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
Welcome to the new LWVJ website! We hope this expands accessibility to information about the LWV and makes it easier to find what you are looking for. We built this website to ensure that all [...]
Various scholars and social scientists remind us that our middle class is eroding, along with our roads, our bridges, harbors, and – most alarmingly – schools. Some see the solution in renewed isolationism that reduces [...]
The Alaska Constitution requires that the State redraw the lines of legislative districts every ten years, using census data to ensure that each legislative district has the same number of residents as every other district. [...]
Kudos to Anne Fuller of the League of Women Voters (LWV) for the excellent My Turn column (Sept. 21) addressing what can be done to make democracy work. Her focus was on the need for [...]
Let’s make democracy work by improving civics education in our schools and community. Our future well-being depends on people sensibly cooperating for effective action and engaging in open debate. Helping students learn to think critically, [...]
Our Assembly and School Board members are elected on a nonpartisan basis. Why is that – and does it matter? State statutes require Alaska’s local governments to adopt rules for conducting local elections - but [...]
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.