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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.

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

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

SAT., APRIL 2, 10 am - 2 pm

Pioneer Park

FREE Family Event


LWVTV members Janna Miller, Bernardo Hernandez, David Weissman and Shari George were there with information and giving both 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.

June 19, 2021

LWVTV Supports Juneteenth Celebration with Greater Fairbanks NAACP Unit #1001


We joined other advocates in the Virtual Vendor Booths and online for an enlightening, engaging and celebratory itinerary of spirituality, history, discussion, readings, financial literacy, farm-to-table insight, healthy lifestyle ideas, poetry, our education system, voting, and a tribute to
Ms. Esther Cunningham.

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LWVTV Annual Meeting

May 22, 2021 9:30 AM-Noon  Zoom


It was a very busy 2-1/2 hours! We heard reports from the president and treasurer, on membership and the Diversity Committee. We adopted a program for 2021 - 2022. We also amended our Bylaws and policies and we elected new officers and Board members. We were privileged to be joined by Leah Edwards, treasurer of the LWVUS, who gave us an update on LWVUS activities and influence over the past year, a reminder of the lead priorities for the national organization and what to be watching over the  coming year. 


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."

LWVTV Supports
NAACP Position Statement on
Policing and Our Community
City of Fairbanks City Council
November 23, 2020


The League of Women Voters of Tanana Valley is committed to diversity, equality, and inclusion in principle and in practice. We are committed to equal justice and social equity and support the fight against systemic racial injustice and inequality. But more than words, we need change. We come as an ally in support of the NAACP Position Statement on Policing and Our Community as a step forward that promotes constructive change while endorsing the indisputable contribution that law enforcement brings to the safety and well-being of the people and property in our community. The statement simply advocates for reasonable inclusion in the selection of police leadership, pertinent training of officers and administrators, the undeniable need to include community mental health experts on public safety teams and a transparent, citizen-led mechanism to consider police actions. The real potential for change lies with local government. The actions outlined by the NAACP Position Statement on Policing and Our Community offer sensible steps to move our community ahead and begin to rekindle public trust and support for those who serve and protect.


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Polling Place Locator - call 1-888-383-8683

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 https://www.elections.alaska.gov/ 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. 


LWVTV and Others Hit the Streets to Encourage Voting
Oct. 26 - 30, 2020


Organized by LWVTV member, Bernardo Hernandez, members, friends and family covered streets all over the FNSB encouraging citizens to exercise their right to vote. Lots of honks, thumbs up and waves were enjoyed from the passing vehicles. It was plenty cold out there but waving signs keeps you warmed up.



LWVTV & Get Out the Native Vote Meet Young Voters
October 22 and 29, 2020


Partnering with Black Spruce Brewing Company, LWVTV member Nicky Eiseman had precinct maps, Division of Election election pamphlets, sample ballots, and access to search for polling stations available for voters and would-be voters visiting this craft beer business. Ballots and Brews provided a convivial atmosphere for meaningful conversations on voting, why it's important and how your vote makes a difference for you and democracy. Specialty beers, "I Voted Today DDH Pale Hazy Ale" and "People Power Triple IPA" were available.

  • Round 1 featured House candidates Jeremiah Youmans,
    Kevin McKinley, Adam Wool, Mike Cronk, Elijah Verhagen,
    Vernon Carlson, and Julia Hnilicka.

  • Round 2 introduced Senate candidates Evan Eads, Robert Myers and Marna Sandford and House candidates Bart LeBon, Christopher Quist, Mike Prax, Keith Kurber, and Grier Hopkins.

​League members Shari and Tom George, Diane Lyon, Janna Miller, Martha Raynolds, Rich Seifert and Valerie Therrien asked questions, timed candidate responses and kept the forum moving. All the questions were submitted by League members and FNA.


Thanks to KUAC FM 89.9 for broadcasting and recording the forum, the FNSB Clerk's Office for setting up the Assembly Chamber and Get Out the Native Vote for providing voting encouragement.

