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HB 200: "An Act establishing a top two nonpartisan open primary election system for elective state executive and state and national legislative offices; repealing the special runoff election for the office of United States senator or United States representative; changing appointment procedures relating to precinct watchers and members of precinct election boards, election district absentee and questioned ballot counting boards, and the Alaska Public Offices Commission; requiring certain written notices to appear in election pamphlets and polling places; relating to declarations of candidacy and letters of intent; and amending the definition of 'political party.'"

00                             HOUSE BILL NO. 200                                                                          
01 "An Act establishing a top two nonpartisan open primary election system for elective                                    
02 state executive and state and national legislative offices; repealing the special runoff                                
03 election for the office of United States senator or United States representative; changing                              
04 appointment procedures relating to precinct watchers and members of precinct election                                   
05 boards, election district absentee and questioned ballot counting boards, and the Alaska                                
06 Public Offices Commission; requiring certain written notices to appear in election                                      
07 pamphlets and polling places; relating to declarations of candidacy and letters of intent;                              
08 and amending the definition of 'political party.'"                                                                      
09 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
10    * Section 1. AS 15.10.120(c) is amended to read:                                                                   
11            (c)  An election supervisor shall appoint one nominee of the political party or                          
12       political group with the largest number of registered voters at the time of the                               
01 preceding gubernatorial election [OF WHICH THE GOVERNOR IS A MEMBER]                                                
02 and one nominee of the political party  or political group with [THAT RECEIVED]                                     
03 the second largest number of registered voters at the time of [VOTES STATEWIDE                                      
04 IN] the preceding gubernatorial election. However, the election supervisor may                                      
05 appoint a qualified person registered as a member of a third political party or                                     
06 political group or as a nonpartisan or undeclared voter if [IF] a party district                                    
07 committee or state party central committee of the party or group with the largest                                   
08 number of registered voters [OF WHICH THE GOVERNOR IS A MEMBER] or                                                  
09 the party or group with [THAT RECEIVED] the second largest number of registered                                 
10 voters at the time of [VOTES STATEWIDE IN] the preceding gubernatorial election                                     
11 fails to present the names prescribed by (b) of this section by April 15 of a regular                                   
12 election year or at least 60 days before a special primary election [, THE ELECTION                                 
13 SUPERVISOR MAY APPOINT ANY QUALIFIED INDIVIDUAL REGISTERED                                                              
14       TO VOTE].                                                                                                         
15    * Sec. 2. AS 15.10.170 is amended to read:                                                                         
16 Sec. 15.10.170.  Appointment and privileges of watchers.  (a)  The precinct                                           
17 party committee, where an organized precinct committee exists, or the party district                                    
18 committee where no organized precinct committee exists, or the state party                                              
19 chairperson where neither a precinct nor a party district committee exists, may appoint                                 
20 one or more persons as watchers in each precinct and counting center for any election.                                  
21 Each candidate [NOT REPRESENTING A POLITICAL PARTY] may appoint one or                                                  
22 more watchers for each precinct or counting center in the candidate's respective                                        
23 district or the state for any election. Any organization or organized group that sponsors                               
24 or opposes an initiative, referendum, or recall may have one or more persons as                                         
25 watchers at the polls and counting centers after first obtaining authorization from the                                 
26 director. A state party chairperson, a precinct party committee, a party district                                       
27 committee, or a candidate [NOT REPRESENTING A POLITICAL PARTY OR                                                        
28 ORGANIZATION OR ORGANIZED GROUP] may not have more than one watcher                                                     
29 on duty at a time in any precinct or counting center. A watcher must be a United States                                 
30 citizen. The watcher may be present at a position inside the place of voting or counting                                
31 that affords a full view of all action of the election officials taken from the time the                                
01 polls are opened until the ballots are finally counted and the results certified by the                                 
02 election board or the data processing review board. The election board or the data                                      
03 processing review board may require each watcher to present written proof showing                                       
04 appointment by the precinct party committee, the party district committee, the                                          
05 organization or organized group, or the candidate the watcher represents [THAT IS                                       
06 SIGNED BY THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE PRECINCT PARTY COMMITTEE,                                                              
07 THE PARTY DISTRICT COMMITTEE, THE STATE PARTY CHAIRPERSON,                                                              
08 THE ORGANIZATION OR ORGANIZED GROUP, OR THE CANDIDATE                                                                   
09       REPRESENTING NO PARTY].                                                                                           
10 (b)  In addition to the watchers appointed under (a) of this section, in a primary                                      
11 election or [,] special primary election or special election under AS 15.40.140, [OR                        
12 SPECIAL RUNOFF ELECTION UNDER AS 15.40.141,] each candidate may                                                         
13       appoint one watcher in each precinct and counting center.                                                         
14    * Sec. 3. AS 15.13.020(b) is amended to read:                                                                      
15 (b)  The governor shall appoint two members of each of the two political                                                
16 parties or political groups with the largest number of registered voters at the time                                
17 of [WHOSE CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR RECEIVED THE HIGHEST                                                               
18 NUMBER OF VOTES IN] the most recent preceding general election at which a                                               
19 governor was elected.  The two appointees from each of these two parties or groups                                  
20 shall be chosen from a list of four names to be submitted by the central committee of                                   
21       each party or group.                                                                                          
22    * Sec. 4. AS 15.13.020(d) is amended to read:                                                                      
23 (d)  Members of the commission serve staggered terms of five years, or until a                                          
24 successor is appointed and qualifies. The terms of no two members who are members                                       
25 of the same political party or political group may expire in consecutive years. A                                   
26 member may not serve more than one term. However, a person appointed to fill the                                        
27       unexpired term of a predecessor may be appointed to a successive full five-year term.                             
