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LWV of Tanana Valley Annual Meeting

Saturday, May 20

11:30 am - 2:00 pm

IBEW Meeting Room, 2000 Airport Way,

and on Zoom

Click here to listen to a recording of the "Mining in Our Backyard" hot topic forum.

There were many questions from the audience at the in-person event. Those questions are compiled below. The questions have been provided to the panelists.

Audience Questions from the Mining in Our Backyard Forum held on March 30, 2023
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Hot Topics Forum:  Mining in Our Backyard    

Thursday, March 3 7:00 - 9:00 PM at    Schaible Aud.          University of Alaska Fairbanks and broadcast live by KUAC-FM 89.9

Fairbanks has long been a mining center of the Interior from the days of the original gold panners to our large-scaled modern, mechanized operations. What is the impact of mining on our local economy and our daily lives? Join us for a discussion of the role of modern mining exploration and operations in our borough.


Confirmed speakers include representatives from the Alaska Mining Association, the Institute of Social and Economic Research, UAA, the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, the Fairbanks North Star Borough Planning Department, Save Our Domes, and Advocates for Safe Alaska Highways. 


Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Tanana Valley, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and KUAC-FM.


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GO Winter! Expo 

October 21 - 22, 2022


Thanks to everyone who participated in LWV's practice ranked choice voting demonstration at the Go Winter! Expo. We offered voter information and voters ranked their preferences for favorite winter activity:  dog mushing, sledding, hockey and cross country skiing.  
Among kids, the clear winner was dog mushing with 2/3 of votes in the first round.  Because one option had a majority of votes (50% + 1 vote) in the first round, there was no need to further process ballots.
Among adults, there was an exact 50/50 split between the top two candidates, dog mushing and sledding.  In an actual election, Alaska law states that the winner will be selected by coin toss.  Similarly, if the ranked choice voting process were used and any round had a tie for least popular candidate, a coin toss would be used to determine which candidate continues to the next round.
The Alaska Division of Elections website,, has many helpful resources to explain ranked choice voting if you'd like to learn more.


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Register Wolfpack Students

September 28, 2022


Members Shari George and Martha Raynolds registered students to vote at West Valley High School. There are students who will be old enough to vote in November and can register in time but miss the PFD automatic registration.  Lots of energy at the school!  It was also the same day as their School Board Candidate Forum which is available here.

2022 Municipal Candidate Pamphlet produced by Clerks of the FNSB, City of Fairbanks & City of North Pole
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New Citizen Ceremony
September 9, 2022
Morris Thompson
The Literacy Council hosted a wonderful New Citizen Ceremony at the Morris Thompson Building. Eleven new citizens were celebrated in the auditorium with certificates and flowers. 
     A few recipients told us heartwarming stories about their paths to citizenship, like the young mother who delivered twin preemies in Fairbanks but still kept her citizenship testing & interviewing appointment by driving down to Anchorage three days later. 
     As you may know the Fairbanks Federal Courthouse no longer hosts citizenship applications, so Interior residents now have to travel to Anchorage at least twice for fingerprinting and tests.
     Another young woman gave League members more information than we dispensed to her, by explaining to us how the application process can vary from three years to 10 depending on the applicant’s circumstances. She said she chose her pathway to citizenship through enlisting in the army because she felt she “wanted to give this country something in return for everything the country gave me, and to make my mother proud”.
     After the short ceremony everyone enjoyed an excellent array of delicious foods prepared by Literacy Council staff and board members. 
     Carol Ann Varner brought the famous League Suitcase filled with beautiful decorations as well as Voter Information and Registration applications. Sue McHenry, David Weissman and Phyllis Tugman-Alexander assisted with Voter Registration, food sampling and clean-up.

