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The director shall prepare all official ballots to facilitate fairness, simplicity, and clarity in the voting procedure, to reflect most accurately the intent of the voter, and to expedite the administration of elections. The following directives shall be followed when applicable:
(1) The director shall determine the size of the ballot, the type of print, necessary additional instruction notes to voters, and other similar matters of form not provided by law.
(2) The director shall number ballots in series to ensure simplicity and secrecy and to prevent fraud.
(3) The director shall contract for the preparation of ballots under AS 36.30 (State Procurement Code).
(4) The director may not include on the ballot, as a part of a candidate's name, any honorary or assumed title or prefix but may include in the candidate's name any nickname or familiar form of a proper name of the candidate.
(5) The names of the candidates and their party designations shall be placed in separate sections on the state general election ballot under the office designation to which they were nominated. The party affiliation, if any, shall be designated after the name of the candidate. The lieutenant governor and the governor shall be included under the same section. Provision shall be made for voting for write-in and no-party candidates within each section. Paper ballots for the state general election shall be printed on white paper.
(6) The names of the candidates for each office shall be set out in the same order on ballots printed for use in each house district. The director shall randomly determine the order of the names of the candidates for state representative for each house district. The director shall rotate the order of placement of the names of candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, United States senator, United States representative, and state senator on the ballot for each house district.
(7) The general election ballot shall be designed with the names of candidates of each political party, and of any independent candidates qualified under AS 15.30.026, for the office of President and Vice-President of the United States placed in the same section on the ballot rather than the names of electors of President and Vice-President.
(8) The general or special election ballot shall be designed with the title and proposition for any initiative, referendum, or constitutional amendment formulated as prescribed by law and placed on the ballot in the manner prescribed by the director. When placed on the ballot, a state ballot proposition or ballot question shall carry the number that was assigned to the petition for the proposition or question. Provision shall be made for marking the proposition “Yes” or “No.”
(9) The general or special election ballot shall be designed with the question of whether a constitutional convention shall be called placed on the ballot in the following manner: “Shall there be a constitutional convention?” Provision shall be made for marking the question “Yes” or “No.”
(10) A nonpartisan ballot shall be designed for each judicial district in which a justice or judge is seeking retention in office. The ballot shall be divided into four parts. Each part must bear a heading indicating the court to which the candidate is seeking approval, and provision shall be made for marking each question “Yes” or “No.” Within each part, the question of whether the justice or judge shall be approved or rejected shall be set out in substantially the following manner:
(A) “Shall ․․․․․․․ be retained as justice of the supreme court for 10 years?”;
(B) “Shall ․․․․․․․․․ be retained as judge of the court of appeals for eight years?”;
(C) “Shall ․․․․․․․ be retained as judge of the superior court for six years?”; or
(D) “Shall ․․․․․․․ be retained as judge of the district court for four years?”
(11) When the legislature by law authorizes a state debt for capital improvements, the director shall place the question of whether the specific authorization shall be ratified by placing the ballot title and question on the next general election ballot, or on the special election ballot if a special election is held for the purpose of ratifying the state debt for capital improvements before the time of the next general election. Unless specifically provided otherwise in the Act authorizing the debt, the ballot title shall, by the use of a few words in a succinct manner, indicate the general subject of the Act. The question shall, by the use of a few sentences in a succinct manner, give a true and impartial summary of the Act authorizing the state debt. The question of whether state debt shall be contracted shall be assigned a letter of the alphabet on the ballot. Provision shall be made for marking the question substantially as follows:
“Bonds․․․․․․․ Yes” or “Bonds ․․․․․․ No,” followed by an appropriate oval.
(12) The director may provide for the optical scanning of ballots where the requisite equipment is available.
(13) The director may provide for voting by use of electronically generated ballots by a voter who requests to use a machine that produces electronically generated ballots.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Alaska Statutes Title 15. Elections § 15.15.030. Preparation of official ballot - last updated April 21, 2021 | https://codes.findlaw.com/ak/title-15-elections/ak-st-sect-15-15-030/
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