The purpose of the League of Women Voters (LWV) is to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government and to act on selected governmental issues.
We influence public policy through education and advocacy. We never support or oppose any political party or candidate. We develop positions which support our mission. Our major focus areas are: Voter services, citizen education, advocacy and action!
We hope you find the information on this website useful, and (if you are not already an LWV member) will consider joining our organization. Note that our members are automatically members of the League of Women Voters of Alaska, and of the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS). Maintaining an effectively functioning democracy is hard work at all levels of government and we can always use more help.
League Points to Ponder (Our Blog)
Below you can read a short introduction to the most recent posts on our Blog. To find the complete Blog, click on this link. There, you can find posts by month, and by category – or by keyword (tag).
This post is the second in a series designed to give readers tools to begin becoming effective advocates for policy direction at the local, federal, and state level. This post focuses on the federal level. Generally, the process [...]
This post is the first in a series designed to give readers a few tools to begin becoming effective advocates for policy direction at the local, federal, and state level. This post focuses on the state level. [...]
In the blog Popular Vote 1, three questions were proposed, and the attempt to answer those questions can be found in the following blog. ONE: Why do we have the Electoral College rather than a [...]
The recent election has raised the issue of transparency in government to a high priority. What is government transparency – and why does it matter? Transparency measures the amount of openness, accountability, and integrity of [...]
In the aftermath of the 2016 election, much talk has occurred on social media and elsewhere about the popular vote. The discussion has revolved around the fact that the losing candidate won the popular vote [...]
On Wednesday, December 14th, in the Baranof Gold room, Josephine Bahnke, Director, Division of Elections spoke on Alaska’s voting systems and processes. With help from Brian Jackson, Program Manager, they discussed the Division’s core mission: [...]
We register voters at community events such as festivals, parades, malls, and other venues such as the local high schools and UAS. We work with the following collaborative partners to ensure that all citizens have the ability to vote:
Juneau Votes – Public Libraries – Juneau Empire – Tlingit-Haida – Radio – Civic Organizations – Schools
Voter Education is key to ensuring that democracy works for all of us. There are many ways in which we work to ensure our citizens understand how our government works, and how to have their voices hear. Some of the ways we do this are by:
Candidate Forums and Debates – Capitol Visits for 8th Graders – Classroom Teaching – Civics Quiz at Venues – “How to Run for Office” Workshop and many others.
There are many ways we help with voter participation. We define and set local policy statements, advocate for these positions within the legislature and local government, and helping to enable citizen participation in local and state governments.
Working at polling places – Participating in Hand counts and verifications – Defining programs for local actions – and many others.