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CSHB 200(JUD): "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; amending the definition of 'political party'; and providing for an effective date."

00                       CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 200(JUD)                                                                    
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 amending the definition of 'political party'; and providing for an effective date."                                     
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                                     
06                 provided to a candidate without compensation to the candidate by                                        
07                 another person and for which a candidate is 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 [THE] party                                 
18 affiliation, if any, may [SHALL] be designated after the name of the candidate, upon                            
19 request of the candidate. If a candidate has requested designation as nonpartisan                               
20 or undeclared, that designation shall be placed after the name of the candidate. If                                 
21 a candidate is not registered as affiliated with a party or group and has not                                       
22 requested to be designated as nonpartisan or undeclared, the candidate shall be                                     
23 designated as undeclared. The lieutenant governor and the governor shall be                                         
24 included under the same section. Provision shall be made for voting for write-in [AND                                   
25 NO-PARTY] candidates within each section. Paper ballots for the state general                                           
26       election shall be printed on white 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. Some candidates for President and Vice-President                                        
12            are the 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 supply to a                                    
03 voter an absentee ballot application form with a political party or group affiliation                                   
04 indicated only if the voter is already registered as affiliated with the political party or                             
05 group indicated. Only the voter or the individual designated by the voter in a written                                  
06 power of attorney under this subsection may mark the voter's choice of primary ballot                                   
07 on an application. A person supplying an absentee ballot application form may not                                       
08 design or mark the application in a manner that suggests choice of one ballot over                                      
09 another, except that ballot choices may be listed on an application as authorized by the                                
10 division. The application must be made on a form prescribed or approved by the                                          
11 director. The voter or registration official shall submit the application directly to the                               
12 division of elections. For purposes of this subsection, "directly to the division of                                    
13 elections" means that an application may not be submitted to any intermediary that                                      
14 could control or delay the submission of the application to the division or gather data                                 
15 on the applicant from the application form. However, nothing in this subsection is                                      
16 intended to prohibit a voter from giving a completed absentee ballot application to a                                   
17 friend, relative, or associate for transfer to the United States Postal Service or a private                            
18       commercial delivery service for delivery to the division.                                                         
19    * Sec. 13. AS 15.20.081(h) is amended to read:                                                                     
20 (h)  Except as provided in AS 15.20.480, an absentee ballot returned by mail                                            
21 from outside the United States or from an overseas voter qualifying under                                               
22 AS 15.05.011 that has been marked and mailed not later than election day may not be                                     
23 counted unless the ballot is received by the election supervisor not later than the close                               
24       of business on the                                                                                                
25 (1)  10th day following a primary election or special primary election                                              
26       under AS 15.40.140; or                                                                                            
27 (2)  15th day following a general election [, SPECIAL RUNOFF                                                            
28 ELECTION,] or special election, other than a special primary election described in                                  
29       (1) of this subsection.                                                                                           
30    * Sec. 14. AS 15.20.190(a) is amended to read:                                                                     
31 (a)  Thirty days before the date of an election, the election supervisors shall                                         
01 appoint, in the same manner provided for the appointment of election officials                                          
02 prescribed in AS 15.10, district absentee ballot counting boards and district questioned                                
03 ballot counting boards, each composed of at least four members. At least one member                                     
04 of each board must be a member of the same political party or political group with                                  
05 the largest number of registered voters at the time of the preceding gubernatorial                                  
06 election [OF WHICH THE GOVERNOR IS A MEMBER], and at least one member                                               
07 of each board must be a member of the political party or political group with the                                   
08 second largest number of registered voters at the time of [WHOSE CANDIDATE                                          
09 FOR GOVERNOR RECEIVED THE SECOND LARGEST NUMBER OF VOTES                                                                
10 IN] the preceding gubernatorial election. The district boards shall assist the election                                 
11 supervisors in counting the absentee and questioned ballots and shall receive the same                                  
12       compensation paid election officials under AS 15.15.380.                                                          
13    * Sec. 15. AS 15.20.203(i) is amended to read:                                                                     
14 (i)  The director shall mail the materials described in (h) of this section to the                                      
15       voter not later than                                                                                              
16 (1)  10 days after completion of the review of ballots by the state                                                     
17 review board for a primary election [,] or [FOR] a special primary election under                                   
18       AS 15.40.140 [THAT IS FOLLOWED BY A SPECIAL RUNOFF ELECTION];                                                     
19 (2)  60 days after certification of the results of a general election [,                                                
20 SPECIAL RUNOFF ELECTION,] or special election other than a special primary                                          
21       election described in (1) of this subsection.                                                                     
22    * Sec. 16. AS 15.20.203(j) is amended to read:                                                                     
23 (j)  The director shall make available through a free access system to each                                             
24 absentee voter a system to check to see whether the voter's ballot was counted and, if                                  
25 not counted, the reason why the ballot was not counted. The director shall make this                                    
26       information available through the free access system not less than                                                
27 (1)  10 days after certification of the results of a primary election [,] or                                            
28 a special primary election under AS 15.40.140 [THAT IS FOLLOWED BY A                                                
29       SPECIAL RUNOFF ELECTION]; and                                                                                     
30 (2)  30 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. 17. AS 15.20.207(i) is amended to read:                                                                     
02            (i)  The director shall mail the materials described in (h) of this section to the                           
03       voter not later than                                                                                              
04                 (1)  10 days after completion of the review of ballots by the state                                     
05       review board for a primary election [,] or [FOR] a special primary election under                             
06       AS 15.40.140 [THAT IS FOLLOWED BY A SPECIAL RUNOFF ELECTION];                                                     
07                 (2)  60 days after certification of the results of a general or special                                 
08       election, other than a special primary election described in (1) of this subsection.                          
