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Organized by the Central Kenai Peninsula League of Women Voters


September 25, 2021 

Email us at lwvak@lwvalaska.org

Welcome to the League of Women Voters Alaska

 

This website is designed to provide papers on the statewide positions of the League of Women Voters Alaska, contact information for local chapters and links to government agencies that may be helpful for Alaska residents.

 

Click on a CITY below to get information about local League of Women Voters organizations. 

Anchorage

League of Women Voters of Anchorage

 

 

 

Juneau

League of Women Voters of Juneau

 

Fairbanks

League of Women Voters of the Tanana Valley

 

 

Kenai

Central Peninsula League of Women Voters

 

 

 

 

 

votingrightsalaska.org

 

 

Anchorage Youth Vote

The ERA and the VRAA

Freedom to Vote Act

The Freedom to Vote Act was introduced by Senator Amy Klobachur earlier in September. The bill replaces the For the People Act and has the following co-sponsors: Senators Tim Kaine, Angus King, Joe Manchin, Jeff Merkely, Alex Padilla, Jon Tester, and Reverend Raphael Warnock.  This bill has many of the features of the original For the People bill, but it does not include the ethics portion of the original.  This bill is the result of much negotiation with bipartisan voices being heard.  However, it may continue to require a revision of the filibuster rules in the Senate to allow passage.  Both of these bills are greatly needed to set basic voting standards in all states. Here are the major features of this bill.  Keep in mind as you read through this description that most of these features are the result of adopting best practices from a variety of states that already have these processes in their state level elections.  These are not new and untested ideas!

 

           I.Voter Access and Election Administration

 

This section includes provisions to advance voter access by implementing reliable state best practices for voter registration and election administration to ensure all Americans can easily exercise their freedom to vote regardless of where they live.

 

Automatic Voter Registration and Online Voter Registration: Enacts an automatic voter registration system for each state through the state’s motor vehicle agency and ensures voters in all states have access to online voter registration.
Election Day Holiday: Makes Election Day a public holiday.
Uniform Early Voting: Ensures voters have access to at least 15 consecutive days of early voting for federal elections, including two weekends, while accommodating small election jurisdictions and vote-by-mail jurisdictions.
Same Day Voter Registration: Ensures every state offers same day registration at a limited number of locations for the 2022 elections and at all polling locations by 2024, allowing election officials, especially in rural areas, time to implement the new requirements.
Federal Minimum Standards on Vote by Mail and Drop Boxes: Ensures all voters can request a mail-in ballot, improves the delivery of election mail, and puts in place minimum standards to ensure drop boxes are available and accessible to all voters.
Strengthens Voter List Maintenance Standards: Requires that the removal of voters from the rolls is done on the basis of reliable and objective evidence and prohibits the use of returned mail sent by third parties to remove voters.
Counting of Provisional Ballots: Requires provisional ballots to count for all eligible races within a county, regardless of the precinct they were cast in.
Standards for Voter Identification: Promotes voter confidence and access by requiring a uniform national standard for states that requires identification for in-person voting, and allowing voters to present a broad set of identification cards and documents in hard copy and digital form.
Voting Rights Restoration for Returning Citizens: Restores the right to vote in federal elections for people who have served their time for felony convictions after they are released from prison.
Expanded Voting Access Protections for the Disabled, Native Americans, Military, Overseas Voters, and Underserved Communities: Includes targeted protections to promote accessible voting to communities facing unique challenges.

 

              II.     Election Integrity

 

This section includes measures to promote confidence in elections, stop partisan election subversion, and protect against election interference, both foreign and domestic.

 

Preventing State Election Subversion: Establishes federal protections to insulate nonpartisan state and local officials who administer federal elections from undue partisan interference or control.
Protection of Election Records, Election Infrastructure, and Ballot Tabulation: Strengthens protections for federal election records and election infrastructure in order to protect the integrity and security of ballots and voting systems.
Voter-Verified Paper Ballots, Reliable Audits, and Voting System Upgrades: Requires states to use voting systems that use paper ballots that can be verified by voters and to implement reliable post-election audits. Also provides grants for states to purchase new and more secure voting systems and make cybersecurity improvements.
Non-Partisan Election Official Recruitment and Training: Tasks the Election Assistance Commission with developing model training programs to recruit a new generation of election workers and provides dedicated grants for training and recruitment.
Comprehensive Voting System Security Protections: Puts in place election vendor cybersecurity standards, including standards for manufacturing and assembling voting machines, among other key security measures.
Establishing Duty to Report Foreign Election Interference: Creates a reporting requirement for federal campaigns to disclose certain foreign contacts.