Book Group

2022 - 2023

  • JULY ~ Free Lunch by Rex Ogle
  • SEPTEMBER ~ Climate of Hope:  How Cities, Businesses and Citizens Can Save the Planet by Michael Bloomberg & Carl Pope
  • OCTOBER ~ Garbology:  Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash by Edward Humes
  • NOVEMBER ~The Moment of Lift:  How Empowering Women Changes the World by Melinda Gates
  • JANUARY ~ Conflict in Ukraine:  The Unwinding of the Post-Cold War Order by Rajan Menon & Eugene Rumer
  • FEBRUARY ~ The Limits of Power:  The End of American Exceptionalism by
    Andrew Bacevich
  • MARCH ~ How Civil Wars Start and How to Stop Them by Barbara Walter
  • APRIL ~ Life on the Line: Young Doctors Come of Age in a Pandemic by
    Emma Goldberg
  • MAY ~ Go Back Where You Came from and Other Helpful Recommendations on How to Become American by Wajahat Ali
  • JUNE ~ Book selection for the upcoming year
  • JULY ~ White Identity Politics by Ashley Jardina

CLICK HERE to link to the webinar recording.

There Oughta Be a Law slides by Gayle Garrigues
These are slides covering the legislative process in Alaska. They were put together by Gayle Garrigues to support the LWVTV public webinar held on February 1, 2021.
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Brought to you by The League of Women Voters of Tanana Valley, the League of Women Voters of Juneau and the Fairbanks Branch of the American Association of University Women

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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

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John Lewis VRA

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 John Lewis VRA 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. 

Recent Activities - check out what happened 2021 - 2022

To see a comprehensive list of LWVTV activities over the past several years, click the two Past Activities menu items (in the upper left menu).

Straw Poll Results  LWVTV at the Tanana Valley State Fair 7/29 - 8/6, 2022

Over ten days at the Fair, LWVTV members helped voters with information on the upcoming elections, had educational information on Ranked Choice Voting, offered applications for mail-in voitng for both the Borough and the state elections, had new information for voters with disabilities, registered new voters, and changed addresses, shared Get Out the Native Vote SWAG and answered many questions. Kids Vote offered the younger set an opportunity to rank their favorite candy. We ran a straw poll using official sample ballots for the upcoming Primary and the Special General Election. (see the results at left).




Saturday, JUNE 18, 2022



LWVTV was there with information on voting and the upcoming elections and to register voters or update voter information. Members Gayle Garrigues, Shari George, Cathy Hanks, and David Weissman enjoyed the celebration and the great weather.

Saturday, APRIL 2, 2022
10 am - 2 pm

Pioneer Park

FREE Family Event


LWVTV members Shari George, Bernardo Hernandez, Janna Miller and David Weissman offered information and gave kids and adults a chance to try Ranked Choice Voting.

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Chats with the Interior Delegation 2021


Over the course of several weeks in November and December, we held Zoom chats with most of the Interior Delegation. Beginning on November 29, we spoke with Reps. Kowasaki, LeBon, Hopkins and Prax and Sen. Myers. 



Redistricting with a focus on Interior Alaska

On Oct. 12, 2021 we hosted a forum on redistricting in Alaska with a focus on the Interior and the FNSB. We had speakers from all four 3rd-party map creators. Click the blue button below to go to a recording. 


There was a live presentation of all the maps at the Carlson Center on Oct. 18, from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm.


 Local Candidate Forum

Sept. 24, 2021

Candidates for the FNSB School District School Board, The FNSB Assembly, the City of Fairbanks City Council, and the mayors for the FNSB and the City of North Pole participated.

LWVTV, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and KUAC

Live streamed on KUAC-FM 89.9 and an inperson audience participated.

Sept. 1 - Sept. 30, 2021

Noel Wien Public Library

1215 Cowles Street


Alaska's Suffrage Stars, a LWV-sponsored exhibit from the Alaska State Museum tells the story of the first steps toward Alaska's women's right to vote and spotlights early Alaskan women's voting-rights activists. The exhibit was placed all around the library.  LWVTV mounted an exhibit at the entrance to the Library highlighting the history of voting rights activists and the Suffrage Movement in the United States.

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Tanana Valley

State Fair


July 31 - August 8, 2021


Almost 1,000 Fair Goers tried Ranked Choice Voting


We practiced Ranked Choice Voting, registered citizens to vote, updated addresses, and offered voting information. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Bernardo Hernandez, Diane Lyon, and Sue Sherif we had a simplified and informative booth that was staffed by members for the entire Fair. Information and take-aways from the Division of Elections, Vote Local and Get Out the Native Vote offered encouragement and voting calendar reminders.