09    * Sec. 18. AS 15.20.207(k) is amended to read:                                                                     
10 (k)  The director shall make available through a free access system to each                                             
11 voter voting a questioned ballot a system to check to see whether the voter's ballot was                                
12 counted and, if not counted, the reason why the ballot was not counted. The director                                    
13       shall make this information available through the free access system not less than                                
14 (1)  10 days after certification of the results of a primary election [,] or                                            
15 a special primary election under AS 15.40.140 [THAT IS FOLLOWED BY A                                                
16       SPECIAL RUNOFF ELECTION]; and                                                                                     
17 (2)  30 days after [THE] certification of the results of a general or                                                   
18 special election, other than a special primary election described in (1) of this                                    
19       subsection.                                                                                                       
20    * Sec. 19. AS 15.20.211(d) is amended to read:                                                                     
21 (d)  The director shall mail the materials described in (c) of this section to the                                      
22       voter not later than                                                                                              
23 (1)  10 days after completion of the review of ballots by the state                                                     
24 review board for a primary election [,] or [FOR] a special primary election under                                   
25       AS 15.40.140 [THAT IS FOLLOWED BY A SPECIAL RUNOFF ELECTION];                                                     
26 (2)  60 days after certification of the results of a general or special                                                 
27       election, other than a special primary election described in (1) of this subsection.                          
28    * Sec. 20. AS 15.20.211(f) is amended to read:                                                                     
29 (f)  The director shall make available through a free access system to each                                             
30 voter whose ballot was subject to partial counting under this section a system to check                                 
31 to see whether the voter's ballot was partially counted and, if not counted, the reason                                 
01       why the ballot was not counted. The director shall make this information available                                
02       through the free access system not less than                                                                      
03                 (1)  10 days after certification of the results of a primary election [,] or                            
04       a special primary election under AS 15.40.140 [THAT IS FOLLOWED BY A                                          
05       SPECIAL RUNOFF ELECTION]; and                                                                                     
06                 (2)  30 days after [THE] certification of the results of a general or                                   
07       special election, other than a special primary election described in (1) of this                              
08       subsection.                                                                                                       
09    * Sec. 21. AS 15.25.010 is amended to read:                                                                        
10 Sec. 15.25.010. Provision for primary election. Candidates for the elective                                           
11 state executive and state and national legislative offices shall be nominated in a                                      
12 primary election by direct vote of the people in the manner prescribed by this chapter.                                 
13 The primary election does not serve to determine the nominee of a political party                                   
14 or political group but serves only to narrow the number of candidates whose                                         
15 names will appear on the ballot at the general election. Except as provided in                                      
16 AS 15.25.100(d), only the two candidates who receive the greatest number of                                         
17 votes and the second greatest number of votes for any office shall advance to the                                   
18 general election [THE DIRECTOR SHALL PREPARE AND PROVIDE A                                                          
19 PRIMARY ELECTION BALLOT FOR EACH POLITICAL PARTY. A VOTER                                                               
20 REGISTERED AS AFFILIATED WITH A POLITICAL PARTY MAY VOTE                                                                
21 THAT PARTY'S BALLOT. A VOTER REGISTERED AS NONPARTISAN OR                                                               
22 UNDECLARED RATHER THAN AS AFFILIATED WITH A PARTICULAR                                                                  
23 POLITICAL PARTY MAY VOTE THE POLITICAL PARTY BALLOT OF THE                                                              
24 VOTER'S CHOICE UNLESS PROHIBITED FROM DOING SO UNDER                                                                    
25 AS 15.25.014. A VOTER REGISTERED AS AFFILIATED WITH A POLITICAL                                                         
26 PARTY MAY NOT VOTE THE BALLOT OF A DIFFERENT POLITICAL PARTY                                                            
27       UNLESS PERMITTED TO DO SO UNDER AS 15.25.014].                                                                    
28    * Sec. 22. AS 15.25.030(a) is amended to read:                                                                     
29 (a)  A person [MEMBER OF A POLITICAL PARTY] who seeks to become a                                                   
30 candidate [OF THE PARTY] in the primary election or a special primary election                                      
31 shall execute and file a declaration of candidacy. The declaration shall be executed                                    
01       under oath before an officer authorized to take acknowledgments and must state in                                 
02       substance                                                                                                         
03                 (1)  the full name of the candidate;                                                                    
04                 (2)  the full mailing address of the candidate;                                                         
05                 (3)  if the candidacy is for the office of state senator or state                                       
06       representative, the house or senate district of which the candidate is a resident;                                
07                 (4)  the office for which the candidate seeks nomination;                                               
08                 (5)  the [NAME OF THE] political party or political group with                                      
09       whom the candidate is registered as affiliated, or whether the candidate would                                
10 prefer a nonpartisan or undeclared designation placed after the candidate's name                                    
11 on the ballot [OF WHICH THE PERSON IS A CANDIDATE FOR                                                               
12       NOMINATION];                                                                                                      
13 (6)  the full residence address of the candidate, and the date on which                                                 
14       residency at that address began;                                                                                  
15 (7)  the date of the primary election or special primary election at                                                
16       which the candidate seeks nomination;                                                                             
17 (8)  the length of residency in the state and in the district of the                                                    
18       candidate;                                                                                                        
19 (9)  that the candidate will meet the specific citizenship requirements of                                              
20       the office for which the person is a candidate;                                                                   
21                 (10)  that the candidate is a qualified voter as required by law;                                       
22 (11)  that the candidate will meet the specific age requirements of the                                                 
23 office for which the person is a candidate; if the candidacy is for the office of state                                 
24 representative, that the candidate will be at least 21 years of age on the first scheduled                              
25 day of the first regular session of the legislature convened after the election; if the                                 
26 candidacy is for the office of state senator, that the candidate will be at least 25 years                              
27 of age on the first scheduled day of the first regular session of the legislature convened                              
28 after the election; if the candidacy is for the office of governor or lieutenant governor,                              
