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Report: candidate filing requirements for 2022 election season

Published: Nov. 18, 2021 at 5:04 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Fundraisers, debates and commercials are the most visible part of a campaign, but behind those are other hoops a candidate must jump through in order to run for public office.

According to Tiffany Montemayor, Public Relations Manager with the Alaska Division of Elections (DOE), candidates must file to run for office with both the DOE and the Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC), which handles financial disclosures.

Candidates must file with APOC before they file with Elections. On the DOE website, prospective candidates are provided a packet. “That packet is, it’s seven pages, and only one of those is actually what gets returned to us,” Montemayor said. “The rest of it is more information for the candidate and a cover page.”

Each public office has its own set of qualifications.

In Alaska, the Governor and Lieutenant Governor must be at least 30 years old and be both a citizen of the U.S. and a resident of Alaska for 7 years.

To be a state senator or representative, a candidate must be an Alaskan resident for three years, and have lived in their district for 1 year.

State representatives must be 21 years old, and state senators must be 25 years old.

The implementation of a new system of voting has changed a few things about how the 2022 election will be run.

For instance, according to Montemayor, “The Governor and Lieutenant Governor have to file together, and that’s different from before. So now you have to file together and run together in the primary, instead of running separately in the primary and then getting paired together based on, from within that certain party, who got first and second place, basically.”

Also, petition candidates will no longer appear on the general election ballot. “The only way to appear on the general election ballot is if you ran in the primary and you were in the top-4 that advanced on,” Montemayor said.

When filing to run, candidates can choose how they’re affiliated. They can also choose to run as undeclared or non-partisan.

The deadline for candidates to file for state or national office is 5:00 p.m. on June 1st of 2022.

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