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2020 Alaska elections

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2020 Alaska elections

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Alaska state elections in 2020 were held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Aside from its party-run Democratic presidential primary held on April 10 (not including the Republican Party presidential primary which was cancelled by the state party[1]), its primary elections were held on August 18, 2020.[2]

In addition to the U.S. presidential race, Alaska voters elected the Class II U.S. Senator from Alaska, its at-large seat to the House of Representatives, 1 of 5 seats on the Alaska Supreme Court, 1 of 3 seats on the Alaska Court of Appeals, all of the seats of the Alaska House of Representatives, and 11 of 20 seats in the Alaska State Senate. There were also two ballot measures which were voted on.[2]

To vote by mail, registered Alaska voters had to request a ballot by October 24, 2020.[3]

Federal offices

President of the United States

Alaska has 3 electoral votes in the Electoral College. Donald Trump won Alaska with 53% of the popular vote.

United States Class II Senate Seat

Republican Dan Sullivan won reelection with 54% of the vote.

United States House of Representatives

Republican Don Young was reelected in the at-large district with 54% of the vote.

State offices

State Judiciary

Incumbent Susan M. Carney was reelected for a 10-year term in the state Supreme Court. She was appointed by Governor Bill Walker.[4]

Incumbent Tracey Wollenberg was also reelected for her seat in the state Court of Appeals. She was appointed by Bill Walker.[5]

State Legislature

All 40 seats of the Alaska House of Representatives and 11 of 20 seats of the Alaska State Senate were up for election. The outcome of this election could affect partisan balance during post-census congressional redistricting.[6]

State Senate

Before the election the composition of the Alaska State Senate was:

Party # of seats
Majority Caucus 14
Republican 13
Democratic 1
Minority Caucus 6
Democratic 6
Total 20[a]

The composition of the Alaska State Senate remained the same after the election. Two Republicans lost reelection.

House of Representatives

Before the election the composition of the Alaska State House was:

Party # of seats
Majority Caucus 23
Democratic 15
Republican 5
Independent 2
Minority Caucus 16
Republican 16
Non-caucusing (Republican) 1
Total 40[b]

After the election the composition of the Alaska State House was:

Party # of seats
Majority Caucus 22
Democratic 15
Republican 4
Independent 2
Minority Caucus 18
Republican 18
Non-caucusing (Republican) 1
Total 40[c]

Ballot Measures

Alaska Ballot Measure 1, North Slope Oil Production Tax Increase Initiative would increase taxation on production of oil in the North Slope in fields which have already produced at least 400 million barrels of oil and produced at least 40,000 barrels in the last year.[7]

Ballot Measure 1
Choice Votes %
Referendum failed
199,667 57.86
Yes 145,392 42.14
Total votes 345,059 100.00
Registered voters and turnout 594,966 58.00

2020 Alaska Measure 2, Top-Four Ranked-Choice Voting and Campaign Finance Laws Initiative would mandate the following changes to the state's election policies: increasing disclosure requirements for "dark money" political contributions of greater than $2000 which themselves are derived from donations to the donors, replacing all partisan primaries with one open primary ballot (and allowing the top four vote-getters to proceed to the general election) and implementing ranked-choice voting in all general elections.[8]

Ballot Measure 2
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed
174,032 50.55
No 170,251 49.45
Total votes 344,283 100.00
Registered voters and turnout 594,966 57.87


Ballot Measure 1
Poll source Date(s)
of error
For Ballot Measure 1 Against Ballot Measure 1 Undecided
Alaska Survey Research September 26 – October 4, 2020 696 (LV) 36% 40% 24%
Ballot Measure 2
Poll source Date(s)
of error
For Ballot Measure 2 Against Ballot Measure 2 Undecided
Alaska Survey Research September 26 – October 4, 2020 696 (LV) 51% 30% 19%
Mercury Analytics/Claster Consulting
/Alaskans for Better Elections
September 22–27, 2020 803 (LV) ± 3.5% 59% 17% 24%

See also


  1. ^ Including 1 vacancy
  2. ^ Including 1 vacancy
  3. ^ Including 1 vacancy
  4. ^ a b Key:
    A – all adults
    RV – registered voters
    LV – likely voters
    V – unclear
Partisan clients
  1. ^ This poll's sponsor, Alaskans for Better Elections, endorsed the measure prior to the poll's sampling period


  1. ^ Cole, Devan. "Alaska GOP cancels its 2020 presidential primary in show of support for Trump". CNN. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Alaska elections, 2020". Ballotpedia. Retrieved October 2, 2020.
  3. ^ Lily Hay Newman (August 27, 2020), "How to Vote by Mail and Make Sure It Counts",, archived from the original on October 6, 2020 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Susan M. Carney". Alaska Judicial Council. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  5. ^ "Tracey Wollenberg". Alaska Judicial Council. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  6. ^ Wendy Underhill; Ben Williams (December 4, 2019), "Election Dates for Legislators and Governors Who Will Do Redistricting",, Washington, D.C.: National Conference of State Legislatures
  7. ^ "Alaska North Slope Oil Production Tax Increase Initiative". Vote Smart. Retrieved October 5, 2020.
  8. ^ Resneck, Jacob (September 22, 2020). "Measure 2 seeks to open primaries to all, restrict 'dark money' in Alaska elections". KTOO. Retrieved October 2, 2020.
  9. ^ "Covered Areas for Voting Rights Bilingual Election Materials—2015", Voting Rights Act Amendments of 2006, Determinations Under Section 203, Federal Register, retrieved October 13, 2020, A Notice by the Census Bureau on 12/05/2016

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