29 that the candidate will be at least 30 years of age on the first Monday in December                                     
30 following election or, if the office is to be filled by special election under                                          
31 AS 15.40.230 - 15.40.310, that the candidate will be at least 30 years of age on the                                    
01       date of certification of the results of the special election; or, for any other office, by                        
02       the time that the candidate, if elected, is sworn into office;                                                    
03                 (12)  that the candidate requests that the candidate's name be placed on                                
04       the primary or special primary election ballot;                                                               
05                 (13)  that the required fee accompanies the declaration;                                                
06                 (14)  that the person is not a candidate for any other office to be voted                               
07       on at the primary or general election and that the person is not a candidate for this                             
08       office under any other declaration of candidacy or nominating petition;                                           
09                 (15)  the manner in which the candidate wishes the candidate's name to                                  
10       appear on the ballot; and                                                                                         
11 (16)  that the candidate is registered to vote as a member of the political                                             
12       party whose nomination is being sought.                                                                           
13    * Sec. 23. AS 15.25.060 is repealed and reenacted to read:                                                         
14 Sec. 15.25.060. Preparation and distribution of ballots. The primary                                                  
15 election ballots shall be prepared and distributed by the director in the manner                                        
16 prescribed for general election ballots except as specifically provided otherwise for the                               
17 primary election. The director shall prepare and provide a primary election ballot that                                 
18 contains all of the candidates for elective state executive and state and national                                      
19 legislative offices and all of the ballot titles and propositions required to appear on the                             
20 ballot at the primary election. The director shall print the ballots on white paper and                                 
21 place the names of all candidates who have properly filed in groups according to                                        
22 offices. The order of the placement of the names for each office shall be as provided                                   
23 for the general election ballot. Blank spaces may not be provided on the ballot for the                                 
24       writing or pasting in of names.                                                                                   
25    * Sec. 24. AS 15.25.100 is repealed and reenacted to read:                                                         
26 Sec. 15.25.100. Placement of candidates on general election ballot. (a) Of                                            
27 the names of candidates that appear on the primary election ballot under                                                
28 AS 15.25.010, the director shall place on the general election ballot only the names of                                 
29 the candidates receiving the greatest number of votes and the second greatest number                                    
30       of votes for an office, except as provided in (b) - (g) of this section.                                          
31            (b)  If two candidates tie                                                                                   
01                 (1)  in having the greatest number of votes for an office in the primary                                
02       election, the director shall place only the names of those two candidates for that office                         
03       on the general election ballot;                                                                                   
04                 (2)  in having the second greatest number of votes for an office in the                                 
05       primary election, the director shall determine under (g) of this section which                                    
06       candidate's name shall appear on the general election ballot.                                                     
07            (c)  Subject to (d) and (e) of this section, for the office of lieutenant governor,                          
08       the director shall place on the general election ballot, together with the name of the                            
09       candidate for governor who received                                                                               
10 (1)  the greatest number of votes in the primary election, the name of                                                  
11 either the candidate for lieutenant governor receiving the greatest number of votes or                                  
12 the candidate for lieutenant governor receiving the second greatest number of votes,                                    
13       whichever the candidate for governor chooses to run with jointly; and                                             
14 (2)  the second greatest number of votes in the primary election, the                                                   
15 name of either the candidate for lieutenant governor receiving the greatest number of                                   
16 votes or the candidate for lieutenant governor receiving the second greatest number of                                  
17 votes, whichever was not chosen to run jointly with the candidate for governor who                                      
18       received the greatest number of votes.                                                                            
19 (d)  If a candidate whose name is placed on the general election ballot under                                           
20 this section dies, withdraws, resigns, becomes disqualified from holding the office for                                 
21 which the candidate is nominated, or is certified as being incapacitated under (f) of                                   
22 this section after the primary election and 64 days or more before the general election,                                
23 the director may not place the candidate's name on the general election ballot and shall                                
24       instead place the name of the candidate, in order of priority, who                                                
25 (1)  tied in having the second greatest number of votes at the primary                                                  
26       election; or                                                                                                      
27 (2)  received the third greatest number of votes for the office at the                                                  
28       primary election.                                                                                                 
29 (e)  If a candidate for governor or lieutenant governor is replaced under (d) of                                        
30 this section, the candidate for governor who received the greatest number of votes in                                   
31 the primary election may choose which of the eligible candidates for lieutenant                                         
01 governor to run with jointly. The director shall place on the general election ballot the                               
02 name of the candidate for governor who received the greatest number of votes with the                                   
03 name of the candidate for lieutenant governor selected by that candidate for governor,                                  
04 and shall place the name of the other eligible candidate for lieutenant governor with                                   
05       the name of the other eligible candidate for governor.                                                            
06 (f)  For a candidate to be certified as incapacitated under (d) of this section, a                                      
07 panel of three licensed physicians, not more than two of whom may be of the same                                        
08 party, shall provide the director with a sworn statement that the candidate is physically                               
09 or mentally incapacitated to an extent that would, in the panel's judgment, prevent the                                 
10       candidate from active service during the term of office if elected.                                               
11 (g)  If the director is unable to make a determination under this section because                                       
12 the candidates received an equal number of votes, the determination may be made by                                      
13       lot under AS 15.20.530.                                                                                           
14    * Sec. 25. AS 15.25.105(a) is amended to read:                                                                     
15 (a)  If a candidate does not appear on the primary election ballot or is not                                            
16 successful in advancing to the general election and wishes to be a candidate in the                                     