28    * Sec. 5. AS 15.13.074(c) is amended to read:                                                                      
29            (c)  A person or group may not make a contribution                                                           
30 (1)  to a candidate or an individual who files with the commission the                                                  
31 document necessary to permit that individual to incur certain election-related expenses                                 
01       as authorized by AS 15.13.100 when the office is to be filled at a general election                               
02       before the date that is 18 months before the general election;                                                    
03 (2)  to a candidate or an individual who files with the commission the                                                  
04 document necessary to permit that individual to incur certain election-related expenses                                 
05 as authorized by AS 15.13.100 for an office that is to be filled at a special election or                               
06 municipal election before the date that is 18 months before the date of the regular                                     
07 municipal election or that is before the date of the proclamation of the special election                               
08       at which the candidate or individual seeks election to public office; or                                          
09                 (3)  to any candidate later than the 45th day                                                           
10 (A)  after the date of the primary or special primary election if                                                   
11 the candidate was [ON THE BALLOT AND WAS] not chosen to appear on                                                   
12 the general or special election ballot [NOMINATED] at the primary or                                            
13            special primary election; or                                                                             
14 (B)  after the date of the general or special election, or after the                                                
15            date of a municipal or municipal runoff election.                                                            
16    * Sec. 6. AS 15.13.110(f) is amended to read:                                                                      
17 (f)  During the year in which the election is scheduled, each of the following                                          
18 shall file the campaign disclosure reports in the manner and at the times required by                                   
19       this section:                                                                                                     
20 (1)  a person who, under the regulations adopted by the commission to                                                   
21 implement AS 15.13.100, indicates an intention to become a candidate for elective                                       
22       state executive or legislative office;                                                                            
23 (2)  [A PERSON WHO HAS FILED A NOMINATING PETITION                                                                      
24 UNDER AS 15.25.140 - 15.25.200 TO BECOME A CANDIDATE AT THE                                                             
25 GENERAL ELECTION FOR ELECTIVE STATE EXECUTIVE OR LEGISLATIVE                                                            
26       OFFICE;                                                                                                           
27 (3)]  a person who campaigns as a write-in candidate for elective state                                                 
28       executive or legislative office at the general election; and                                                      
29 (3) [(4)]  a group or nongroup entity that receives contributions or                                                
30 makes expenditures on behalf of or in opposition to a person described in (1) or (2)                                
31 [(1) - (3)] of this subsection, except as provided for certain independent expenditures                                 
01       by nongroup entities in AS 15.13.135(a).                                                                          
02    * Sec. 7. AS 15.13.400(4) is amended to read:                                                                      
03                 (4)  "contribution"                                                                                     
04 (A)  means a purchase, payment, promise or obligation to pay,                                                           
05 loan or loan guarantee, deposit or gift of money, goods, or services for which                                          
06 charge is ordinarily made, and includes the payment by a person other than a                                            
07 candidate or political party, or compensation for the personal services of                                              
08 another person, that is rendered to the candidate or political party, and that is                                       
09            made for the purpose of                                                                                      
10 (i)  influencing the nomination or election of a                                                                        
11                 candidate;                                                                                              
12                           (ii)  influencing a ballot proposition or question; or                                        
13 (iii)  supporting or opposing an initiative proposal                                                                    
14                 application filed with the lieutenant governor under AS 15.45.020;                                      
15                      (B)  does not include                                                                              
16 (i)  services provided without compensation by                                                                          
17 individuals volunteering a portion or all of their time on behalf of a                                                  
18                 political party, candidate, or ballot proposition or question;                                          
19                           (ii)  ordinary hospitality in a home;                                                         
20 (iii)  two or fewer mass mailings before each election by                                                               
21 each political party describing members of the party running as                                                     
22 candidates for public office in that election [THE PARTY'S SLATE                                                    
23 OF CANDIDATES FOR ELECTION], which may include                                                                          
24 photographs, biographies, and information about the [PARTY'S]                                                           
25                 candidates;                                                                                             
26 (iv)  the results of a poll limited to issues and not                                                                   
27 mentioning any candidate, unless the poll was requested by or designed                                                  
28                 primarily to benefit the candidate;                                                                     
29 (v)  any communication in the form of a newsletter from                                                                 
30 a legislator to the legislator's constituents, except a communication                                                   
31 expressly advocating the election or defeat of a candidate or a                                                         
01                 newsletter or material in a newsletter that is clearly only for the private                             
02                 benefit of a legislator or a legislative employee;                                                      
03                           (vi)  a fundraising list provided without compensation                                        
04                 by one candidate or political party to a candidate or political party; or                               
05            (vii)  an opportunity to participate in a candidate forum provided to a candidate                            
06       without compensation to the candidate by another person and for which a candidate is                              
07       not ordinarily charged;                                                                                           
08    * Sec. 8. AS 15.15 is amended by adding a new section to read:                                                     
09            Sec. 15.15.005. Top two nonpartisan open primary. A voter qualified under                                  
10 AS 15.05 may cast a vote for any candidate for each elective state executive and state                                  
11 and national legislative office, without limitations based on the political party or                                    
12       political group affiliation of either the voter or the candidate.                                                 
13    * Sec. 9. AS 15.15.030(5) is amended to read:                                                                      
14 (5)  The names of the candidates [AND THEIR PARTY                                                                       
15 DESIGNATIONS] shall be placed in separate sections on the state general election                                        
16 ballot under the office designation to which they were nominated. If a candidate is                                 
17 registered as affiliated with a political party or political group the party affiliation,                           
18 if any, shall be designated after the name of the candidate. If a candidate has                                     
19 requested to be designated as nonpartisan or undeclared, that designation shall                                     
20 be placed after the name of the candidate. If a candidate is not registered as                                      
21 affiliated with a party or group and has not requested to be designated as                                          
22 nonpartisan or undeclared, the candidate shall be designated as undeclared. The                                     
23 lieutenant governor and the governor shall be included under the same section.                                          
24 Provision shall be made for voting for write-in [AND NO-PARTY] candidates within                                        
25 each section. Paper ballots for the state general election shall be printed on white                                    
26       paper.                                                                                                            
27    * Sec. 10. AS 15.15.030 is amended by adding new paragraphs to read:                                               
28                 (14)  The director shall include the following statement on the ballot:                                 
29 A candidate's designated affiliation does not imply that the                                                            
30 candidate is nominated or endorsed by the political party or group or                                                   
31 that the party or group approves of or associates with that candidate,                                                  
01            but only that the candidate is registered as affiliated with the party or                                    
02            group.                                                                                                       
03                 (15)  Instead of the statement provided by (14) of this section, when                                   
04       candidates for President and Vice-President of the United States appear on a general                              
05 election ballot, the director shall include the following statement on the ballot:                                      
06 A candidate's designated affiliation does not imply that the                                                            
07 candidate is nominated or endorsed by the political party or group or                                                   
08 that the party or group approves of or associates with that candidate,                                                  
09 but only that the candidate is registered as affiliated with the party or                                               
10            group. The election for President and Vice-President of the United                                           
11            States is different. Candidates for President and Vice-President are the                                     
12            official nominees of their political party.                                                                  
13    * Sec. 11. AS 15.15.060 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                         
14 (e)  In each polling place, the director shall require to be posted, in a location                                      
15       conspicuous to a person who will be voting, the following notice, written in bold:                                
16 A candidate's designated affiliation does not imply that the                                                            
17 candidate is nominated or endorsed by the political party or group or                                                   
18 that the party or group approves of or associates with that candidate,                                                  
19 but only that the candidate is registered as affiliated with the party or                                               
20            group.                                                                                                       
21    * Sec. 12. AS 15.20.081(a) is amended to read:                                                                     
22 (a)  A qualified voter may apply in person, by mail, or by facsimile, scanning,                                         
23 or other electronic transmission to the director for an absentee ballot under this                                      
24 section. Another individual may apply for an absentee ballot on behalf of a qualified                                   
25 voter if that individual is designated to act on behalf of the voter in a written general                               
26 power of attorney or a written special power of attorney that authorizes the other                                      
27 individual to apply for an absentee ballot on behalf of the voter. The application must                                 
28 include the address or, if the application requests delivery of an absentee ballot by                                   
29 electronic transmission, the telephone electronic transmission number, to which the                                     
30 absentee ballot is to be returned, the applicant's full Alaska residence address, and the                               
31 applicant's signature. However, a person residing outside the United States and                                         
01 applying to vote absentee in federal elections in accordance with AS 15.05.011 need                                     
02 not include an Alaska residence address in the application. [A PERSON MAY                                               
03 SUPPLY TO A VOTER AN ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATION FORM WITH                                                              
04 A POLITICAL PARTY OR GROUP AFFILIATION INDICATED ONLY IF THE                                                            
05 VOTER IS ALREADY REGISTERED AS AFFILIATED WITH THE POLITICAL                                                            
06 PARTY OR GROUP INDICATED. ONLY THE VOTER OR THE INDIVIDUAL                                                              
07 DESIGNATED BY THE VOTER IN A WRITTEN POWER OF ATTORNEY                                                                  
08 UNDER THIS SUBSECTION MAY MARK THE VOTER'S CHOICE OF                                                                    
09 PRIMARY BALLOT ON AN APPLICATION. A PERSON SUPPLYING AN                                                                 
10 ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATION FORM MAY NOT DESIGN OR MARK                                                                 
11 THE APPLICATION IN A MANNER THAT SUGGESTS CHOICE OF ONE                                                                 
12 BALLOT OVER ANOTHER, EXCEPT THAT BALLOT CHOICES MAY BE                                                                  
13 LISTED ON AN APPLICATION AS AUTHORIZED BY THE DIVISION.] The                                                            
14 application must be made on a form prescribed or approved by the director. The voter                                    
15 or registration official shall submit the application directly to the division of elections.                            
