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October 2021-September 2022
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.
CLICK HERE TO WATCH A RECORDING OF THE WEBINAR.
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
CLICK HERE to link to the webinar recording.
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.
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3:00 PM Alaska Time
January 21 - DEI and Nonpartisanship
February 18 - Event Planning Through a DEI Lens and How to Apply It The Day of Action
March 11 - Gender Identity
April 22 - Surveys and Demographic Collection
May 27 - Working Across Generations
June 17 - DEI Lens and Governance
July 22 - Revisiting our Diverse Dimensions
August 26 - Going Beyond Training: DEI in Practice
Sept. 26 - Revisiting Inclusive Holidays
Oct. 28 - Advocating for Racial Justice
Nov. 18 - DEI Lens and Impact on Issues
Check out other League resources on DEI
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THINKING ABOUT RUNNING FOR LOCAL OFFICE? ATTEND THE CANDIDATE OPEN HOUSE!
Fairbanks City Council Chambers
800 Cushman Street, Fairbanks, AK
Tuesday, June 29, 2021
4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Local Municipal Clerks are hosting a Candidate Open House for any person interested in learning more about running for local office. There will be printed material with information about becoming a candidate for the Borough Mayor, Assembly, Fairbanks City Council, North Pole City Council, School Board, and Interior Natural Gas Utility Board (IGU). Have your questions answered by Municipal Clerks.
The Regular Municipal Election is October 5, 2021 and Candidate filing opens July 15, 2021. For more information, contact the Clerk’s Office at (907) 459-1401.
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.
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.
Click here for Program Planning information and a summary of the meetings.
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.”
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gunnar Knapp's Alaska Fiscal Facts and Choices (from 2018)
Judy Andree, President
Shari George, Vice-President
(Tanana Valley) 2022
Sandy Garity, Secretary
(Central Kenai Peninsula) 2022
Shirley Pittz, Treasurer
Pat Redmond, Past-President
(Tanana Valley) 2023
(Central Kenai Peninsula) 2022
(Central Kenai Peninsula) 2023
(Tanana Valley) 2022
(President, - LWV of Anchorage) 2022
(President, Central Kenai Peninsula League of Women Voters) 2022
(President, LWV of Tanana Valley) 2022
(President LWV of Juneau) 2022
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.
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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