 

            III.     Civic Participation and Empowerment

 

This section includes provisions to prevent partisan manipulation of the redistricting process, establishes uniform disclosure standards for money in politics, and empowers states to make critical investments in their election systems.

 

Non-Partisan Redistricting Reform and Banning Partisan Gerrymandering: Requires states to abide by specific criteria for congressional redistricting and makes judicial remedies available for states’ failure to comply. Allows states to choose how to develop redistricting plans, including the option of having an independent redistricting commission.
Combatting Secret Money and Election Interference (DISCLOSE Act and Honest Ads Act): Requires super PACs, 501(c)(4) groups, and other organizations spending money in elections to disclose donors and shuts down the use of transfers between organizations to cloak the identity of contributors. Ensures that political ads sold online have the same transparency and disclosure requirements as ads sold on TV, radio, and satellite.
State Election Assistance and Innovation Fund: Establishes a self-sustaining fund to finance critical investments in state-led innovations for our democracy and election infrastructure. The fund is financed through an additional assessment paid on federal fines, penalties, and settlements for certain tax crimes and corporate malfeasance. States would be allotted an annual distribution for eligible democracy and election-related investments. States could select to access their full distribution or a partial distribution, or roll over their distribution for future use.
Nonpartisan Oversight of Federal Election Law: Improves the ability of the Federal Election Commission to carry out oversight and enforcement responsibilities.
Stopping Illicit Super PAC Coordination: Creates “coordinated spender” category to ensure single-candidate super PACs do not operate as arms of campaigns.

 

 

Please contact your Senators (U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121) and ask them to support these two bills.  Or find their email contact information at Senate.gov; check the upper left hand corner and find Alaska.

 

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Freedom to Vote Act synopsis
210925_ FreedomtoVoteAct.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [184.9 KB]
By Free-Photos from Pixabay

For the People Act 

This bill addresses three areas that can strengthen our democracy:

 

** VOTING RIGHTS AND ACCESS TO THE BALLOT BOX FOR ALL ELIGIBLE CITIZENS --  Should political parties at the state level be allowed to fashion voting laws that make it more difficult for some groups of voters to vote?

 

** CAMPAIGN FINANCE TRANSPARENCY -- Should voters know who the big donors are in an election?

 

** GOVERNMENT ETHICS -- Should the Supreme Court of the United States operate under a code of ethics as do all other federal courts?

 

Read more here.

Introduction to the For the People Act

210705_IntroForthePeople.pdf
 

Here's a summary of the bill by the LWVUS.

Summary of the For the People Act by LWV of the United States

210705_SummaryFTPA.pdf
 

There's a lot of disinformation and misinformation swirling around the landmark legislation. The Brennan Center for Justice has an "explainer" article to set the record straight.​

Click here to read, "The For the People Act:  Separating Fact from Fiction." 

 

The For the People Act would transform our democracy by making it fairier, stronger, and more inclusive. Read about the key provisions of this historic bill.

Annotated Guide to the For the People Act of 2021.

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ERA

Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. --Section 1 of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).

The ERA - Some history, Why this is important, Resources for more information.
AERAInfoWeb.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [52.8 KB]

 

Download
19th Amendment - Community Perspective by Sue Sherif in Fairbanks Daily News Miner 8/30/2020
Sue Sherif 19th amendment FDNM.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [87.7 KB]
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John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

The US House of Representatives passed H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA), on December 6, 2019, by a bi-partisan vote. A full victory will come when the US Senate passes the John Lewis VRAA and we can have free and fair elections that build the representative democracy

America deserves. 

 

 VRAA Information
VRAAInfoWeb.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [53.4 KB]

 

 

Sen. Murkowski Press Release
MurkowskiPressRelVRAA.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [58.1 KB]

 

 

The Freedom to Vote Act was introduced by Senator Amy Klobachur earlier in September. The bill replaces the For the People Act and has the following co-sponsors: Senators Tim Kaine, Angus King, Joe Manchin, Jeff Merkely, Alex Padilla, Jon Tester, and Reverend Raphael Warnock.  This bill has many of the features of the original For the People bill, but it does not include the ethics portion of the original.  This bill is the result of much negotiation with bipartisan voices being heard.  However, it may continue to require a revision of the filibuster rules in the Senate to allow passage.  Both of these bills are greatly needed to set basic voting standards in all states. Here are the major features of this bill.  Keep in mind as you read through this description that most of these features are the result of adopting best practices from a variety of states that already have these processes in their state level elections.  These are not new and untested ideas!

 

 I.Voter Access and Election Administration

 

This section includes provisions to advance voter access by implementing reliable state best practices for voter registration and election administration to ensure all Americans can easily exercise their freedom to vote regardless of where they live.