16 For purposes of this subsection, "directly to the division of elections" means that an                                  
17 application may not be submitted to any intermediary that could control or delay the                                    
18 submission of the application to the division or gather data on the applicant from the                                  
19 application form. However, nothing in this subsection is intended to prohibit a voter                                   
20 from giving a completed absentee ballot application to a friend, relative, or associate                                 
21 for transfer to the United States Postal Service or a private commercial delivery                                       
22       service for delivery to the division.                                                                             
23    * Sec. 13. AS 15.20.081(h) is amended to read:                                                                     
24 (h)  Except as provided in AS 15.20.480, an absentee ballot returned by mail                                            
25 from outside the United States or from an overseas voter qualifying under                                               
26 AS 15.05.011 that has been marked and mailed not later than election day may not be                                     
27 counted unless the ballot is received by the election supervisor not later than the close                               
28       of business on the                                                                                                
29 (1)  10th day following a primary election or special primary election                                              
30       under AS 15.40.140; or                                                                                            
31 (2)  15th day following a general election [, SPECIAL RUNOFF                                                            
01 ELECTION,] or special election, other than a special primary election described in                                  
02       (1) of this subsection.                                                                                           
03    * Sec. 14. AS 15.20.190(a) is amended to read:                                                                     
04 (a)  Thirty days before the date of an election, the election supervisors shall                                         
05 appoint, in the same manner provided for the appointment of election officials                                          
06 prescribed in AS 15.10, district absentee ballot counting boards and district questioned                                
07 ballot counting boards, each composed of at least four members. At least one member                                     
08 of each board must be a member of the same political party or political group with                                  
09 the largest number of registered voters at the time of the preceding gubernatorial                                  
10 election [OF WHICH THE GOVERNOR IS A MEMBER], and at least one member                                               
11 of each board must be a member of the political party or political group with the                                   
12 second largest number of registered voters at the time of [WHOSE CANDIDATE                                          
13 FOR GOVERNOR RECEIVED THE SECOND LARGEST NUMBER OF VOTES                                                                
14 IN] the preceding gubernatorial election. The district boards shall assist the election                                 
15 supervisors in counting the absentee and questioned ballots and shall receive the same                                  
16       compensation paid election officials under AS 15.15.380.                                                          
17    * Sec. 15. AS 15.20.203(i) is amended to read:                                                                     
18 (i)  The director shall mail the materials described in (h) of this section to the                                      
19       voter not later than                                                                                              
20 (1)  10 days after completion of the review of ballots by the state                                                     
21 review board for a primary election [,] or [FOR] a special primary election under                                   
22       AS 15.40.140 [THAT IS FOLLOWED BY A SPECIAL RUNOFF ELECTION];                                                     
23 (2)  60 days after certification of the results of a general election [,                                                
24 SPECIAL RUNOFF ELECTION,] or special election other than a special primary                                          
25       election described in (1) of this subsection.                                                                     
26    * Sec. 16. AS 15.20.203(j) is amended to read:                                                                     
27 (j)  The director shall make available through a free access system to each                                             
28 absentee voter a system to check to see whether the voter's ballot was counted and, if                                  
29 not counted, the reason why the ballot was not counted. The director shall make this                                    
30       information available through the free access system not less than                                                
31 (1)  10 days after certification of the results of a primary election [,] or                                            
01       a special primary election under AS 15.40.140 [THAT IS FOLLOWED BY A                                          
02       SPECIAL RUNOFF ELECTION]; and                                                                                     
03                 (2)  30 days after certification of the results of a general or special                                 
04       election, other than a special primary election described in (1) of this subsection.                          
05    * Sec. 17. AS 15.20.207(i) is amended to read:                                                                     
06            (i)  The director shall mail the materials described in (h) of this section to the                           
07       voter not later than                                                                                              
08                 (1)  10 days after completion of the review of ballots by the state                                     
09       review board for a primary election [,] or [FOR] a special primary election under                             
10       AS 15.40.140 [THAT IS FOLLOWED BY A SPECIAL RUNOFF ELECTION];                                                     
11 (2)  60 days after certification of the results of a general or special                                                 
12       election, other than a special primary election described in (1) of this subsection.                          
13    * Sec. 18. AS 15.20.207(k) is amended to read:                                                                     
14 (k)  The director shall make available through a free access system to each                                             
15 voter voting a questioned ballot a system to check to see whether the voter's ballot was                                
16 counted and, if not counted, the reason why the ballot was not counted. The director                                    
17       shall make this information available through the free access system not less than                                
18 (1)  10 days after certification of the results of a primary election [,] or                                            
19 a special primary election under AS 15.40.140 [THAT IS FOLLOWED BY A                                                
20       SPECIAL RUNOFF ELECTION]; and                                                                                     
21 (2)  30 days after [THE] certification of the results of a general or                                                   
22 special election, other than a special primary election described in (1) of this                                    
23       subsection.                                                                                                       
24    * Sec. 19. AS 15.20.211(d) is amended to read:                                                                     
25 (d)  The director shall mail the materials described in (c) of this section to the                                      
26       voter not later than                                                                                              
27 (1)  10 days after completion of the review of ballots by the state                                                     
28 review board for a primary election [,] or [FOR] a special primary election under                                   
29       AS 15.40.140 [THAT IS FOLLOWED BY A SPECIAL RUNOFF ELECTION];                                                     
30 (2)  60 days after certification of the results of a general or special                                                 
31       election, other than a special primary election described in (1) of this subsection.                          
