Alaska has long played an important and integral role in our national security. In fact, Alaska is home to the 49th Missile Defense Battalion of the Alaska National Guard—the first line of defense in our country’s missile interceptor defense system.
Currently, Alaska is home to more than 52,000 active duty military members and spouses. In addition to its National Guard units, Alaska is home to Eielson Air Force Base, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, and Fort Wainwright. Alaska also is home to Integrated Support Command Kodiak, the largest base operated by the United States Coast Guard.
Though a young state, Alaska has a vibrant military tradition, and as such Alaska has done everything in its power to ensure its Heroes’ voices are heard. The Alaska Division of Elections has made sending absentee ballots out on time to soldiers and counting them a top priority.
Year in and year out, Alaska works closely with its National Guard units and active duty military personnel to provide them with an opportunity to request and receive an absentee ballot. Once that ballot has been sent, Alaska has a spotless track record in making sure that ballots are mailed on time. It also provides military voters with up to 10 days after the election to return their ballots when mailed domestically and up to 15 days after the election to return their ballots when mailed from outside the United States.
Active duty military members and their dependents can count on the Alaska Division of Elections to protect their voting rights. In short, Alaska fights as hard for their rights as they are fighting for our rights.