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General information

Dr. Al Gross ran in the Alaska primary as a nonpartisan candidate with the endorsement of the endorsement of state and national Democrats and now runs as the Democratic nominee. If he wins, he will causes with the Democratic Party in the US Senate.

Dr. Al is running against incumbent, Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan. In part, because of his popularity among Independents, this race is unexpectedly close.

On the Presidential level, Trump is favored to win Alaska but again, it is unusually close.

Voter resources

DNC Voter Protection Hotline:
833-336-VOTE (833-336-8683)

Alaska has no excuse required absentee and in-person voting on both Election Day and early voting. Most absentee ballots were mailed approximately October 9th, and thus should be in the voter’s possession.

Absentee ballot deadlines
Request: Received by Oct. 24
Return by mail: Postmarked by Nov. 3
Early voting
Oct. 19 – Nov. 2, but dates and hours may vary based on county

If voters have questions about registering, or checking their registration, or the location of their voting center: Please refer them to www.iwillvote.com

Alaska also has “Special Needs Voting” that also allows someone to pick up and deliver a ballot and can provide additional assistance as necessary Ballots can be picked up up to 15 days before and on Election Day and be returned to a voting location as late as 8p on Election Day.

Voting with a Mail Ballot

Mail Ballot Return Methods

  • Vote By Mail Ballot Drop Boxes: Locations can be found online at www.elections.alaska.gov/Core/votingbymail (Scroll down on the page for box locations.)
  • USPS:​ Mail ballots can be returned by mailing back via USPS. Voters must include the correct amount of postage when mailing back their ballot.
  • Voters can track their ballot at at myvoterinformation.alaska.gov

Acceptable Forms of Identification for In-Person Voting

  • Voter will need a Voter ID card, driver’s license, state ID, military ID, passport, hunting or fishing license or other current or valid photo ID.
  • If a voter does not have the one of the identifications listed above, a current utility bill or paycheck, government check or bank statement or other government issued document may be presented.

In-Person Early Voting

Absentee In-Person Voting” – different from vote by mail

  • All counties have Absentee In-Person Voting Locations
    • When voting absentee in-person, eligibility to vote in the election is verified after voting. Ballots will be returned to the voter’s regional elections office and their eligibility to vote in the election is verified by a bi-partisan review board. Voter information provided on the outside of the envelope will be used to update your registration information (if applicable) or register you to vote.

In-Person Election Day Voting

Questioned Voting (similar to Provisional ballot)

  • If a voter’s name is not on the precinct register, their residence address has changed, they do not have identification, etc – they can vote using a “questioned ballot”
  • The questioned ballot will go to a review board who will determine if the ballot can be counted.
  • The information on the outside of the envelope is used to register the voter or to update their registration information (when applicable).
  • A letter will be sent to them if their ballot was rejected or partially counted to tell them the reason.
  • Note this is different from “in-person absentee voting” which allows a person to vote at a election office other than the voter’s home office.
Joe Biden talking points
Joe Biden

Joe Biden says we’re facing a serious threat that we have to fight together.

We need a president who will tell us the truth, who will take responsibility, and listen to medical experts. A president who will lead and be an example for the nation.

We have to do all we can to keep our families safe.

Joe says this crisis is a reminder that our country wasn’t built by Wall Street and CEOs, it was built by hardworking families, nurses, teachers and small businesses.

It’s time we raise wages to pay all working people a fair return on their work, create a fairer tax system, and ensure everyone and every child can access affordable, quality health care.

Español

Joe Biden dice que nos enfrentamos a una seria amenaza contra la que tenemos que luchar juntos.

Necesitamos un presidente que nos diga la verdad, que asuma la responsabilidad y escuche a los expertos médicos. Un presidente que liderará y será un ejemplo para la nación.

Tenemos que hacer todo lo posible para mantener a nuestras familias seguras.

Joe dice que esta crisis es un recordatorio de que nuestro país no fue construido por Wall Street y los directores ejecutivos (CEOs), fue construido por familias trabajadoras, enfermeras, maestros y pequeñas empresas.

Es hora de que aumentemos los salarios para pagar a todos los trabajadores un rendimiento justo por su trabajo, crear un sistema fiscal más justo y garanticemos que todos y cada niño puedan acceder a una atención médica accesible y de calidad.

Health Care

“Joe knows that health care is personal, and he believes that every American –regardless of zip code – should have access to affordable and quality health care. Joe wants families to have the peace of mind they deserve, and he’s going to build on the Affordable Care Act by giving Americans more choice, reducing health care costs, and making our health care system less complex to navigate.”

Build Back Better (Economy and Jobs)

“Joe has a plan to create millions of good-paying jobs and to give America’s working families the tools, choices, and freedom they need to build back better. Trump passed a big tax cut for the corporate special interests, and Joe’s going to turn our economy around and fight for middle class workers. That means helping small businesses come out the other side of this crisis stronger than ever, and holding corporate America accountable.”