17 general election, the candidate may file as a write-in candidate. Votes for a write-in                                  
18 candidate may not be counted unless that candidate has filed a letter of intent with the                                
19       director stating                                                                                                  
20                 (1)  the full name of the candidate;                                                                    
21 (2)  the full residence address of the candidate and the date on which                                                  
22       residency at that address began;                                                                                  
23                 (3)  the full mailing address of the candidate;                                                         
24 (4)  the [NAME OF THE] political party or political group with whom                                                 
25 the candidate is registered as affiliated, or whether the candidate would prefer a                                  
26 nonpartisan or undeclared designation [OF WHICH THE CANDIDATE IS A                                                  
27       MEMBER, IF ANY];                                                                                                  
28 (5)  if the candidate is for the office of state senator or state                                                       
29       representative, the house or senate district of which the candidate is a resident;                                
30                 (6)  the office that the candidate seeks;                                                               
31                 (7)  the date of the election at which the candidate seeks election;                                    
01                 (8)  the length of residency in the state and in the house district of the                              
02       candidate;                                                                                                        
03                 (9)  the name of the candidate as the candidate wishes it to be written                                 
04       on the ballot by the voter;                                                                                       
05                 (10)  that the candidate meets the specific citizenship requirements of                                 
06       the office for which the person is a candidate;                                                                   
07 (11)  that the candidate will meet the specific age requirements of the                                                 
08 office for which the person is a candidate; if the candidacy is for the office of state                                 
09 representative, that the candidate will be at least 21 years of age on the first scheduled                              
10 day of the first regular session of the legislature convened after the election; if the                                 
11 candidacy is for the office of state senator, that the candidate will be at least 25 years                              
12 of age on the first scheduled day of the first regular session of the legislature convened                              
13 after the election; if the candidacy is for the office of governor or lieutenant governor,                              
14 that the candidate will be at least 30 years of age on the first Monday in December                                     
15 following election or, if the office is to be filled by special election under                                          
16 AS 15.40.230 - 15.40.310, that the candidate will be at least 30 years of age on the                                    
17 date of certification of the results of the special election; or, for any other office, by                              
18       the time that the candidate, if elected, is sworn into office;                                                    
19                 (12)  that the candidate is a qualified voter as required by law; and                                   
20 (13)  that the candidate is not a candidate for any other office to be                                                  
21 voted on at the general election and that the candidate is not a candidate for this office                              
22       under any other nominating petition or declaration of candidacy.                                                  
23    * Sec. 26. AS 15.25.105(b) is amended to read:                                                                     
24 (b)  If a write-in candidate is running for the office of governor, the candidate                                       
25 must file a joint letter of intent together with a candidate for lieutenant governor.                                   
26 [BOTH CANDIDATES MUST BE OF THE SAME POLITICAL PARTY OR                                                                 
27       GROUP.]                                                                                                           
28    * Sec. 27. AS 15.40.140 is amended to read:                                                                        
29 Sec. 15.40.140. Condition of calling special primary election and special                                           
30 election. When a vacancy occurs in the office of United States senator or United                                      
31 States representative, the governor shall, by proclamation, call a special primary                                  
01 election to be held on a date not less than 60, nor more than 90, days after the                                    
02 date the vacancy occurs, to be followed by a special election on the first Tuesday                                  
03 that is not a state holiday occurring not less than 60 days after the special                                       
04 primary election [UNDER AS 15.40.142(a)]. However, in an election year in which                                 
05 a candidate for that office is not regularly elected, if the vacancy occurs on a date                               
06 that is not less than 60, nor more than 90, days before [OR IS ON OR AFTER] the                                 
07       date of                                                                                                           
08 (1)  the primary election, the [IN THE GENERAL ELECTION YEAR                                                    
09 DURING WHICH A CANDIDATE TO FILL THE OFFICE IS REGULARLY                                                                
10 ELECTED, THE GOVERNOR MAY NOT CALL A] special primary election shall                                            
11 be held on the date of the primary election with the subsequent special election to                                 
12       be held on the date of the general election; or                                                               
13 (2)  the general election, the special primary election shall be held                                               
14 on the date of the general election with the subsequent special election to be held                                 
15 on the first Tuesday that is not a state holiday occurring not less than 60 days                                    
16       after the special primary and general election.                                                               
17    * Sec. 28. AS 15.40.160 is amended to read:                                                                        
18 Sec. 15.40.160. Proclamation. The governor shall issue the proclamation                                               
19       calling the special primary election and special election at least 50 days before the                         
20                 [(1)]  special primary election [; AND                                                              
21 (2)  IF A SPECIAL RUNOFF ELECTION IS REQUIRED UNDER                                                                     
22       AS 15.40.141(a), SPECIAL RUNOFF ELECTION].                                                                        
23    * Sec. 29. AS 15.40.165 is amended to read:                                                                        
24 Sec. 15.40.165. Term of elected senator. At the special election, [OR, AS                                             
25 PROVIDED BY AS 15.40.141, AT THE SPECIAL RUNOFF ELECTION,] a United                                                     
26 States senator shall be elected to fill the remainder of the unexpired term. The person                                 
27 elected shall take office on the date the United States Senate meets, convenes, or                                      
28 reconvenes following the certification of the results of the special election [OR                                       
29       SPECIAL RUNOFF ELECTION] by the director.                                                                         
30    * Sec. 30. AS 15.40.170 is amended to read:                                                                        
31 Sec. 15.40.170. Term of elected representative. At the special election, [OR,                                         
01 AS PROVIDED BY AS 15.40.141, AT THE SPECIAL RUNOFF ELECTION,] a                                                         
02 United States representative shall be elected to fill the remainder of the unexpired                                    
03 term. The person elected shall take office on the date the United States house of                                       
04 representatives meets, convenes, or reconvenes following the certification of the                                       
05       results of the special election [OR SPECIAL RUNOFF ELECTION] by the director.                                     