01    * Sec. 20. AS 15.20.211(f) is amended to read:                                                                     
02 (f)  The director shall make available through a free access system to each                                             
03 voter whose ballot was subject to partial counting under this section a system to check                                 
04 to see whether the voter's ballot was partially counted and, if not counted, the reason                                 
05 why the ballot was not counted. The director shall make this information available                                      
06       through the free access system not less than                                                                      
07                 (1)  10 days after certification of the results of a primary election [,] or                            
08       a special primary election under AS 15.40.140 [THAT IS FOLLOWED BY A                                          
09       SPECIAL RUNOFF ELECTION]; and                                                                                     
10 (2)  30 days after [THE] certification of the results of a general or                                                   
11 special election, other than a special primary election described in (1) of this                                    
12       subsection.                                                                                                       
13    * Sec. 21. AS 15.25.010 is amended to read:                                                                        
14 Sec. 15.25.010. Provision for primary election. Candidates for the elective                                           
15 state executive and state and national legislative offices shall be nominated in a                                      
16 primary election by direct vote of the people in the manner prescribed by this chapter.                                 
17 The primary election does not serve to determine the nominee of a political party                                   
18 or political group but serves only to narrow the number of candidates whose                                         
19 names will appear on the ballot at the general election to the two candidates who                                   
20 receive the greatest number of votes and the second greatest number of votes for                                    
21 any office [THE DIRECTOR SHALL PREPARE AND PROVIDE A PRIMARY                                                        
22 ELECTION BALLOT FOR EACH POLITICAL PARTY. A VOTER REGISTERED                                                            
23 AS AFFILIATED WITH A POLITICAL PARTY MAY VOTE THAT PARTY'S                                                              
24 BALLOT. A VOTER REGISTERED AS NONPARTISAN OR UNDECLARED                                                                 
25 RATHER THAN AS AFFILIATED WITH A PARTICULAR POLITICAL PARTY                                                             
26 MAY VOTE THE POLITICAL PARTY BALLOT OF THE VOTER'S CHOICE                                                               
27 UNLESS PROHIBITED FROM DOING SO UNDER AS 15.25.014. A VOTER                                                             
28 REGISTERED AS AFFILIATED WITH A POLITICAL PARTY MAY NOT VOTE                                                            
29 THE BALLOT OF A DIFFERENT POLITICAL PARTY UNLESS PERMITTED TO                                                           
30       DO SO UNDER AS 15.25.014].                                                                                        
31    * Sec. 22. AS 15.25.030(a) is amended to read:                                                                     
01 (a)  A person [MEMBER OF A POLITICAL PARTY] who seeks to become a                                                   
02 candidate [OF THE PARTY] in the primary election or a special primary election                                      
03 shall execute and file a declaration of candidacy. The declaration shall be executed                                    
04 under oath before an officer authorized to take acknowledgments and must state in                                       
05       substance                                                                                                         
06                 (1)  the full name of the candidate;                                                                    
07                 (2)  the full mailing address of the candidate;                                                         
08                 (3)  if the candidacy is for the office of state senator or state                                       
09       representative, the house or senate district of which the candidate is a resident;                                
10                 (4)  the office for which the candidate seeks nomination;                                               
11 (5)  the [NAME OF THE] political party or political group with                                                      
12 whom the candidate is registered as affiliated, or whether the candidate would                                      
13 prefer a nonpartisan or undeclared designation placed after the candidate's name                                    
14 on the ballot [OF WHICH THE PERSON IS A CANDIDATE FOR                                                               
15       NOMINATION];                                                                                                      
16 (6)  the full residence address of the candidate, and the date on which                                                 
17       residency at that address began;                                                                                  
18 (7)  the date of the primary election or special primary election at                                                
19       which the candidate seeks nomination;                                                                             
20 (8)  the length of residency in the state and in the district of the                                                    
21       candidate;                                                                                                        
22 (9)  that the candidate will meet the specific citizenship requirements of                                              
23       the office for which the person is a candidate;                                                                   
24                 (10)  that the candidate is a qualified voter as required by law;                                       
25 (11)  that the candidate will meet the specific age requirements of the                                                 
26 office for which the person is a candidate; if the candidacy is for the office of state                                 
27 representative, that the candidate will be at least 21 years of age on the first scheduled                              
28 day of the first regular session of the legislature convened after the election; if the                                 
29 candidacy is for the office of state senator, that the candidate will be at least 25 years                              
30 of age on the first scheduled day of the first regular session of the legislature convened                              
31 after the election; if the candidacy is for the office of governor or lieutenant governor,                              
01 that the candidate will be at least 30 years of age on the first Monday in December                                     
02 following election or, if the office is to be filled by special election under                                          
03 AS 15.40.230 - 15.40.310, that the candidate will be at least 30 years of age on the                                    
04 date of certification of the results of the special election; or, for any other office, by                              
05       the time that the candidate, if elected, is sworn into office;                                                    
06                 (12)  that the candidate requests that the candidate's name be placed on                                
07       the primary or special primary election ballot;                                                               
08                 (13)  that the required fee accompanies the declaration;                                                
09                 (14)  that the person is not a candidate for any other office to be voted                               
10 on at the primary or general election and that the person is not a candidate for this                                   
11       office under any other declaration of candidacy or nominating petition;                                           
12 (15)  the manner in which the candidate wishes the candidate's name to                                                  
13       appear on the ballot; and                                                                                         
14 (16)  that the candidate is registered to vote as a member of the political                                             
15       party whose nomination is being sought.                                                                           
16    * Sec. 23. AS 15.25.060 is repealed and reenacted to read:                                                         
17 Sec. 15.25.060. Preparation and distribution of ballots. The primary                                                  
18 election ballots shall be prepared and distributed by the director in the manner                                        
19 prescribed for general election ballots except as specifically provided otherwise for the                               
20 primary election. The director shall prepare and provide a primary election ballot that                                 
21 contains all of the candidates for elective state executive and state and national                                      
22 legislative offices and all of the ballot titles and propositions required to appear on the                             
23 ballot at the primary election. The director shall print the ballots on white paper and                                 
24 place the names of all candidates who have properly filed in groups according to                                        
25 offices. The order of the placement of the names for each office shall be as provided                                   
26 for the general election ballot. Blank spaces may not be provided on the ballot for the                                 
27       writing or pasting in of names.                                                                                   
28    * Sec. 24. AS 15.25.100 is repealed and reenacted to read:                                                         
29 Sec. 15.25.100. Placement of candidates on general election ballot. (a) Of                                            
30 the names of candidates that appear on the primary election ballot under                                                
31 AS 15.25.010, the director shall place on the general election ballot only the names of                                 
01       the candidates receiving the greatest number of votes and the second greatest number                              
02       of votes for an office, except as provided in (b) and (c) of this section.                                        
03            (b)  If two candidates tie                                                                                   
04                 (1)  in having the greatest number of votes for an office in the primary                                
05       election, the director shall place only the names of those two candidates for that office                         
06       on the general election ballot;                                                                                   
