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Local Option Election


The State Legislature has enacted laws that provide a method for a community to control and impose certain limits on the availability of alcohol in a community. The "local option" laws found in Title 4 of Alaska Statutes and Title 3 of the Alaska Administrative Code provide the method for a municipality or an established village to impose those limits, and require community involvement through the petition and "local option" election process. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board was previously located in Title 13 of the Alaska Administrative Code but that was changed in October 2012. Local option laws are the legal process that results in the common terms of “dry”, “damp”, or “wet”.

The process for adopting a local option varies depending on whether the option is being adopted within the boundaries of an incorporated municipality or in an established village. In the case of an incorporated municipality, a local option election is administered by the municipality in accordance with the municipality's election ordinance, AS 29.26.110-.160, and the procedure spelled out in Title 4 of state statute. In an established village, however, the election is administered by the State of Alaska's Division of Elections in accordance with the State's election procedures found in Title 15 of the Alaska Statutes.

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Revised 4/28/2016