06    * Sec. 31. AS 15.40.190 is amended to read:                                                                        
07 Sec. 15.40.190. Requirements of petition for [NO-PARTY] candidates.                                                   
08 Petitions for the nomination of candidates must be executed under oath and [NOT                                     
09 REPRESENTING A POLITICAL PARTY SHALL BE SIGNED BY QUALIFIED                                                             
10 VOTERS OF THE STATE EQUAL IN NUMBER TO AT LEAST ONE PERCENT                                                             
11 OF THE NUMBER OF VOTERS WHO CAST BALLOTS IN THE PRECEDING                                                               
12 GENERAL ELECTION AND SHALL] state in substance that which is required for a                                         
13 declaration of candidacy under AS 15.25.030 [NOMINATION PETITIONS BY                                                
14       AS 15.25.180].                                                                                                    
15    * Sec. 32. AS 15.40.220 is amended to read:                                                                        
16 Sec. 15.40.220. General provisions for conduct of the special primary                                             
17 election and special [RUNOFF] election. Unless specifically provided otherwise, all                                   
18 provisions regarding the conduct of the primary election and general election shall                                 
19 govern the conduct of the special primary election and [THE] special [RUNOFF]                                       
20 election of the United States senator or United States representative, including                                        
21 provisions concerning voter qualifications; provisions regarding the duties, powers,                                    
22 rights, and obligations of the director, of other election officials, and of municipalities;                            
23 provision for notification of the election; provision for payment of election expenses;                                 
24 provisions regarding employees being allowed time from work to vote; provisions for                                     
25 the counting, reviewing, and certification of returns; [PROVISION FOR RUNNING                                           
26 AS, VOTING FOR, AND COUNTING BALLOTS FOR A WRITE-IN                                                                     
27 CANDIDATE;] provisions for the determination of the votes and of recounts,                                              
28       contests, and appeal; and provision for absentee voting.                                                          
29    * Sec. 33. AS 15.40.230 is amended to read:                                                                        
30 Sec. 15.40.230. Condition and time of calling special primary election and                                          
31 special election. When a person appointed to succeed to the office of lieutenant                                      
01 governor succeeds to the office of acting governor, the acting governor shall, by                                       
02 proclamation, call a special primary election to be held on a date not less than 60, nor                            
03 more than 90, days after the date the vacancy in the office of the governor occurred                                    
04 and a subsequent special election to be held on the first Tuesday that is not a state                               
05 holiday occurring not less than 60 days after the special primary election.                                         
06 However, if the vacancy occurs on a date that is less than 60 days before or is on or                                   
07 after the date of the primary election in years in which a governor is regularly elected,                               
08 the acting governor shall serve the remainder of the unexpired term and may not call a                                  
09       special election.                                                                                                 
10    * Sec. 34. AS 15.40.240 is amended to read:                                                                        
11 Sec. 15.40.240. Conditions for holding special primary election and special                                         
12 election with primary or general election. If the vacancy occurs on a date not less                                   
13 than 60, nor more than 90, days before the date of the primary election in an election                              
14 year in which a governor is not regularly elected, the acting governor shall, by                                    
15 proclamation, call the special primary election to be held on the date of the                                       
16 primary election and the special election to be held on the date of the general                                     
17 election, [IN YEARS IN WHICH A GOVERNOR IS REGULARLY ELECTED] or,                                               
18 if the vacancy occurs on a date not less than 60, nor more than 90, days before the date                                
19 of the [PRIMARY ELECTION OR] general election in election years in which a                                              
20 governor is not regularly elected, the acting governor shall, by proclamation, call the                                 
21 special primary election to be held on the date of the [PRIMARY ELECTION OR]                                        
22 general election with the subsequent special election to be held on the first                                       
23 Tuesday that is not a state holiday occurring not less than 60 days after the                                       
24       special primary and general election.                                                                         
25    * Sec. 35. AS 15.40.250 is amended to read:                                                                        
26 Sec. 15.40.250. Proclamation of special primary election and special                                              
27 election. The acting governor shall issue the proclamation calling the special                                    
28 primary election and special election at least 50 days before the special primary                               
29       election.                                                                                                         
30    * Sec. 36. AS 15.40.280 is amended to read:                                                                        
31 Sec. 15.40.280. Requirements of petition for [NO-PARTY] candidates.                                                   
01 Petitions for the nomination of candidates must [NOT REPRESENTING A                                                 
02 POLITICAL PARTY SHALL BE SIGNED BY QUALIFIED VOTERS OF THE                                                              
03 STATE EQUAL IN NUMBER TO AT LEAST ONE PERCENT OF THE NUMBER                                                             
04 OF VOTERS WHO CAST BALLOTS IN THE PRECEDING GENERAL                                                                     
05 ELECTION, SHALL INCLUDE NOMINEES FOR THE OFFICE OF GOVERNOR                                                             
