Nonpartisan Top Four Primary Election FAQ
What is a Nonpartisan Top Four primary election?
There will be only one primary ballot, with all candidates regardless of political party or political group affiliation. Voters may cast a vote for one candidate in each race, regardless of the voter’s political affiliation.
Only the four candidates in each race who receive the most votes will advance to the general election. The primary election no longer determines the nominee of a political party or group.
What happens when there are less than four candidates in a race?
All candidates for that race will move onto the general election.
When is the first/next election in which the Nonpartisan Top Four primary election system will be used?
The August 16, 2022 primary election.
Will my registered political affiliation affect who I can vote for?
No. All candidates will be on the same ballot and all voters may vote for anyone, regardless of registration affiliation.
Who can run in the primary election?
Any registered voter who meets the requirements of AS 15.25.030(a) and seeks to become a candidate in the primary election can file a declaration of candidacy. Primary candidates do not need to be a member of a political party or political group.
What happens if a potential candidate misses the filing deadline?
They cannot participate in the primary election, but they can file paperwork to run as a write-in candidate on the general election ballot.
Can a candidate with no party affiliation still run in the general election by petition?
No. Under the new law, the nominating petition process no longer allows for candidates to run in the general election using the nominating petition process. If a candidate did not appear on the primary election ballot or was not successful in advancing to the general election, they may run as an official write-in candidate as long as they file a letter of intent at least 5 days prior to the general election.
Is there a limit as to how many candidates can file for the primary election?
Will there still be a ballot measures only ballot in the primary?
No. With a Nonpartisan primary, ballot measures will appear on the same ballot as the top four primary.