07 (2)  in having the second greatest number of votes for an office in the                                                 
08 primary election, the director shall place on the general election ballot the name of                                   
09 only one of the candidates who tied for that office, to be determined by lot under                                      
10       AS 15.20.530.                                                                                                     
11 (c)  For the office of lieutenant governor, the director shall place on the general                                     
12       election ballot, together with the name of the candidate for governor who received                                
13 (1)  the greatest number of votes in the primary election, the name of                                                  
14 either the candidate for lieutenant governor receiving the greatest number of votes or                                  
15 the candidate for lieutenant governor receiving the second greatest number of votes,                                    
16       whichever the candidate for governor chooses to run with jointly; and                                             
17 (2)  the second greatest number of votes in the primary election, the                                                   
18 name of either the candidate for lieutenant governor receiving the greatest number of                                   
19 votes or the candidate for lieutenant governor receiving the second greatest number of                                  
20 votes, whichever was not chosen to run jointly with the candidate for governor who                                      
21       received the greatest number of votes.                                                                            
22    * Sec. 25. AS 15.25.105(a) is amended to read:                                                                     
23 (a)  If a candidate does not appear on the primary election ballot or is not                                            
24 successful in advancing to the general election and wishes to be a candidate in the                                     
25 general election, the candidate may file as a write-in candidate. Votes for a write-in                                  
26 candidate may not be counted unless that candidate has filed a letter of intent with the                                
27       director stating                                                                                                  
28                 (1)  the full name of the candidate;                                                                    
29 (2)  the full residence address of the candidate and the date on which                                                  
30       residency at that address began;                                                                                  
31                 (3)  the full mailing address of the candidate;                                                         
01 (4)  the [NAME OF THE] political party or political group with whom                                                 
02 the candidate is registered as affiliated, or whether the candidate would prefer a                                  
03 nonpartisan or undeclared designation [OF WHICH THE CANDIDATE IS A                                                  
04       MEMBER, IF ANY];                                                                                                  
05                 (5)  if the candidate is for the office of state senator or state                                       
06       representative, the house or senate district of which the candidate is a resident;                                
07                 (6)  the office that the candidate seeks;                                                               
08                 (7)  the date of the election at which the candidate seeks election;                                    
09                 (8)  the length of residency in the state and in the house district of the                              
10       candidate;                                                                                                        
11 (9)  the name of the candidate as the candidate wishes it to be written                                                 
12       on the ballot by the voter;                                                                                       
13 (10)  that the candidate meets the specific citizenship requirements of                                                 
14       the office for which the person is a candidate;                                                                   
15 (11)  that the candidate will meet the specific age requirements of the                                                 
16 office for which the person is a candidate; if the candidacy is for the office of state                                 
17 representative, that the candidate will be at least 21 years of age on the first scheduled                              
18 day of the first regular session of the legislature convened after the election; if the                                 
19 candidacy is for the office of state senator, that the candidate will be at least 25 years                              
20 of age on the first scheduled day of the first regular session of the legislature convened                              
21 after the election; if the candidacy is for the office of governor or lieutenant governor,                              
22 that the candidate will be at least 30 years of age on the first Monday in December                                     
23 following election or, if the office is to be filled by special election under                                          
24 AS 15.40.230 - 15.40.310, that the candidate will be at least 30 years of age on the                                    
25 date of certification of the results of the special election; or, for any other office, by                              
26       the time that the candidate, if elected, is sworn into office;                                                    
27                 (12)  that the candidate is a qualified voter as required by law; and                                   
28 (13)  that the candidate is not a candidate for any other office to be                                                  
29 voted on at the general election and that the candidate is not a candidate for this office                              
30       under any other nominating petition or declaration of candidacy.                                                  
31    * Sec. 26. AS 15.25.105(b) is amended to read:                                                                     
01 (b)  If a write-in candidate is running for the office of governor, the candidate                                       
02 must file a joint letter of intent together with a candidate for lieutenant governor.                                   
03 [BOTH CANDIDATES MUST BE OF THE SAME POLITICAL PARTY OR                                                                 
04       GROUP.]                                                                                                           
05    * Sec. 27. AS 15.40.140 is amended to read:                                                                        
06 Sec. 15.40.140. Condition of calling special primary election and special                                           
07 election. When a vacancy occurs in the office of United States senator or United                                      
08 States representative, the governor shall, by proclamation, call a special primary                                  
09 election to be held on a date not less than 60, nor more than 90, days after the                                    
10 date the vacancy occurs, to be followed by a special election on the first Tuesday                                  
11 that is not a state holiday occurring not less than 60 days after the special                                       
12 primary election [UNDER AS 15.40.142(a)]. However, in an election year in which                                 
13 a candidate for that office is not regularly elected, if the vacancy occurs on a date                               
14 that is not less than 60, nor more than 90, days before [OR IS ON OR AFTER] the                                 
15       date of                                                                                                           
16 (1)  the primary election, the [IN THE GENERAL ELECTION YEAR                                                    
17 DURING WHICH A CANDIDATE TO FILL THE OFFICE IS REGULARLY                                                                
18 ELECTED, THE GOVERNOR MAY NOT CALL A] special primary election shall                                            
19 be held on the date of the primary election with the subsequent special election to                                 
20       be held on the date of the general election; or                                                               
21 (2)  the general election, the special primary election shall be held                                               
22 on the date of the general election with the subsequent special election to be held                                 
23 on the first Tuesday that is not a state holiday occurring not less than 60 days                                    
24       after the special primary and general election.                                                               
25    * Sec. 28. AS 15.40.160 is amended to read:                                                                        
26 Sec. 15.40.160. Proclamation. The governor shall issue the proclamation                                               
27       calling the special primary election and special election at least 50 days before the                         
28                 [(1)]  special primary election [; AND                                                              
29 (2)  IF A SPECIAL RUNOFF ELECTION IS REQUIRED UNDER                                                                     
30       AS 15.40.141(a), SPECIAL RUNOFF ELECTION].                                                                        
31    * Sec. 29. AS 15.40.165 is amended to read:                                                                        
01 Sec. 15.40.165. Term of elected senator. At the special election, [OR, AS                                             
02 PROVIDED BY AS 15.40.141, AT THE SPECIAL RUNOFF ELECTION,] a United                                                     
03 States senator shall be elected to fill the remainder of the unexpired term. The person                                 
04 elected shall take office on the date the United States Senate meets, convenes, or                                      
05 reconvenes following the certification of the results of the special election [OR                                       
06       SPECIAL RUNOFF ELECTION] by the director.                                                                         
07    * Sec. 30. AS 15.40.170 is amended to read:                                                                        
08 Sec. 15.40.170. Term of elected representative. At the special election, [OR,                                         
09 AS PROVIDED BY AS 15.40.141, AT THE SPECIAL RUNOFF ELECTION,] a                                                         
10 United States representative shall be elected to fill the remainder of the unexpired                                    
11 term. The person elected shall take office on the date the United States house of                                       
12 representatives meets, convenes, or reconvenes following the certification of the                                       
13       results of the special election [OR SPECIAL RUNOFF ELECTION] by the director.                                     