06 AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR, AND SHALL] state in substance that which is                                                    
07 required for a declaration of candidacy under AS 15.25.030 and pay the fee                                          
08       required under AS 15.25.050(a) [NOMINATION PETITIONS BY AS 15.25.180].                                        
09    * Sec. 37. AS 15.40.310 is amended to read:                                                                        
10 Sec. 15.40.310. General provisions for conduct of the special primary                                               
11 election and special election. Unless specifically provided otherwise, all provisions                               
12 regarding the conduct of the primary and general election shall govern the conduct of                               
13 the special primary election and special election of the governor and lieutenant                                    
14 governor, including provisions concerning voter qualifications; provisions regarding                                    
15 the duties, powers, rights, and obligations of the director, of other election officials,                               
16 and of municipalities; provision for notification of the election; provision for payment                                
17 of election expenses; provisions regarding employees being allowed time from work                                       
18 to vote; provisions for the counting, reviewing, and certification of returns; provisions                               
19 for the determination of the votes and of recounts, contests, and appeal; and provision                                 
20       for absentee voting.                                                                                              
21    * Sec. 38. AS 15.40.330 is amended to read:                                                                        
22 Sec. 15.40.330. Qualification and confirmation of appointee. (a) The                                                  
23 appointee shall meet the qualifications of a member of the legislature as prescribed in                                 
24 Sec. 2, art. II, of the state constitution, and, if the predecessor in office was a                             
25 member of a political party or political group at the time of the vacancy, (1) shall                                
26 be a member of the same political party or political group as [THAT WHICH                                           
27 NOMINATED] the predecessor in office; [,] and (2) shall be subject to confirmation                              
28 by a majority of the members of the legislature who are members of the same political                                   
29 party or political group as [WHICH NOMINATED] the predecessor in office and of                                      
30 the same house as was the predecessor in office. If the predecessor in office was not a                             
31 member of [NOMINATED BY] a political party or political group at the time of                                    
01 the vacancy or, if no other member of the predecessor's political party or political                            
02 group is a member of the predecessor's house of the legislature, the governor may                                   
03 appoint any qualified person. If the appointee is not a member of a political party or                              
04 political group, as provided in (b) of this section, the appointment is not subject to                              
05 confirmation. If the appointee is a member of a political party or political group, the                             
06 appointment is subject to confirmation as provided by (b) of this section for the                                   
07       confirmation of political party or political group appointees.                                                
08 (b)  A member of a political party or political group is a person who supports                                      
09 the political program of a political party or political group. The absence of a                             
10 political party or political group designation after a candidate's name on an                                       
11 election ballot [FILING FOR OFFICE OF A CANDIDATE AS AN INDEPENDENT                                                 
12 OR NO-PARTY CANDIDATE] does not preclude a candidate from being a member                                                
13 of a political party or political group. Recognition of a [AN INDEPENDENT OR                                    
14 NO-PARTY] candidate as a member of a political party or political group caucus of                               
15 members of the legislature at the legislative session following the election of the                                     
16 [INDEPENDENT OR NO-PARTY] candidate is recognition of that person's political                                       
17 party or political group membership for the purposes of confirmation under this                                 
18 section [AT THE TIME FILINGS WERE MADE BY PARTY CANDIDATES FOR                                                      
19       THE PRECEDING GENERAL ELECTION].                                                                                  
20    * Sec. 39. AS 15.40.380 is amended to read:                                                                        
21 Sec. 15.40.380. Conditions for part-term senate appointment and special                                               
22 election. If the vacancy is for an unexpired senate term of more than two years and                                   
23 five full calendar months, the governor shall call a special primary election and a                                 
24 special election by proclamation, and the appointment shall expire on the date the                              
25 state senate first convenes or reconvenes following the certification of the results of                                 
26       the special election by the director.                                                                             
27    * Sec. 40. AS 15.40.390 is amended to read:                                                                        
28 Sec. 15.40.390. Date of special primary election and special election. The                                          
29 special primary election to fill a vacancy in the state senate shall be held on the date                            
30 of the first primary [GENERAL] election held more than 60 days [THREE FULL                                      
31 CALENDAR MONTHS] after the senate vacancy occurs, and the special election                                          
01       shall be held on the date of the first general election thereafter.                                           
02    * Sec. 41. AS 15.40.400 is amended to read:                                                                        
03            Sec. 15.40.400. Proclamation of special primary election and special                                     
04       election. The governor shall issue the proclamation calling the special primary                             
05       election and special election at least 50 days before the special primary election.                       