 

  • Automatic Voter Registration and Online Voter Registration: Enacts an automatic voter registration system for each state through the state’s motor vehicle agency and ensures voters in all states have access to online voter registration.
  • Election Day Holiday: Makes Election Day a public holiday.
  • Uniform Early Voting: Ensures voters have access to at least 15 consecutive days of early voting for federal elections, including two weekends, while accommodating small election jurisdictions and vote-by-mail jurisdictions.
  • Same Day Voter Registration: Ensures every state offers same day registration at a limited number of locations for the 2022 elections and at all polling locations by 2024, allowing election officials, especially in rural areas, time to implement the new requirements.
  • Federal Minimum Standards on Vote by Mail and Drop Boxes: Ensures all voters can request a mail-in ballot, improves the delivery of election mail, and puts in place minimum standards to ensure drop boxes are available and accessible to all voters.
  • Strengthens Voter List Maintenance Standards: Requires that the removal of voters from the rolls is done on the basis of reliable and objective evidence and prohibits the use of returned mail sent by third parties to remove voters.
  • Counting of Provisional Ballots: Requires provisional ballots to count for all eligible races within a county, regardless of the precinct they were cast in.
  • Standards for Voter Identification: Promotes voter confidence and access by requiring a uniform national standard for states that requires identification for in-person voting, and allowing voters to present a broad set of identification cards and documents in hard copy and digital form.
  • Voting Rights Restoration for Returning Citizens: Restores the right to vote in federal elections for people who have served their time for felony convictions after they are released from prison.
  • Expanded Voting Access Protections for the Disabled, Native Americans, Military, Overseas Voters, and Underserved Communities: Includes targeted protections to promote accessible voting to communities facing unique challenges.

 

              II.     Election Integrity

 

This section includes measures to promote confidence in elections, stop partisan election subversion, and protect against election interference, both foreign and domestic.

 

  • Preventing State Election Subversion: Establishes federal protections to insulate nonpartisan state and local officials who administer federal elections from undue partisan interference or control.
  • Protection of Election Records, Election Infrastructure, and Ballot Tabulation: Strengthens protections for federal election records and election infrastructure in order to protect the integrity and security of ballots and voting systems.
  • Voter-Verified Paper Ballots, Reliable Audits, and Voting System Upgrades: Requires states to use voting systems that use paper ballots that can be verified by voters and to implement reliable post-election audits. Also provides grants for states to purchase new and more secure voting systems and make cybersecurity improvements.
  • Non-Partisan Election Official Recruitment and Training: Tasks the Election Assistance Commission with developing model training programs to recruit a new generation of election workers and provides dedicated grants for training and recruitment.
  • Comprehensive Voting System Security Protections: Puts in place election vendor cybersecurity standards, including standards for manufacturing and assembling voting machines, among other key security measures.
  • Establishing Duty to Report Foreign Election Interference: Creates a reporting requirement for federal campaigns to disclose certain foreign contacts.

 

            III.     Civic Participation and Empowerment

 

This section includes provisions to prevent partisan manipulation of the redistricting process, establishes uniform disclosure standards for money in politics, and empowers states to make critical investments in their election systems.

 

  • Non-Partisan Redistricting Reform and Banning Partisan Gerrymandering: Requires states to abide by specific criteria for congressional redistricting and makes judicial remedies available for states’ failure to comply. Allows states to choose how to develop redistricting plans, including the option of having an independent redistricting commission.
  • Combatting Secret Money and Election Interference (DISCLOSE Act and Honest Ads Act): Requires super PACs, 501(c)(4) groups, and other organizations spending money in elections to disclose donors and shuts down the use of transfers between organizations to cloak the identity of contributors. Ensures that political ads sold online have the same transparency and disclosure requirements as ads sold on TV, radio, and satellite.
  • State Election Assistance and Innovation Fund: Establishes a self-sustaining fund to finance critical investments in state-led innovations for our democracy and election infrastructure. The fund is financed through an additional assessment paid on federal fines, penalties, and settlements for certain tax crimes and corporate malfeasance. States would be allotted an annual distribution for eligible democracy and election-related investments. States could select to access their full distribution or a partial distribution, or roll over their distribution for future use.
  • Nonpartisan Oversight of Federal Election Law: Improves the ability of the Federal Election Commission to carry out oversight and enforcement responsibilities.
  • Stopping Illicit Super PAC Coordination: Creates “coordinated spender” category to ensure single-candidate super PACs do not operate as arms of campaigns.

 

 

Please contact your Senators (U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121) and ask them to support these two bills.  Or find their email contact information at Senate.gov; check the upper left hand corner and find Alaska.

