 days after the date of reregistration.

(c) The director shall transfer the registration of a voter from one precinct to another within a house district when requested by the voter. The request shall be made 30 or more days before the election day. The director shall transfer the registration of a voter from one house district to another when requested by the voter. The voter must reside in the new house district for at least 30 days in order to vote.

(d) A person who claims to be a registered voter, but for whom no evidence of registration in the precinct can be found, shall be granted the right to vote in the same manner as that of a questioned voter and the ballot shall be treated in the same manner. The ballot shall be considered to be a "questioned ballot" and shall be so designated. The director or the director's representative shall determine whether the voter is registered in the house district before counting the ballot. A voter who has failed to obtain a transfer as provided in (c) of this section shall vote a "questioned ballot" in the precinct in which the voter resides.

Sec. 15.07.100. Registration officials.

(a) A registration official shall be a qualified state voter and shall take an oath to honestly, faithfully, and promptly perform the duties of the office.

(b) Training for registration officials shall be provided by the director. On the completion of training, the director may require that officials demonstrate their competence by a test or other method.

(c) A registration official serves at the pleasure of the director. Each registration official shall be periodically evaluated by the director based on the completeness of the registration forms, timely filing of registration forms, and the voter registration activity attributed to the registration official.

(d) A registration official shall transmit completed voter registration forms to the election supervisor within five days following completion by the voter.

Sec. 15.07.110. Payment for registration. [Repealed, Sec. 22 ch. 58 SLA 1995].

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Sec. 15.07.120. Custody of registers.

A master register shall at all times remain in the custody of the director. The person who is the area election supervisor shall likewise maintain a register of all voters within the precincts of the area house district that person supervises.

Sec. 15.07.125. Official registration list.

The director shall prepare an official registration list for each election consisting of the names of (1) all voters whose registrations are not inactive; and (2) all voters whose names are required to be placed on the list by AS 15.07.070 (c) or (d). A list of persons eligible to vote in each precinct at that election shall be prepared from the official registration list.

Sec. 15.07.127. Preparation of master register.

The director shall prepare both a statewide list and a list by precinct of the names and addresses of all persons whose names appear on the master register and their political party affiliation. Subject to the limitations of AS 15.07.195 , any person may obtain a copy of the list, or a part of the list, or an electronic format containing both residence and mailing addresses of voters, by applying to the director and paying to the state treasury a fee as determined by the director.

Sec. 15.07.130. Voter registration list maintenance.

(a) Periodically, at times of the director's choosing, but no less frequently than in January of each calendar year, the director shall examine the master register maintained under AS 15.07.120 and shall send, by nonforwardable mail to the voter's registration mailing address, a notice requesting address confirmation or correction to each voter

(1) whose mail from the division has been returned to the division in the two years immediately preceding the examination of the register;

(2) who has not contacted the division in the two years immediately preceding the examination of the register; or

(3) who has not voted or appeared to vote in the two general elections immediately preceding the examination of the register.

(b) If a registered voter has not, within the preceding four calendar years, contacted the division and has neither voted nor appeared to vote in a local, regional school board, primary, special, or general election during the last four calendar years and a notice sent to the voter under (a) of this section was returned as undeliverable, the voter shall be advised by a notice sent by forwardable mail to the voter's last known address that registration will be inactivated unless the voter responds to the notice no later than 45 days after the date of the notice sent under this section. The director shall maintain on the master register the name of a voter whose registration is inactivated. The director shall cancel a voter's inactive registration in accordance with the procedures set out in 42 U.S.C. 1973gg-6 (sec. 8, National Voter Registration Act of 1993) after the second general election that occurs after the registration becomes inactive if the voter does not contact the division or vote or appear to vote.

(c) The director shall obtain from the bureau of vital statistics a certified list of all residents over 18 years of age who have died or who have been presumptively declared dead. Promptly after receipt of each list, but, in any event, at least once each month, the director shall cancel the registration of all deceased voters.

(d) The notice sent under (b) of this section must include a postage prepaid and pre-addressed return card on which the voter may state the voter's current address. The notice must indicate

(1) that the voter should return the card not later than 45 days after the date of the notice if the voter did not change residence;

(2) that failure to return the card by the 45-day deadline could result in removal of the voter's name from the official registration list for a subsequent election;

(3) that the voter's registration will be cancelled if the voter does not contact the division during, or vote or appear to vote in an election held during, the period beginning on the date of the notice and ending on the day after the last day of the fourth calendar year that occurs after the date of notice; and

(4) how the voter can continue to be eligible to vote if the voter has changed residence.

