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Important Dates

 

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 pmEarly Voting ends at Shopper’s Forum
 

Oct. 5, 2020 Noon - deadline for vote by Electronic Absentee Ballot Applications
 

Oct. 5, 2020 5:00 pmIn 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).

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

 

 

 

Local Municipal Election

Different Ways to Vote

 

 

 

 

  • Early Voting – You physically go into a voting booth to cast your ballot. Early voting is available at Shoppers Forum (1255 Airport Way, Unit 5, Fairbanks), NOT at any of the Clerks’ Offices. Your ballot is counted on Election Day for unofficial results. The Canvass Board meets the day following the election to canvass all election returns.
  • Absentee Voting - There are three types of Absentee voting:  In Person, By Mail and By Electronic means. The Canvass Board has until the Tuesday following Election Day to determine all properly voted ballots for counting.
    • In Person AbsenteeYou do NOT need to apply for an absentee ballot to vote In Person Absentee and no ballot is sent/emailed/faxed to you. You may vote In Person Absentee at the City of North Pole and the City of Fairbanks Clerks’ Offices or at the City of Fairbanks outside voting trailer. The FNSB has a drive-by option at the front portico of the Juanita Helms Administrative Center. Once at the FNSB drive in site, you will call the Clerk’s Office and a staff member will bring you a ballot, wait for you to vote and then return the ballot to the Clerk’s Office.
    • By Mail Absentee – You do not go into a voting booth. You must apply for a By Mail Absentee ballot (directions below). A ballot is mailed to you. After filling out the ballot, you can mail it using the USPS, deliver it inside to one of the Clerk’s Offices or deliver it to the outside voting trailer at the City of Fairbanks. Neither City nor Borough staff will come out to your vehicle to pick it up.
    • By Electronic Means Absentee - You do not go into a voting booth. You must apply for an Electronic Absentee ballot (directions below). A ballot is emailed or faxed to you. If you received your ballot by email, you print the ballot, complete it, scan the completed ballot, and email it back to the FNSB Clerk’s Office. If you received your ballot by fax, you must fax it back to the FNSB Clerk’s Office after completing it.
  • Election Day Voting in person. Find your Polling locations or call 1-888-383-8683.


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 (clerks@fnsb.us). 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.

October 16, 2020           7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Livestreamed on KUAC FM 89.9 

Interior Alaska Senate and House LWVTV Candidates Forum  

Candidates for Sen. B & House 01, 02, 03, 04, 05 & 06

LWV Alaska endorses Ballot Measure 2

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.

LWV Alaska Endorsement of Ballot Measure 2
ALWVAKEndorsement statement (2).pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [126.0 KB]
Full text of Ballot Measure 2 19AKBE
The first 1-1/2 pages describe the goals of the initiative. The remaining pages present all the changes that would be required to state statutes so they are transparent to everyone.
Alaska_Elections_Initiative_(2020 full [...]
Adobe Acrobat document [1.9 MB]
Sectional analysis with annotation by Gayle Garrigues
Sectional analysis of changes to statutes required if the Ballot Initiative passes is below as a pdf which you can download to read. The original analysis was provided by proponents of the initiative. LWVTV Board member and attorney, Gayle Garrigues, took on a review of that analysis and has provided annotation. Gayle's quick summary is:
1. elections, through the RCV system will result in the winner receiving 50%=1 of the votes
2. the gov and Lt gov candidates will run as teams in the primary
3. it is VERY hostile to parties
4. in some cases it adds an election, a special primary election
5. for no-party candidates the threshold of a petition with 1% of the votes case is eliminated.
Ballot Initiative 2 annotated sectional [...]
Adobe Acrobat document [334.7 KB]
Whitepaper on Ballot 2 by Vote Yes on 2
Analysis of how this ballot initiative address goals of the LWV. Written by proponents of the initiative.
LWV - Whitepaper1 on Alaska Better Elect[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [252.5 KB]

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) - LWVUS webinars

October 22

 

November 19

 

All DEI webinars are scheduled for 7pm ET. 

 

Register for upcoming webinars and listen to earlier discussions.

 

Check out other League resources on DEI

 

Image attribution:  Equity, diversity inclusion by quinn.anya licensed under CC BY-SA-20

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.

 

Visit the LWV Alaska site here to learn more.

 

See the LWVUS ERA Toolkit

John Lewis VRAA

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.

If these issues are important to you, write to your Senators, talk to your friends, write letters to the editors, post Facebook posts, and Tweet your support!

For the ERA (S.J.Res 6) and VRAA (S. 561), please write to Senator Lisa Murkowski and thank her for her support of these bills.  And, specifically — write, call or email  Senator Dan Sullivan to encourage him to support both of these. 

August 8

Salt by Mark Kurlansky

 

September 12

Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson

 

October 10

Give Us the Ballot by by Ari Berman

 

November 14

Fascism by Madeline Albright

 

December

No Book Discussion

 

January 9

What It Means to be White and White Fragility

both written by Robin DiAngelo

 

February 13

North To the Night by Alvah Simon

 

Book Club   2020 - 2021

March 13

How the Post Office Created America by Winifred Gallagher

 

April 10

Fate of Food: What We'll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World by Amanda Little

 

May 8

Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan

 

June 12

Book Selection for 2021-2022

 

July 10

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari and The Rightous Mind by Jonathan Haidt

Recent Activities - check out what happened

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.

Spring 2020 Hot Topics - Postponed for now

Noel Wien Library Auditorium Closed 

 Ranked Choice Voting & the Alaska Better Elections Initiative

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:

  • End "Dark Money" in Alaska Elections
  • Open Our Primaries to All Alaskan Voters
  • Form Ranked Choice Voting Elections

Do you know how Ranked Choice Voting works? Let's talk about it and give it a try.

Alaska Revenue Recap and the Oil Tax Initiative

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.

 Let's Talk Trash - Recycling in the FNSB

Hear our panel and ask questions. Experts from Alaska Waste, Green Star, the Borough and Costco will give us insight and talk about how it works and the future. The 50th anniversary of Earth Day is on April 22; let's do all we can to help our planet.

Meet the Legislators

LWVTV arranged opportunites for small groups of members to meet with Alaska State Legislators prior to the opening of the legislative session on January 21. All meetings except with Rep. Wilson were at the LIO. We met Rep. Wilson at her North Pole office.

 

Sen. Click Bishop - Dec. 11, 1:00

Rep. Adam Wool - Dec. 16, 3:30

Rep. Grier Hopkins - Dec. 16, 4:00

Rep. Bart LeBon - Dec. 18, 11:30

Sen. John Coghill - Dec. 19, 9:00

Sen. Scott Kawasaki - Dec 19, 9:45

Rep. Tammie Wilson - Dec 19, 4:00

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State Board Members

Judy Andree, President
(Juneau) 2021

Vice-President
Vacant

Sandy Garity, Secretary
(Central Kenai Peninsula) 2022

Shirley Pittz, Treasurer
(Anchorage) 2021
Pat Redmond, Past-President
(Anchorage) 2021

Directors

Mary Lee Guthrie

(Tanana Valley) 2021

Carrie Henson 

(Central Kenai Peninsula) 2022

Marianne Mills

(Juneau) 2022

Cathleen Rolph

(Central Kenai Peninsula) 2021

Local League Presidents

Margaret McDonagh

(President, - LWV of Anchorage) 2020

Lois Pillifant
(President,  Central Kenai Peninsula League of Women Voters) 2020

Shari George
(President, LWV of Tanana Valley) 2021

Kirsa Hughes-Skandjis & Judith Mitchell (Co-Presidents LWV of Juneau) 2021

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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