LWV Alaska Statement Concerning
the 2020 General Election

 

December 12, 2020

 

STATEMENT CONCERNING THE 2020 GENERAL ELECTION

 

The League of Women Voters of Alaska wishes to thank the Alaska Division of Elections for a successful General Election.  The success of this election during a difficult pandemic was due in part to Director Gail Fenumiai, the four Regional Election Supervisors, and the Division employees who did a formidable job of training volunteers and making sure that all precincts had the supplies needed and the safest work environment possible. In addition, the election process requires a small army of citizens dedicated to the notion that a free and fair election is necessary in a democracy.  Fortunately Alaska has many such citizens who volunteered to work in the election day precinct locations, the early vote stations, and behind the scenes to prepare materials for the election, to check in and verify mailed-in ballots,  and to assist in the counting and the recounting of ballots when required.  In spite of the pandemic, the Division of Elections was able to hold a free and fair election thanks to the many dedicated citizens involved.

 

Unfortunately we have heard lately claims of election fraud.  However, what most citizens who have never worked on an election don't see is the amount of effort that goes into an election to assure that votes are legally cast and that fraud is nonexistent.  For those who fear that fraud might be happening, the best cure is to volunteer for the next election in your area and learn more about the safeguards in place.

 

This year the League of Women Voters is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote.  The LWV grew out of that effort with the determination to make democracy work for all citizens and today advocates for policies that have the potential to strengthen our democracy.  League members, both men and women, continue to work toward a strong democracy for all citizens.

 

Judy Andree, President

Introduction to the For the People Act
210705_IntroForthePeople.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [39.2 KB]
Summary of the For the People Act by LWV of the United States
210705_SummaryFTPA.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [79.4 KB]
Finish the Ballot
Op-Ed - Finish the Ballot - Bud Carpenet[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [106.1 KB]
2020 General Election Voters Guide - US House and Senate
2020GenElectionVG.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [276.3 KB]
2020 Voters Guide - Reponses from US House of Representatives Candidates
2020 VG RESPHouseforLWVAK.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [126.7 KB]
2020 Voters Guide - Senate Responses to LWVAK
2020_SenRespforLWVAk.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [218.8 KB]
Women's March Speech by Bridget Smith - January 18th, 2020
Womens_March_Speech_01_18_20.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [200.9 KB]
2020 Census Handout
Census_Handout_WomensMarch.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [136.7 KB]
Statement in Response to the Murder of George Floyd
FinalDraftGeoFloydDeath.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [45.4 KB]
LWVAK Climate Emergency Resolution
FINALLWVAK ClimateEmergencyResolution.pd[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [65.1 KB]
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policy of the League of Women Voters of Alaska
FinalLWVAKDEIPolicy.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [40.3 KB]
The ERA - Some history, Why is this important, Resources for more
AERAInfoWeb.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [52.8 KB]
VRAA Information
VRAAInfoWeb.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [53.4 KB]
Sen. Murkowski Press Release
MurkowskiPressRelVRAA.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [58.1 KB]
Voting_Pandemic_flyer.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [246.6 KB]
Voting in Alaska during the pandemic
Voting_Pandemic_flyer.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [246.6 KB]
19th Amendment - Community Perspective by Sue Sherif in Fairbanks Daily News Miner 8/30/2020
Sue Sherif 19th amendment FDNM.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [87.7 KB]

State Board Members

Judy Andree, President
(Juneau) 2022

Shari George, Vice-President
(Tanana Valley) 2022

Sandy Garity, Secretary
(Central Kenai Peninsula) 2022

Shirley Pittz, Treasurer
(Anchorage) 2023
Pat Redmond, Past-President
(Anchorage) 2022

Directors

Carol Dickason

(Anchorage) 2022

Gayle Garrigues

(Tanana Valley) 2023

Carrie Henson 

(Central Kenai Peninsula) 2022

Marianne Mills

(Juneau) 2022

Cathleen Rolph

(Central Kenai Peninsula) 2023

Sue Sherif

(Tanana Valley) 2022

Local League Presidents

Shirley Pittz

(President, - LWV of Anchorage) 2022

Carrie Henson
(President, Central Kenai Peninsula League of Women Voters) 2022

Sue Sherif
(President, LWV of Tanana Valley) 2022

Kirsa Hughes-Skandjis

(President LWV of Juneau) 2022

Register to Vote

If you are a U.S. citizen and you are at least 18 years old, you can vote. In most states, before you can vote you need to register. Registration must be completed 30 days before Election Day.

 

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Register to Vote now! Make sure you fill out the form completely; then print, sign, and mail it to the address given.

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