(e) For purposes of (b) and (d) of this section, a voter "appears to vote" if

(1) the voter is present at a polling place or at an absentee voting station at a time when the polling place or absentee voting station is operating, for the purpose of casting a vote;

(2) the voter applies to the division to obtain an absentee ballot; or

(3) in an election conducted by mail under AS 15.20.800 , a voter who has not received a ballot by mail makes a timely request to the division for a ballot.

(f) For the purpose of this section, a voter "contacts" the division if the voter notifies the division of a change of address, responds to a notice sent under this section, signs a petition for a ballot measure, requests a new voter registration card, or otherwise communicates with the division other than to vote or register to vote.

Sec. 15.07.135. Cancellation of registration of convicted persons.

(a) The director shall make reasonable efforts to obtain the names of persons convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude. Promptly after receipt of evidence satisfactory to the director that a person has been convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude, the director shall cancel the registration of the person.

(b) Upon presenting proof that a person whose registration was canceled under (a) of this section has been unconditionally discharged from custody, the person may register. The director shall make reasonable efforts to verify the unconditional discharge of persons applying for registration under this subsection.

Sec. 15.07.137. Voting information from municipalities.

Within 60 days after each election held in a municipality, the municipal clerk shall certify and send to the director the official registration list containing the names, residence addresses, and voter identification numbers of all persons voting in each precinct in that election. The names of the persons who voted in the municipal election shall be indicated on the official registration list sent to the director by the municipal clerk.

Sec. 15.07.140. General administrative supervision by director.

The director shall provide general administrative supervision over the registration and reregistration of voters. The director shall, no later than 120 days before any general election, arrange to have the list of registered voters in a usable electronic format provided free of charge to each political party. Upon request by the mayor or manager of a municipality, the director shall furnish registration information for all precincts all or part of which are within the boundaries of the local government unit.

Sec. 15.07.150. Appeals from denial of registration.

When a person is refused registration by a registration official, the official shall at the time of the refusal give to the registration applicant, in writing, the reason or reasons for the refusal. The person shall have the right to an immediate appeal to the area election supervisor, which appeal may be taken informally, and either verbally or in writing. When a voter is refused registration by an area election supervisor the action shall be reviewed by the superior court of the judicial district; the area election supervisor shall file a petition with the superior court for a judicial determination. If the petition is filed within 45 days before the date of a statewide election, the petition shall be given precedence over other matters pending before the court.

Sec. 15.07.160. Unlawful action.

(a) Except as provided in AS 15.07.135 , a registration official may not refuse to register a person who is qualified to vote under provisions of AS 15.05.010 (1) - (3).

(b) A person knowingly lacking the qualifications of a voter may not register under AS 15.07.030 to vote.

(c) [Repealed, Sec. 231 ch 100 SLA 1980].

Sec. 15.07.170. False statements. [Repealed, Sec. 49 ch 86 SLA 1996].

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Sec. 15.07.180. Fees prohibited.

A registration official may not accept a fee from an applicant applying for registration.

Sec. 15.07.190. Violation of AS 15.07.180 .

A person who violates AS 15.07.180 is guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction is punishable by imprisonment for not more than one year, or by a fine of not more than $1,000, or by both.

Sec. 15.07.195. Certain information in voter registration records confidential.

(a) The following information set out in state voter registration records is confidential and is not open to public inspection:

(1) the voter's age or date of birth;

(2) the voter's social security number, or any part of that number;

(3) the voter's driver's license number;

(4) the voter's voter identification number;

(5) the voter's place of birth;

(6) the voter's signature.

(b) In addition to the information in (a) of this section, a voter may elect in writing to keep the voter's residential address confidential and not open to public inspection if the voter provides a separate mailing address. However, notwithstanding an election under this subsection, a voter's residential address may be disclosed to

(1) a watcher appointed under AS 15.10.170 and, in the case of a watcher appointed by an organization or group sponsoring or opposing an initiative, referendum, or recall group, authorized by the director;

(2) an observer of a recount provided under AS 15.20.440 (b) by a candidate, political party, or organized group having a direct interest in the recount; or

(3) the subject of a recall election if the voter voted in the recall election.

(c) Notwithstanding other provisions, and in compliance with federal law, information made confidential by this section may be released by the division

(1) to a local, state, or federal government agency, including to the child support services agency created in AS 25.27.010 or the child support enforcement agency of another state; the agency receiving information under this paragraph may use the information only for governmental purposes authorized under law;

(2) in compliance with a court order;

(3) to a person holding a writ of execution against the person or property of the voter; or

(4) if the voter about whom information has been requested has provided written consent to the release.

(d) Nothing in this section shall prohibit the release of a voter's voter ascension number if that information may be released under other provisions of law.

Sec. 15.07.200. Registration supervision.

The registration program is under the supervision of the director in accordance with AS 15.10.105 .

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