VRM in the States: Alaska
In a November 2016 referendum, Alaskans voted to institute automatic voter registration through the state’s Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) Application. The PFD is a sum paid by the state to Alaska residents, and eligible residents must apply each year to receive it. Once the system is implemented, eligible voters will be automatically registered to vote or have their existing registration information updated when they complete their annual PFD application. Individuals will have the opportunity to select a party affiliation or decline registration via a mailer sent to them after their PFD information is received.
Prior Advances in Voter Registration Modernization
- Online Voter Registration: Alaska launched online voter registration through the Division of Elections in 2015. Eligible citizens with a state driver’s license or non-driver ID can use the system to register to vote and update their registration information.