League Members Worked
Early Voting and Election Day Polling Sites
for the 2020 Municipal Election


League members assisted both with Early Voting at Shoppers Forum and at Election Day polling locations. Early voting ran from Sept. 21 - Oct. 1. Election Day was October 6, 2020.


Voter turnout was 22.4% for the FNSB, 17.7% for the City of Fairbanks and 15.4% for the City of North Pole. Sad turnout for our community and our democracy.


Link to Election results at the FNSB Clerk's Office.

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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 (Snedden 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. LWVTV member, Janna Miller, organized and moderated this very informative session. The webinar was hosted by the LWVTV and the Fairbanks Branch of AAUW.


A recording of the webinar is here.


Municipal Candidates Forum
August 31, 2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Livestreamed on KUAC FM 89.9


Candidates for the FNSB Assembly, the FNSB School Board and the City of Fairbanks City Council were present at the FNSB Assembly Chambers to answer a series of short answer and lightning round questions. You can listen here.


LWVTV members Phyllis Darrah, Shari and Tom George, Janna Miller and Valerie Therrien asked the questions, kept the candidates on time and sanitized the Assembly Chamber following FNSB COVID-19 protocols. 

League Members Assisted with the Primary Election on August 18, 2020


LWVTV was on station to assist the Division of Elections with Special Needs voting during the Primary.

Safe and Secure Voting
A Free Public Webinar

August 7, 2020  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Zoom and Facebook Live


Division of Elections Supervisor Jeremy Johnson, April Trickey (Clerk of the FNSB), Dani Snider (Clerk of the City of Fairbanks) and Aaron Rhoades (Clerk of the City of North Pole) led this informative discussion about ways to vote, dates, new equipment and measures inplace due to the COVID-19 pandemic. League members Phyllis Darrah, Shari George, Mary Lee Guthrie, Helenmarie Matesi, Gael Murakami and Sue Sherif were joined by AAUW president Margaret Soden, FNA Coomunications Director, Diana Campbell, and Get Out the Native Vote/Doyon Ltd. lead Sharon Hildebrand to keep the webinar on track. Many questions from the attendees were fielded by Jerermy and the Clerks.


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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.

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Running for Local Office

June 27, 2020


LWVTV members Shari George, Phyllis Tugman-Alexander and Linda Witt were on hand in the FNSB parking lot with all the Clerks from the City of Fairbanks, the City of North Pole and the FNSB.

We provided information and encouragement to potential candidates for local office. LWVTV also hosted a website with how-to's for local candidates.

LWVTV Members Support Juneteenth

June 19 & 20, 2020

LWVTV members participated in NAACP Juneteenth celebration affirming Juneteenth and celebrating moving forward. LWVTV VP Helenmarie Matesi helped organize the event and served as moderator for much of the commemoration. Music, poetry, history and discussion brought the celebration to life. Juneteenth memorializes the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas. Congress recognized the day in 1997.

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State Board Members

Alex Koplin, Co-President &

(Central Kenai Peninsula) 2023

Sue Sherif, Co-President
(Tanana Valley) 2023

Marianne Mills, Vice-President
(Juneau) 2023

Sandy Garity, Secretary
(Central Kenai Peninsula) 2024

Shirley Pittz, Treasurer
(Anchorage) 2023
Judy Andree, Past-President
(Juneau) 2023


Carol Dickason

(Anchorage) 2023

Gayle Garrigues

(Tanana Valley) 2023

Shari George

(Tanana Valley) 2024

Therese Lewandowski

(Central Kenai Peninsula) 2024

Pat Redmond

(Anchorage) 2023

Cathleen Rolph

(Central Kenai Peninsula) 2023

Local League Presidents

Shirley Pittz

LWV of Anchorage 2023

Gail Knobf & Cathleen Rolph
Central Kenai Peninsula League of Women Voters 2023

Janna Miller & Sue Sherif
LWV of Tanana Valley 2023

Kirsa Hughes-Skandjis

LWV of Juneau 2023

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