According to a new study released by Judicial Watch, Alaska’s voter registration rate exceeds 100% of eligible voters. The study compares the most recent Citizen Voting Age Population numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau to Alaska’s actual number of registered voters as of last month.

The number shows that while the voting age population was just 530,385 Alaskans in 2018, the total number of registered voters in 2020 is 590,422. That’s 60,037 more registered voters than the voting age population in the state.

The national study found eight states showing state-wide registration rates exceeding 100%, but none were as high as Alaska. Other states with excessive voter rolls were Colorado, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Vermont. Additionally, the study found that 353 U.S. counties in 29 states had bloated voter rolls.

The September 2020 study collected the most recent registration data posted online by the various states themselves. This data was then compared to the Census Bureau’s most recent five-year population estimates, gathered by the American Community Survey from 2014 through 2018. These surveys are sent to 3.5 million addresses each month, and its five-year estimates are considered to be the most reliable estimates outside of the decennial census.

Judicial Watch’s latest study was limited to the 37 states that post regular updates to their registration data.

The data highlights the recklessness of mailing blindly ballots and ballot applications to voter registration lists.

“Certain state voter registration lists may also be even larger than reported, because they may have excluded ‘inactive voters’ from their data,” the report states. “Inactive voters, who may have moved elsewhere, are still registered voters and may show up and vote on election day and/or request mail-in ballots.”

The non-profit Judicial Watch uses voter registration studies to warn states that they are failing to comply with the requirements of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, which mandates that states make reasonable efforts to clean their voter rolls. Judicial Watch has sued to enforce compliance with federal law.

 “The new study shows 1.8 million excess, or ‘ghost’ voters in 353 counties across 29 states,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The data highlights the recklessness of mailing blindly ballots and ballot applications to voter registration lists. Dirty voting rolls can mean dirty elections.”


Alaska: Statewide (111%)

Michigan: Statewide (105%)

Colorado: Statewide (102%)

Maryland: Statewide (102%)

New Jersey: Statewide (102%)

Maine: Statewide (101%)

Rhode Island: Statewide (101%)

Vermont: Statewide (100%)

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Alaska’s bloated voter rolls at 111% according to new Judicial Watch study

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Cindy B says:

    Do they pay for a postal return receipt when they send out the absentee application? I think that would solve part of the problem. I’ve gone door to door in the past and many, many voters are not the registered voter at the home addresses on the walking list. What’s the solution? As a business person who has engaged in direct mail, I can tell you, it’s never ending and expensive to keep mailing list updated. What’s the solution? Do you really think we have voter fraud in Alaska. I don’t and with the budget shortfalls, one must figure out how to correct this in our ever transitioning population.

  • Barbara says:

    Have you confirmed this information with the Alaska Division of Elections. The numbers you assert seem implausible. It would be good for you to contact Gail Fenumiai to ask about this.

  • Mr. Rhitwing says:

    Registering to vote is evidence that you are entitled to a PFD check. If you abolish that program the voting rolls will go down fast.

    • Lobomalo says:

      The issue isn’t registering to vote.. The issue is voter rolls that haven’t been thoroughly audited, and cleaned up.. There have been documented investigations, and findings of bloated voter rolls all over the country for many years now, and that doesn’t seem to ring many bells. It isn’t easy, but it is a job that is required under U.S. statutes, and is funded by tax payer dollars… This isn’t anything new, but the so called news networks find it inconvenient.

  • herb says:

    Just as bloated as our phony population statistics.

  • Tara says:

    This is meaningless. There is no conspiracy here. The disconnect in the numbers is due to the presence of inactive voters on our voter rolls. Every jurisdiction has this phenomenon. Occasionally, a jurisdiction will go in and clean up the voter rolls–but there really isn’t much benefit to doing this. It doesn’t help mitigate voter fraud because voter fraud is already vanishingly rare.

    • Lobomalo says:

      I didn’t see any suggestion in the report of conspiracy..Also, just because one is an inactive voter doesn’t mean they aren’t “eligible” to vote.. If they are counted on the rolls, that isn’t an error regarding “eligible” voter numbers.. What is an error, is counting “eligible” voters that do not exist. While voter fraud may not be a large issue in Alaska, it is not a “vanishingly rare” crime across the nation, as a whole.. If one depends upon the news networks for that information, one may indeed, be led to believe it is almost non-existent.