14    * Sec. 31. AS 15.40.190 is amended to read:                                                                        
15 Sec. 15.40.190. Requirements of petition for [NO-PARTY] candidates.                                                   
16 Petitions for the nomination of candidates must be executed under oath and [NOT                                     
17 REPRESENTING A POLITICAL PARTY SHALL BE SIGNED BY QUALIFIED                                                             
18 VOTERS OF THE STATE EQUAL IN NUMBER TO AT LEAST ONE PERCENT                                                             
19 OF THE NUMBER OF VOTERS WHO CAST BALLOTS IN THE PRECEDING                                                               
20 GENERAL ELECTION AND SHALL] state in substance that which is required for a                                         
21 declaration of candidacy under AS 15.25.030 [NOMINATION PETITIONS BY                                                
22       AS 15.25.180].                                                                                                    
23    * Sec. 32. AS 15.40.220 is amended to read:                                                                        
24 Sec. 15.40.220. General provisions for conduct of the special primary                                             
25 election and special [RUNOFF] election. Unless specifically provided otherwise, all                                   
26 provisions regarding the conduct of the primary election and general election shall                                 
27 govern the conduct of the special primary election and [THE] special [RUNOFF]                                       
28 election of the United States senator or United States representative, including                                        
29 provisions concerning voter qualifications; provisions regarding the duties, powers,                                    
30 rights, and obligations of the director, of other election officials, and of municipalities;                            
31 provision for notification of the election; provision for payment of election expenses;                                 
01 provisions regarding employees being allowed time from work to vote; provisions for                                     
02 the counting, reviewing, and certification of returns; [PROVISION FOR RUNNING                                           
03 AS, VOTING FOR, AND COUNTING BALLOTS FOR A WRITE-IN                                                                     
04 CANDIDATE;] provisions for the determination of the votes and of recounts,                                              
05       contests, and appeal; and provision for absentee voting.                                                          
06    * Sec. 33. AS 15.40.230 is amended to read:                                                                        
07 Sec. 15.40.230. Condition and time of calling special primary election and                                          
08 special election. When a person appointed to succeed to the office of lieutenant                                      
09 governor succeeds to the office of acting governor, the acting governor shall, by                                       
10 proclamation, call a special primary election to be held on a date not less than 60, nor                            
11 more than 90, days after the date the vacancy in the office of the governor occurred                                    
12 and a subsequent special election to be held on the first Tuesday that is not a state                               
13 holiday occurring not less than 60 days after the special primary election.                                         
14 However, if the vacancy occurs on a date that is less than 60 days before or is on or                                   
15 after the date of the primary election in years in which a governor is regularly elected,                               
16 the acting governor shall serve the remainder of the unexpired term and may not call a                                  
17       special election.                                                                                                 
18    * Sec. 34. AS 15.40.240 is amended to read:                                                                        
19 Sec. 15.40.240. Conditions for holding special primary election and special                                         
20 election with primary or general election. If the vacancy occurs on a date not less                                   
21 than 60, nor more than 90, days before the date of the primary election in an election                              
22 year in which a governor is not regularly elected, the acting governor shall, by                                    
23 proclamation, call the special primary election to be held on the date of the                                       
24 primary election and the special election to be held on the date of the general                                     
25 election, [IN YEARS IN WHICH A GOVERNOR IS REGULARLY ELECTED] or,                                               
26 if the vacancy occurs on a date not less than 60, nor more than 90, days before the date                                
27 of the [PRIMARY ELECTION OR] general election in election years in which a                                              
28 governor is not regularly elected, the acting governor shall, by proclamation, call the                                 
29 special primary election to be held on the date of the [PRIMARY ELECTION OR]                                        
30 general election with the subsequent special election to be held on the first                                       
31 Tuesday that is not a state holiday occurring not less than 60 days after the                                       
01       special primary and general election.                                                                         
02    * Sec. 35. AS 15.40.250 is amended to read:                                                                        
03 Sec. 15.40.250. Proclamation of special primary election and special                                              
04 election. The acting governor shall issue the proclamation calling the special                                    
05 primary election and special election at least 50 days before the special primary                               
06       election.                                                                                                         
07    * Sec. 36. AS 15.40.280 is amended to read:                                                                        
08            Sec. 15.40.280. Requirements of petition for [NO-PARTY] candidates.                                        
09       Petitions for the nomination of candidates must [NOT REPRESENTING A                                           
10 POLITICAL PARTY SHALL BE SIGNED BY QUALIFIED VOTERS OF THE                                                              
11 STATE EQUAL IN NUMBER TO AT LEAST ONE PERCENT OF THE NUMBER                                                             
12 OF VOTERS WHO CAST BALLOTS IN THE PRECEDING GENERAL                                                                     
13 ELECTION, SHALL INCLUDE NOMINEES FOR THE OFFICE OF GOVERNOR                                                             
14 AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR, AND SHALL] state in substance that which is                                                    
15 required for a declaration of candidacy under AS 15.25.030 [NOMINATION                                              
16       PETITIONS BY AS 15.25.180].                                                                                       
17    * Sec. 37. AS 15.40.310 is amended to read:                                                                        
18 Sec. 15.40.310. General provisions for conduct of the special primary                                               
19 election and special election. Unless specifically provided otherwise, all provisions                               
20 regarding the conduct of the primary and general election shall govern the conduct of                               
21 the special primary election and special election of the governor and lieutenant                                    
22 governor, including provisions concerning voter qualifications; provisions regarding                                    
23 the duties, powers, rights, and obligations of the director, of other election officials,                               
24 and of municipalities; provision for notification of the election; provision for payment                                
25 of election expenses; provisions regarding employees being allowed time from work                                       
26 to vote; provisions for the counting, reviewing, and certification of returns; provisions                               
27 for the determination of the votes and of recounts, contests, and appeal; and provision                                 
28       for absentee voting.                                                                                              
29    * Sec. 38. AS 15.40.330 is amended to read:                                                                        
30 Sec. 15.40.330. Qualification and confirmation of appointee. (a) The                                                  
31 appointee shall meet the qualifications of a member of the legislature as prescribed in                                 
01 Sec. 2, art. II, of the state constitution, and, if the predecessor in office was a                             
02 member of a political party or political group at the time of the vacancy, (1) shall                                
03 be a member of the same political party or political group as [THAT WHICH                                           
04 NOMINATED] the predecessor in office; [,] and (2) shall be subject to confirmation                              
05 by a majority of the members of the legislature who are members of the same political                                   
06 party or political group as [WHICH NOMINATED] the predecessor in office and of                                      
07 the same house as was the predecessor in office. If the predecessor in office was not a                             
08 member of [NOMINATED BY] a political party or political group at the time of                                    
09 the vacancy or, if no other member of the predecessor's political party or political                            
10 group is a member of the predecessor's house of the legislature, the governor may                                   
11 appoint any qualified person. If the appointee is not a member of a political party or                              
12 political group, as provided in (b) of this section, the appointment is not subject to                              
13 confirmation. If the appointee is a member of a political party or political group, the                             
14 appointment is subject to confirmation as provided by (b) of this section for the                                   
15       confirmation of political party or political group appointees.                                                
16 (b)  A member of a political party or political group is a person who supports                                      