06    * Sec. 42. AS 15.40.440 is amended to read:                                                                        
07 Sec. 15.40.440. Requirements of petition for [NO-PARTY] candidates.                                                   
08 Petitions for the nomination of candidates [NOT REPRESENTING A POLITICAL                                                
09 PARTY SHALL BE SIGNED BY QUALIFIED VOTERS EQUAL IN NUMBER TO                                                            
10 AT LEAST ONE PERCENT OF THE NUMBER OF VOTERS WHO CAST                                                                   
11 BALLOTS IN THE PROPOSED NOMINEE'S RESPECTIVE HOUSE OR SENATE                                                            
12 DISTRICT IN THE PRECEDING GENERAL ELECTION. A NOMINATING                                                                
13 PETITION MAY NOT CONTAIN LESS THAN 50 SIGNATURES FOR ANY                                                                
14 DISTRICT, AND] must state in substance that which is required in a declaration of                                   
15 candidacy under AS 15.25.030 [PETITIONS FOR NOMINATION BY                                                           
16       AS 15.25.180].                                                                                                    
17    * Sec. 43. AS 15.40.470 is amended to read:                                                                        
18 Sec. 15.40.470. General provision for conduct of the special primary                                                
19 election and special election. Unless specifically provided otherwise, all provisions                               
20 regarding the conduct of the primary election and general election shall govern the                                 
21 conduct of the special primary election and special election of state senators,                                     
22 including provisions concerning voter qualifications; provisions regarding the duties,                                  
23 powers, rights, and obligations of the director, of other election officials, and of                                    
24 municipalities; provision for notification of the election; provision for payment of                                    
25 election expenses; provisions regarding employees being allowed time from work to                                       
26 vote; provisions for the counting, reviewing, and certification of returns; provisions for                              
27 the determination of the votes and of recounts, contests, and appeal; and provision for                                 
28       absentee voting.                                                                                                  
29    * Sec. 44. AS 15.45.190 is amended to read:                                                                        
30 Sec. 15.45.190. Placing proposition on ballot. The lieutenant governor shall                                          
31 direct the director to place the ballot title and proposition on the election ballot of the                             
01       first statewide general, special, special primary [RUNOFF], or primary election that                          
02       is held after                                                                                                     
03                 (1)  the petition has been filed;                                                                       
04                 (2)  a legislative session has convened and adjourned; and                                              
05                 (3)  a period of 120 days has expired since the adjournment of the                                      
06       legislative session.                                                                                              
07    * Sec. 45. AS 15.45.420 is amended to read:                                                                        
08            Sec. 15.45.420. Placing proposition on ballot. The lieutenant governor shall                               
09       direct the director to place the ballot title and proposition on the election ballot for the                      
10 first statewide general, special, special primary [RUNOFF], or primary election held                                
11 more than 180 days after adjournment of the legislative session at which the act was                                    
12       passed.                                                                                                           
13    * Sec. 46. AS 15.58.010 is amended to read:                                                                        
14 Sec. 15.58.010. Election pamphlet. Before each state general election, and                                            
15 before each state primary, special, or special primary [RUNOFF] election at which a                                 
16 ballot proposition is scheduled to appear on the ballot, the lieutenant governor shall                                  
17 prepare, publish, and mail at least one election pamphlet to each household identified                                  
18 from the official registration list. The pamphlet shall be prepared on a regional basis as                              
19       determined by the lieutenant governor.                                                                            
20    * Sec. 47. AS 15.58.020(a) is amended by adding a new paragraph to read:                                           
21                 (13)  the following statement written in bold in a conspicuous location:                                
22 In each race, you may vote for any candidate listed. If a primary                                                       
23 election was held for a state office, United States senator, or United                                                  
24 States representative, the two candidates who received the most votes                                                   
25 for the office in the primary advanced to the general election. However,                                                
26 if one of the two candidates who received the most votes for an office                                                  
27 at the primary election died, withdrew, resigned, was disqualified, or                                                  
28 was certified as incapacitated 64 days or more before the general                                                       
29 election, the candidate who received the third most votes for the office                                                
30            advanced to the general election.                                                                            
31 Each candidate may designate the political party or political                                                           
01 group that the candidate is registered as affiliated with. A candidate's                                                
02 political party or political group designation on a ballot does not imply                                               
03 that the candidate is nominated or endorsed by the party or political                                                   
04 group or that the party or group approves of or associates with that                                                    
05            candidate.                                                                                                   
06    * Sec. 48. AS 15.58.020(b) is amended to read:                                                                     
07 (b)  Each primary, special, or special primary [RUNOFF] election pamphlet                                           
08 shall contain only the information specified in (a)(6) and (a)(9) of this section for each                              
09 ballot measure scheduled to appear on the primary, special, or special primary                                      
10       [RUNOFF] election ballot.                                                                                         
11    * Sec. 49. AS 15.58.020 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                             
12            (c)  Notwithstanding (a) of this section, if a pamphlet is prepared and published                            
13       under AS 15.58.010 for a                                                                                          
14                 (1)  primary election, the pamphlet must contain the following                                          
15       statement written in bold in a conspicuous location, instead of the statement provided                            
16       by (a)(13) of this section:                                                                                       
17 In each race, you may vote for any candidate listed. The two                                                            
18 candidates who receive the most votes for a state office, United States                                                 
19 senator, or United States representative will advance to the general                                                    
20 election. However, if, after the primary election and 64 days or more                                                   
21 before the general election, one of the two candidates who received the                                                 
22 most votes for an office at the primary election dies, withdraws,                                                       
23 resigns, is disqualified, or is certified as incapacitated, the candidate                                               
24 who received the third most votes for the office will advance to the                                                    
25            general election.                                                                                            
26 Each candidate may designate the political party or political                                                           
27 group that the candidate is registered as affiliated with. A candidate's                                                
28 political party or political group designation on a ballot does not imply                                               
29 that the candidate is nominated or endorsed by the party or group or                                                    
30            that the party or group approves of or associates with that candidate;                                       
31                 (2)  a special primary election, the pamphlet must contain the following                                
01       statement written in bold in a conspicuous location, instead of the statement provided                            