Safe Reopening (Controlling the Pandemic)

“The challenge facing our schools is unprecedented, and Joe Biden believes that the decision about when to reopen safely should be made by state, tribal, and local officials, based on science and with the safety of students and educators in mind. We want to reopen schools safely, but only once cases keep coming down. Schools need clear, consistent, effective national guidelines, not mixed messages and political ultimatums.”

COVID-19 (General Questions)

“Joe’s been honest with the American people about what is necessary to beat this challenge, and knows that we are up to this task and that we will meet this challenge together as one America. Joe knows how to mount an effective crisis response and elevate the voices of scientists, public health experts, and first responders because he has done it before.”

Education

K-12 Education: “As president, Joe will support our educators by giving them the pay and dignity they deserve. He is committed to investing in all children from birth, so that regardless of their zip code, parents’ income, race, or disability, they are prepared to succeed in tomorrow’s economy.”

Higher education: “Joe believes that all hard-working Americans should have the chance to join or maintain their place in the middle class. He’s proposing a bold plan for education and training beyond high school, he’ll invest in community colleges and strengthen college as the reliable pathway.”

Climate Change

Environmental Justice: “Joe’s going to protect our environment and resources for all of us — that means protecting access to clean water, holding polluters accountable, and making sure our low-income communities benefit from the clean energy economy. He’ll fight pollution, which harms our natural world and overwhelmingly hurts people of color.”

Clean Energy: “Our nation is in a moment of crisis and we need to rebuild this country with clean energy jobs that get our workers back on the job. Joe knows we’ve got to build a more resilient, sustainable economy that preserves our natural resources for future generations.”

Police

“Joe’s got the experience we can trust to keep us safer. As a Senator, he wrote the Violence Against Women Act, and the Obama-Biden Administration increased funding to stop drug trafficking along the border. He wants to invest $300 million more into community policing to help bring us together and keep us safer.”

Immigration

“As President, Joe will make smart investments in border security, while Donald Trump has failed for four years with his empty promises on a wall that won’t keep us safe. Biden will stop the inhumane practice of separating families, improve the speed at which we hear asylum cases, reform our visa system, secure our borders and help DREAMers.”

Trump’s Wall

“Joe’s going to focus on investments in smart border security, and ensure we don’t keep wasting taxpayer money on a wall that doesn’t work.”

Veterans

Our Veterans: “Joe believes we have only one truly sacred obligation: to properly prepare and equip our troops when we send them into harm’s way, and to care for them and their families–both while they are deployed and after they return home. As the parents of a son who deployed to Iraq, Joe and Jill Biden understand the gravity of this promise.”

Military Families: “As parents of a service member who deployed to Iraq, Joe and Jill Biden understand that it’s not just military members who sign up to serve our nation, their families do too. They will ensure we keep our commitment to military families by relaunching and strengthening Joining Forces and improving support for caregivers of wounded, ill, or injured service members and veterans.”

Taxes

“Trump’s had four years to help workers out — but instead, he passed big tax cuts for the corporate special interests. Joe will reverse Trump’s tax cuts for wealthy corporations and pursue a pro-American worker tax strategy to give our working families the fair shot they need to compete for jobs and market share.”

National Security

“Joe Biden believes that economic security is national security. As President, Joe will pursue a foreign policy for the middle class. To win the competition for the future against China, we must sharpen our innovative edge and unite the economic might of democracies around the world to stop abusive economic practices.”

Foreign Policy

“In a Biden administration, America will lead by example again, and rally the world to meet our common challenges that no one nation can face on its own — from climate change to combatting terrorism. He’ll strengthen America’s alliances and re-establish us as a leader on the world stage.”

Gun Violence

“Joe Biden knows that gun violence is a public health epidemic. That’s why he will pursue constitutional, common-sense gun safety policies that end our gun violence problem while respecting the Second Amendment.”

Unity Message

“Joe’s been clear from the first day of this campaign — he’s running to restore the soul of our nation, and unite us as a country once again. No matter where you come from, who you love, or who you pray to, in Joe Biden’s America, you’ll have an equal chance at success.”

More Information

About U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Al Gross

Born and raised in Southeast Alaska, Dr. Al Gross is 100% Alaskan. His mother, Shari, was the first Executive Director of the United Fishermen of Alaska and founded the Alaska League of Women Voters. His father, Avrum, was the Attorney General of Alaska and worked alongside Governor Jay Hammond to create Alaska’s Permanent Fund and the Dividend. Dr. Al witnessed firsthand what makes Alaska special: our people and our land.

The above and more can be found on Dr. Al’s website

More information

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