17 the political program of a political party or political group. The absence of a                             
18 political party or political group designation after a candidate's name on an                                       
19 election ballot [FILING FOR OFFICE OF A CANDIDATE AS AN INDEPENDENT                                                 
20 OR NO-PARTY CANDIDATE] does not preclude a candidate from being a member                                                
21 of a political party or political group. Recognition of a [AN INDEPENDENT OR                                    
22 NO-PARTY] candidate as a member of a political party or political group caucus of                               
23 members of the legislature at the legislative session following the election of the                                     
24 [INDEPENDENT OR NO-PARTY] candidate is recognition of that person's political                                       
25 party or political group membership for the purposes of confirmation under this                                 
26 section [AT THE TIME FILINGS WERE MADE BY PARTY CANDIDATES FOR                                                      
27       THE PRECEDING GENERAL ELECTION].                                                                                  
28    * Sec. 39. AS 15.40.380 is amended to read:                                                                        
29 Sec. 15.40.380. Conditions for part-term senate appointment and special                                               
30 election. If the vacancy is for an unexpired senate term of more than two years and                                   
31 five full calendar months, the governor shall call a special primary election and a                                 
01       special election by proclamation, and the appointment shall expire on the date the                        
02       state senate first convenes or reconvenes following the certification of the results of                           
03       the special election by the director.                                                                             
04    * Sec. 40. AS 15.40.390 is amended to read:                                                                        
05 Sec. 15.40.390. Date of special primary election and special election. The                                          
06 special primary election to fill a vacancy in the state senate shall be held on the date                            
07 of the first primary [GENERAL] election held more than 60 days [THREE FULL                                      
08 CALENDAR MONTHS] after the senate vacancy occurs, and the special election                                          
09       shall be held on the date of the first general election thereafter.                                           
10    * Sec. 41. AS 15.40.400 is amended to read:                                                                        
11 Sec. 15.40.400. Proclamation of special primary election and special                                                
12 election. The governor shall issue the proclamation calling the special primary                                   
13       election and special election at least 50 days before the special primary election.                       
14    * Sec. 42. AS 15.40.440 is amended to read:                                                                        
15 Sec. 15.40.440. Requirements of petition for [NO-PARTY] candidates.                                                   
16 Petitions for the nomination of candidates [NOT REPRESENTING A POLITICAL                                                
17 PARTY SHALL BE SIGNED BY QUALIFIED VOTERS EQUAL IN NUMBER TO                                                            
18 AT LEAST ONE PERCENT OF THE NUMBER OF VOTERS WHO CAST                                                                   
19 BALLOTS IN THE PROPOSED NOMINEE'S RESPECTIVE HOUSE OR SENATE                                                            
20 DISTRICT IN THE PRECEDING GENERAL ELECTION. A NOMINATING                                                                
21 PETITION MAY NOT CONTAIN LESS THAN 50 SIGNATURES FOR ANY                                                                
22 DISTRICT, AND] must state in substance that which is required in a declaration of                                   
23 candidacy under AS 15.25.030 [PETITIONS FOR NOMINATION BY                                                           
24       AS 15.25.180].                                                                                                    
25    * Sec. 43. AS 15.40.470 is amended to read:                                                                        
26 Sec. 15.40.470. General provision for conduct of the special primary                                                
27 election and special election. Unless specifically provided otherwise, all provisions                               
28 regarding the conduct of the primary election and general election shall govern the                                 
29 conduct of the special primary election and special election of state senators,                                     
30 including provisions concerning voter qualifications; provisions regarding the duties,                                  
31 powers, rights, and obligations of the director, of other election officials, and of                                    
01 municipalities; provision for notification of the election; provision for payment of                                    
02 election expenses; provisions regarding employees being allowed time from work to                                       
03 vote; provisions for the counting, reviewing, and certification of returns; provisions for                              
04 the determination of the votes and of recounts, contests, and appeal; and provision for                                 
05       absentee voting.                                                                                                  
06    * Sec. 44. AS 15.45.190 is amended to read:                                                                        
07 Sec. 15.45.190. Placing proposition on ballot. The lieutenant governor shall                                          
08 direct the director to place the ballot title and proposition on the election ballot of the                             
09 first statewide general, special, special primary [RUNOFF], or primary election that                                
10       is held after                                                                                                     
11                 (1)  the petition has been filed;                                                                       
12                 (2)  a legislative session has convened and adjourned; and                                              
13 (3)  a period of 120 days has expired since the adjournment of the                                                      
14       legislative session.                                                                                              
15    * Sec. 45. AS 15.45.420 is amended to read:                                                                        
16 Sec. 15.45.420. Placing proposition on ballot. The lieutenant governor shall                                          
17 direct the director to place the ballot title and proposition on the election ballot for the                            
18 first statewide general, special, special primary [RUNOFF], or primary election held                                
19 more than 180 days after adjournment of the legislative session at which the act was                                    
20       passed.                                                                                                           
21    * Sec. 46. AS 15.58.010 is amended to read:                                                                        
22 Sec. 15.58.010. Election pamphlet. Before each state general election, and                                            
23 before each state primary, special, or special primary [RUNOFF] election at which a                                 
24 ballot proposition is scheduled to appear on the ballot, the lieutenant governor shall                                  
25 prepare, publish, and mail at least one election pamphlet to each household identified                                  
26 from the official registration list. The pamphlet shall be prepared on a regional basis as                              
27       determined by the lieutenant governor.                                                                            
28    * Sec. 47. AS 15.58.020(a) is amended by adding a new paragraph to read:                                           
29                 (13)  the following statement written in bold in a conspicuous location:                                
30                 In each race, you may vote for any candidate listed. If a primary                                       
31            election was held for a state office, United States senator, or United                                       
01            States representative, the two candidates who received the most votes                                        
02            for the office in the primary advanced to the general election.                                              
03 Each candidate may designate the political party or political                                                           
04 group that the candidate is registered as affiliated with. A candidate's                                                
05 political party or political group designation on a ballot does not imply                                               
06 that the candidate is nominated or endorsed by the party or political                                                   
07 group or that the party or group approves of or associates with that                                                    
08            candidate.                                                                                                   
09    * Sec. 48. AS 15.58.020(b) is amended to read:                                                                     
10 (b)  Each primary, special, or special primary [RUNOFF] election pamphlet                                           
11 shall contain only the information specified in (a)(6) and (a)(9) of this section for each                              
12 ballot measure scheduled to appear on the primary, special, or special primary                                      
13       [RUNOFF] election ballot.                                                                                         
14    * Sec. 49. AS 15.58.020 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                             
15 (c)  Notwithstanding (a) of this section, if a pamphlet is prepared and published                                       
16       under AS 15.58.010 for a                                                                                          
17 (1)  primary election, the pamphlet must contain the following                                                          
18 statement written in bold in a conspicuous location, instead of the statement provided                                  
19       by (a)(13) of this section:                                                                                       