Our Ranked Choice Voting practice using fun Fair food as candidates was a big hit. 993 votes were cast. Ice Cream won the election for both adults and kids. Elephant Ears were a close second for adults while Cotton Candy was the kids' second choice. In both cases, there was not an outright winner (50% + 1 vote received) at the close of balloting. See the results and the tabulations just below.


League of Women Voters of the United States Calls for Immediate Removal of President Donald Trump



WASHINGTON – Thursday night, the League of Women Voters board of directors met and voted unanimously to call for the immediate removal of Donald J. Trump from the office of the President of the United States of America via any legal means, including and in order  of preference: impeachment with disqualification, the invocation of the 25th amendment, or resignation. Today, the League of Women Voters board of directors issued the following statement: 


“Donald Trump must be immediately removed as President of the United States of America and banned from running for federal office ever again. 


“The sitting president was the instigator of Wednesday’s domestic terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol that left five Americans dead and many more injured. He commanded an army of insurrectionists to forcefully overturn our free and fair elections in an effort to maintain power. These are the actions of a tyrannical despot, and they are in direct opposition to American democracy. President Trump continues to present a clear threat to national security as well as the safety and security of the American public.


“For violating his oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, Donald Trump must immediately resign or be removed from office by any measure possible in accordance with the law. Removing President Trump from the office of the president and swearing in Vice President Mike Pence to fulfill the duration of this presidential term will ensure our Constitution is maintained and upheld. 


“The League of Women Voters calls on both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate to immediately impeach President Trump with disqualification and remove him from office. Should Congress fail to impeach him, we call on Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove President Trump from office immediately.”


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League Condemns Domestic Terrorist Attack on U.S. Capitol



  Today the League of Women Voters of the United States president Dr. Deborah Turner, CCEO Virginia Kase, and the full board of directors issued the following statement in response to the violent demonstrations at the U.S. Capitol:

“This is a dark day in the history of the United States of America. Today’s activity on Capitol Hill should have been a procedural exercise to finalize the 2020 election. Instead, our nation's Capitol was attacked by domestic terrorists seeking to invalidate the will of the people.   

“The actions by these terrorists have no impact on the results of the election. This violent mob was encouraged by an outgoing president who lost re-election in a free and fair election.   

“Donald Trump has emboldened and empowered violent agitators, perpetuated dangerous conspiracy theories, and dishonored the office of the President. Furthermore, the members of Congress who continuously lie to the American people about the proven legitimacy of this election are also responsible for today’s horrific events. There is blood on their hands.   

“The League of Women Voters of the United States calls on President Donald Trump to concede the election immediately. We call on all members of Congress to respect the certification process, condemn the actions of these terrorists, and support a peaceful inauguration on January 20th."




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Alaska Division of Elections - Information on the General Election 


Absentee In-person, Early Voing, Electronic Transmission & Special Needs Voting
675 7th Avenue Suite A2 Fairbanks AK


October 19 - November 3
Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturdays 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sundays Noon - 4:00 pm

Election Day (Nov. 3) 7:00 am - 8:00 pm


Beware of voting information found on social media sites.

Jeremy Johnson from Division of Elections advised that people looking for election information should use or call 451-2835 for voter information. There are now fake sites on Social Media that look really good and bona fide but they are not. 


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State Board Members

Alex Koplin, President

(Central Kenai Peninsula) 2024

Marianne Mills, Vice-President

(Juneau) 2024

Sandy Garity, Secretary

(Central Kenai Peninsula) 2024

Shirley Pittz, Treasurer
(Anchorage) 2025
Sue Sherif, Past-President
(Tanana Valley) 2024


Judy Andree

(Juneau) 2024

Gayle Garrigues

(Tanana Valley) 2025

Shari George

(Tanana Valley) 2024

Gail Knobf

(Central Kenai Peninsula) 2025

Therese Lewandowski

(Central Kenai Peninsula) 2024

Pat Redmond

(Anchorage) 2024

Local League Presidents

Shirley Pittz

LWV of Anchorage 2024

Cathleen Rolph
Central Kenai Peninsula League of Women Voters 2024

Janna Miller & Sue Sherif
LWV of Tanana Valley 2023

Sarah Moore

LWV of Juneau 2024

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