02       by (a)(13) of this section:                                                                                       
03 In each race, you may vote for any candidate listed. The two                                                            
04 candidates who receive the most votes for a state office or United                                                      
05 States senator will advance to the special election. However, if, after                                                 
06 the special primary election and 64 days or more before the special                                                     
07 election, one of the two candidates who received the most votes for a                                                   
08 state office or United States senator at the primary election dies,                                                     
09 withdraws, resigns, is disqualified, or is certified as incapacitated, the                                              
10            candidate who received the third most votes for the office will advance                                      
11            to the general election.                                                                                     
12 Each candidate may designate the political party or political                                                           
13 group that the candidate is registered as affiliated with. A candidate's                                                
14 political party or political group designation on a ballot does not imply                                               
15 that the candidate is nominated or endorsed by the party or group or                                                    
16            that the party or group approves of or associates with that candidate.                                       
17    * Sec. 50. AS 15.58.030(b) is amended to read:                                                                     
18 (b)  Not [NO] later than July 22 of a year in which a state general election will                                   
19 be held, an individual who becomes a candidate for the office of United States senator,                                 
20 United States representative, governor, lieutenant governor, state senator, or state                                    
21 representative under AS 15.25.030 [OR 15.25.180] may file with the lieutenant                                           
22 governor a photograph and a statement advocating the candidacy. [AN INDIVIDUAL                                          
23 WHO BECOMES A CANDIDATE FOR THE OFFICE OF UNITED STATES                                                                 
24 SENATOR, UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE, GOVERNOR, LIEUTENANT                                                             
25 GOVERNOR, STATE SENATOR, OR STATE REPRESENTATIVE BY PARTY                                                               
26 PETITION FILED UNDER AS 15.25.110 MAY FILE WITH THE LIEUTENANT                                                          
27 GOVERNOR A PHOTOGRAPH AND A STATEMENT ADVOCATING THE                                                                    
28       CANDIDACY WITHIN 10 DAYS OF BECOMING A CANDIDATE.]                                                                
29    * Sec. 51. AS 15.80.008(a) is amended to read:                                                                     
30 (a)  A political group that the director has not recognized as a political party                                        
31 may obtain recognized political party status if, on or before May 31 of the election                                    
01       year for which the political group seeks recognition, the political group                                         
02                 (1)  files an application with the director; and                                                    
03                 (2)  [SUBMITS BYLAWS TO THE DIRECTOR AND THE UNITED                                                     
04       STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AS REQUIRED OF POLITICAL PARTIES                                                     
05       IN AS 15.25.014; AND                                                                                              
06                 (3)]  meets the definition of a political party in AS 15.80.010.                                        
07    * Sec. 52. AS 15.80.010(9) is amended to read:                                                                     
08                 (9)  "federal election" means a general, special, special primary                                   
09       [RUNOFF], or primary election held solely or in part for the purpose of selecting,                                
10 nominating, or electing a candidate for the office of President, Vice-President,                                        
11       presidential elector, United States senator, or United States representative;                                     
12    * Sec. 53. AS 15.80.010(27) is amended to read:                                                                    
13 (27)  "political party" means an organized group of voters that                                                         
14       represents a political program and                                                                                
15 (A)  that [NOMINATED A CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR                                                                           
16 WHO RECEIVED AT LEAST THREE PERCENT OF THE TOTAL VOTES                                                                  
17 CAST FOR GOVERNOR AT THE PRECEDING GENERAL ELECTION                                                                     
18 OR] has registered voters in the state equal in number to at least three percent                                        
19            of the total votes cast for governor at the preceding general election;                                      
20 (B)  if the office of governor was not on the ballot at the                                                             
21 preceding general election but the office of United States senator was on that                                          
22 ballot, that [NOMINATED A CANDIDATE FOR UNITED STATES                                                                   
23 SENATOR WHO RECEIVED AT LEAST THREE PERCENT OF THE                                                                      
24 TOTAL VOTES CAST FOR UNITED STATES SENATOR AT THAT                                                                      
25 GENERAL ELECTION OR] has registered voters in the state equal in number                                                 
26 to at least three percent of the total votes cast for United States senator at that                                     
27            general election; or                                                                                         
28 (C)  if neither the office of governor nor the office of United                                                         
29 States senator was on the ballot at the preceding general election, that                                                
30 [NOMINATED A CANDIDATE FOR UNITED STATES                                                                                
31 REPRESENTATIVE WHO RECEIVED AT LEAST THREE PERCENT OF                                                                   
01 THE TOTAL VOTES CAST FOR UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE                                                                   
02 AT THAT GENERAL ELECTION OR] has registered voters in the state equal                                                   
03 in number to at least three percent of the total votes cast for United States                                           
04            representative at that general election;                                                                     
05    * Sec. 54. AS 39.50.020(b) is amended to read:                                                                     
06 (b)  A public official or former public official other than an elected or                                               
07 appointed municipal officer shall file the statement with the Alaska Public Offices                                     
08 Commission. Candidates for the office of governor and lieutenant governor and, if the                                   
09 candidate is not subject to AS 24.60, the legislature shall file the statement under                                    
10 AS 15.25.030 [OR 15.25.180]. Municipal officers, former municipal officers, and                                         
11 candidates for elective municipal office, shall file with the municipal clerk or other                                  
12 municipal official designated to receive their filing for office. All statements required                               
13       to be filed under this chapter are public records.                                                                
14    * Sec. 55. AS 15.13.110(j); AS 15.25.014, 15.25.056, 15.25.110, 15.25.120, 15.25.130,                            
15 15.25.140, 15.25.150, 15.25.160, 15.25.170, 15.25.180, 15.25.185, 15.25.190, 15.25.200;                                 
16 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,                              
17 and 15.40.460 are repealed.                                                                                             
18    * Sec. 56. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to                         
19 read:                                                                                                                   
20 TRANSITION; VOTER EDUCATION AS TO CHANGES MADE TO STATE                                                                 
21 ELECTION SYSTEMS THROUGH ADOPTION OF A TOP TWO NONPARTISAN                                                              
22 PRIMARY. (a) For a period of not less than one full election cycle immediately following the                            
23 effective date of this Act, the director of elections shall, in a manner reasonably calculated to                       
24 educate the public, inform voters of the changes made to the state's election systems in this                           
25 Act.                                                                                                                    
26 (b)  In this section, "election cycle" means the 24-month period commencing on                                          
27 January 1 of odd-numbered years and ending on December 31 of even-numbered years.                                       
28    * Sec. 57. This Act takes effect January 1, 2020.