20 In each race, you may vote for any candidate listed. The two                                                            
21 candidates who receive the most votes for a state office, United States                                                 
22 senator, or United States representative will advance to the general                                                    
23            election.                                                                                                    
24 Each candidate may designate the political party or political                                                           
25 group that the candidate is registered as affiliated with. A candidate's                                                
26 political party or political group designation on a ballot does not imply                                               
27 that the candidate is nominated or endorsed by the party or group or                                                    
28            that the party or group approves of or associates with that candidate;                                       
29 (2)  a special primary election, the pamphlet must contain the following                                                
30 statement written in bold in a conspicuous location, instead of the statement provided                                  
31       by (a)(13) of this section:                                                                                       
01                 In each race, you may vote for any candidate listed. The two                                            
02            candidates who receive the most votes for a state office or United                                           
03            States senator will advance to the special election.                                                         
04 Each candidate may designate the political party or political                                                           
05 group that the candidate is registered as affiliated with. A candidate's                                                
06 political party or political group designation on a ballot does not imply                                               
07 that the candidate is nominated or endorsed by the party or group or                                                    
08            that the party or group approves of or associates with that candidate.                                       
09    * Sec. 50. AS 15.58.030(b) is amended to read:                                                                     
10 (b)  Not [NO] later than July 22 of a year in which a state general election will                                   
11 be held, an individual who becomes a candidate for the office of United States senator,                                 
12 United States representative, governor, lieutenant governor, state senator, or state                                    
13 representative under AS 15.25.030 [OR 15.25.180] may file with the lieutenant                                           
14 governor a photograph and a statement advocating the candidacy. [AN INDIVIDUAL                                          
15 WHO BECOMES A CANDIDATE FOR THE OFFICE OF UNITED STATES                                                                 
16 SENATOR, UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE, GOVERNOR, LIEUTENANT                                                             
17 GOVERNOR, STATE SENATOR, OR STATE REPRESENTATIVE BY PARTY                                                               
18 PETITION FILED UNDER AS 15.25.110 MAY FILE WITH THE LIEUTENANT                                                          
19 GOVERNOR A PHOTOGRAPH AND A STATEMENT ADVOCATING THE                                                                    
20       CANDIDACY WITHIN 10 DAYS OF BECOMING A CANDIDATE.]                                                                
21    * Sec. 51. AS 15.80.008(a) is amended to read:                                                                     
22 (a)  A political group that the director has not recognized as a political party                                        
23 may obtain recognized political party status if, on or before May 31 of the election                                    
24       year for which the political group seeks recognition, the political group                                         
25                 (1)  files an application with the director; and                                                    
26 (2)  [SUBMITS BYLAWS TO THE DIRECTOR AND THE UNITED                                                                     
27 STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AS REQUIRED OF POLITICAL PARTIES                                                           
28       IN AS 15.25.014; AND                                                                                              
29                 (3)]  meets the definition of a political party in AS 15.80.010.                                        
30    * Sec. 52. AS 15.80.010(9) is amended to read:                                                                     
31 (9)  "federal election" means a general, special, special primary                                                   
01       [RUNOFF], or primary election held solely or in part for the purpose of selecting,                                
02       nominating, or electing a candidate for the office of President, Vice-President,                                  
03       presidential elector, United States senator, or United States representative;                                     
04    * Sec. 53. AS 15.80.010(27) is amended to read:                                                                    
05                 (27)  "political party" means an organized group of voters that                                         
06       represents a political program and                                                                                
07 (A)  that [NOMINATED A CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR                                                                           
08 WHO RECEIVED AT LEAST THREE PERCENT OF THE TOTAL VOTES                                                                  
09 CAST FOR GOVERNOR AT THE PRECEDING GENERAL ELECTION                                                                     
10 OR] has registered voters in the state equal in number to at least three percent                                        
11            of the total votes cast for governor at the preceding general election;                                      
12 (B)  if the office of governor was not on the ballot at the                                                             
13 preceding general election but the office of United States senator was on that                                          
14 ballot, that [NOMINATED A CANDIDATE FOR UNITED STATES                                                                   
15 SENATOR WHO RECEIVED AT LEAST THREE PERCENT OF THE                                                                      
16 TOTAL VOTES CAST FOR UNITED STATES SENATOR AT THAT                                                                      
17 GENERAL ELECTION OR] has registered voters in the state equal in number                                                 
18 to at least three percent of the total votes cast for United States senator at that                                     
19            general election; or                                                                                         
20 (C)  if neither the office of governor nor the office of United                                                         
21 States senator was on the ballot at the preceding general election, that                                                
22 [NOMINATED A CANDIDATE FOR UNITED STATES                                                                                
23 REPRESENTATIVE WHO RECEIVED AT LEAST THREE PERCENT OF                                                                   
24 THE TOTAL VOTES CAST FOR UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE                                                                   
25 AT THAT GENERAL ELECTION OR] has registered voters in the state equal                                                   
26 in number to at least three percent of the total votes cast for United States                                           
27            representative at that general election;                                                                     
28    * Sec. 54. AS 39.50.020(b) is amended to read:                                                                     
29 (b)  A public official or former public official other than an elected or                                               
30 appointed municipal officer shall file the statement with the Alaska Public Offices                                     
31 Commission. Candidates for the office of governor and lieutenant governor and, if the                                   
01 candidate is not subject to AS 24.60, the legislature shall file the statement under                                    
02 AS 15.25.030 [OR 15.25.180]. Municipal officers, former municipal officers, and                                         
03 candidates for elective municipal office, shall file with the municipal clerk or other                                  
04 municipal official designated to receive their filing for office. All statements required                               
05       to be filed under this chapter are public records.                                                                
06    * Sec. 55. AS 15.13.110(j); AS 15.25.014, 15.25.056, 15.25.110, 15.25.120, 15.25.130,                            
07 15.25.140, 15.25.150, 15.25.160, 15.25.170, 15.25.180, 15.25.185, 15.25.190, 15.25.200;                                 
08 AS 15.40.141, 15.40.142, 15.40.150, 15.40.200, 15.40.210, 15.40.290, 15.40.300, 15.40.450,                              
09 15.40.460; AS 15.56.030(a)(4), 15.56.030(a)(5), 15.56.035(a)(5), and 15.56.035(a)(6) are                                
10 repealed.                                                                                                               
11    * Sec. 56. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to                         
12 read:                                                                                                                   
13 TRANSITION; VOTER EDUCATION AS TO CHANGES MADE TO STATE                                                                 
14 ELECTION SYSTEMS THROUGH ADOPTION OF A TOP TWO NONPARTISAN                                                              
15 PRIMARY. (a) For a period of not less than one full election cycle immediately following the                            
16 effective date of this Act, the director of elections shall, in a manner reasonably calculated to                       
17 educate the public, inform voters of the changes made to the state's election systems in this                           
18 Act.                                                                                                                    
19 (b)  In this section, "election cycle" means the 24-month period commencing on                                          
20 January 1 of odd-numbered years and ending on December 31 of even-numbered years.