Alaska - Open Primaries
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Primary Elections State By State



  • Democratic congressional and state primaries: open
  • Republican congressional and state primaries: mixed
  • Democratic Presidential primary: closed
  • Republican Presidential primary: closed


Primary Type Definitions



  • Optional party affiliation. Voters are given the option to affiliate or not to affiliate with a political party on the registration form.
  • 58% of Alaska voters are registered unaffiliated, undeclared or independent.


Details of state and local primary elections:

  • The Republican Party allows registered Republicans, nonpartisan, and undeclared voters to participate in their primary.
  • The Alaskan Democratic Party, the Alaskan Independence Party, and the Alaska Libertarian Party allow any registered voter to participate in their primary. 

State Partners:

A diverse group of Alaskans have come together to create Alaskans for Better Elections- dedicated to putting Alaskans back in control of their elections and making them “more open, transparent, and fair.” Opening the primaries to all voters is one of the group’s key goals, along with implementing ranked choice voting and campaign finance disclosure.  Alaska has the highest number of registered independent voters of any state in the country - 58% of all voters. Alaskans for Better Elections believes that their reform package will enfranchise independents, give all voters real choice and reduce partisanship in the state. The campaign has gathered enough signatures and is approved to have the voters of Alaska weigh in on in Fall 2020!


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published this page in What's happening in your state? 2015-06-09 16:03:29 -0400