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See the section below the dates to understand the difference among Early Voting, In person Absentee and By Mail or Electronic Absentee voting and where you can vote.
Sept. 21, 2020 8:00 am – In Person Absentee Voting begins. You do NOT need to apply for an absentee ballot to vote In Person absentee.
Sept. 21, 2020 9:00 am Mon - Sat, 10:00 am on Sunday – Early Voting begins at Shopper’s Forum (1255 Airport Way, Fairbanks). Check the Borough Clerk’s website for hours.
Sept. 29, 2020 5:00 pm - deadline for vote By Mail Absentee Ballot Applications
October 1, 2020 6:00 pm – Early Voting ends at Shopper’s Forum
Oct. 5, 2020 Noon - deadline for vote by Electronic Absentee Ballot Applications
Oct. 5, 2020 5:00 pm – In Person Absentee Voting ends (You do NOT need to apply for an
absentee ballot to vote absentee in person)
Oct. 6, 2020 7:00 am - 8:00 pm - Regular Municipal Election Day. Go to your polling location. Find your polling location at Polling locations or call 1-888-383-8683. You may also vote a questioned ballot at any polling location that is not your own. Mail-in Absentee ballots MUST BE POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN OCTOBER 6 and must be received by the Borough Clerk’s Office by no later than the Tuesday following Election Day.
For the most current official information visit or call the Clerk Offices at
City of Fairbanks 459-6702
City of North Pole 488-8583
Fairbanks North Star Borough 459-1401
Like to listen to the LWVTV Municipal Candidates Forum and hear the candidates repsonses to our questions before you vote? Click here to go to KUAC's website and listen to the recording (note that the last short answer question and lightning round questions for the City of Fairbanks City Council were not captured).
Local Municipal Election
Different Ways to Vote
For a Municipal Absentee ballot application please click HERE to print off and sign a 2020 Fairbanks North Star Borough Absentee Ballot Application and return it before September 29th. Completed Absentee Ballot Applications can be submitted by mail (PO Box 71267 Fairbanks AK 99707-1267), fax (907-459-1224) or email (email@example.com). If you submit your application by email, be sure to request confirmation that your application has been received. Call the borough clerk’s office at 907-459-1401 for additional information about all the ways to vote. Please remember -- if you requested an absentee ballot for the Primary and/or General Elections to the State of Alaska YOU WILL NOT GET A MUNICIPAL ABSENTEE BALLOT AUTOMATICALLY. They are different systems; YOU MUST APPLY SEPARATELY FOR BOTH.
Ballot Measure 2 - Alaskans for Better Elections
The goals are to address transparency in campaign financing (Dark Money), an Open Primary and Ranked Choice Voting. To learn more about Ballot Measure 2 here are some resources:
Testimony to State of Alaska House Affairs Committee by proponents and opponents on June 30, 2020. Pros and cons are offered by each side as well as rebuttals.
Webinar on Dark Money offered by Alaskans for Better Elections.The issue is the nondisclosure of large sums of money, money that continues to flow into Alaskan elections in increasing amounts, a problem for all states. It requires careful listening but it is worth the time Paula De Lalarro is a panelist from Anchorage with much experience in APOC and talks about disclosure or nondisclosure of campaign finance funding in Alaska. Catie Kelley started working at the FEC right after Citizens United and saw a gridlocked FEC that did not provide enough guidance to the crafting of laws that demanded disclosure of the influx of money that followed Citizens United. Jeff Clements is a panelist who wishes to advocate for an Amendment to undo Citizens United and is encouraged to see states attempting to improve finance transparency. Jay Costa is from a group called Voters' Right to Know whose purpose is to make campaign financing transparent so that every dollar is accounted for down to the original donor rather than a shell company or patriotic-sounding organization name. Jim Rubens from N. Hampshire, a former senator, tells about an election in N.H. in which 95% of the 132 million spent came from out of state. Jackson Blackwell moderates the discussion for ABE.
Yes on 2 for Better Elections - website of campaign to get Ballot 2 passed. There is a pretty good little video on now ranked choice voting works.
All DEI webinars are scheduled for 7pm ET.
Check out other League resources on DEI
Image attribution: Equity, diversity inclusion by quinn.anya licensed under CC BY-SA-20
The US House of Representatives passed H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act, on December 6, 2019, by a bi-partisan vote. A full victory will come when the US Senate passes the VRAA and we can have free and fair elections that build the representative democracy America deserves.
Visit the LWV Alaska site to learn more.
Follow the LWVUS Blog on the John Lewis VRAA with words from LWVAK president, Judy Andree.
Salt by Mark Kurlansky
Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson
Give Us the Ballot by by Ari Berman
Fascism by Madeline Albright
No Book Discussion
What It Means to be White and White Fragility
both written by Robin DiAngelo
North To the Night by Alvah Simon
How the Post Office Created America by Winifred Gallagher
Fate of Food: What We'll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World by Amanda Little
Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan
Book Selection for 2021-2022
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari and The Rightous Mind by Jonathan Haidt
News Desert: Why Local Journalism Matters
A Free Public Webinar
September 22, 2020 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Zoom and Facebook Live
More than 80 participants joined Dermot Cole (reporter, columnist and author), Virginia Farmier (Sneden Foundation) and Melissa Harter (Director of the FNSB Public Library) for a lively and enlightening webinar on the scary place local journalism is in today, the perils and effects of mis- and disinformation and some potential ways forward. There were many questions posed to the panelists by attendees on Zoom, Facebook and the phone. The webinar was hosted by the LWVTV and the Fairbanks Branch AAUW.
A recording of the webinar is here.
LWVTV submits letter of support to adopt Fairbanks North Star Borough Resolution 2020-29
The resolution was in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, and civil rights for all people, notably those individuals from historically marginalized groups.
The resolution passed unanimously after amendments.
Noel Wien Library Auditorium Closed
A ballot measure to create nonpartisan primaries and ranked-choice voting in Alaska is collecting signatures for this fall's election. The stated goals of the initiative are to:
Do you know how Ranked Choice Voting works? Let's talk about it and give it a try.
One of the functions of government is to provide services. Services cost money and take people. Opinions on the PFD diverge. The numbers show we cannot cut our way to a balanced budget and provide the services needed for a modern society. The end of our savings is in sight. What to do? Let's talk about the revenue stream for Alaska's future.
Gunnar Knapp's Alaska Fiscal Facts and Choices (from 2018)
Judy Andree, President
Sandy Garity, Secretary
(Central Kenai Peninsula) 2022
Shirley Pittz, Treasurer
Pat Redmond, Past-President
Mary Lee Guthrie
(Tanana Valley) 2021
(Central Kenai Peninsula) 2022
(Central Kenai Peninsula) 2021
(President, - LWV of Anchorage) 2020
(President, Central Kenai Peninsula League of Women Voters) 2020
(President, LWV of Tanana Valley) 2021
Kirsa Hughes-Skandjis & Judith Mitchell (Co-Presidents LWV of Juneau) 2021
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