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.
Registration is now open for the Juneau LWV’s third annual “How to Run for Local Office” Workshop on Saturday, June 17. If you’ve ever thought of running for the Assembly or School Board, this FREE workshop will teach you everything you need to know about running for local office. To register to attend click here.
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).
If you have been hesitant to email your elected state officials, here is a chance to jump in and get your feet wet. And remember that once you contact them by email, their email addresses [...]
Here is the status of the bills we have been following plus one we might want to follow should there ever be a hearing. A. SB 72--The following language would be added to the list of [...]
Arguments and statements against the National Popular Vote (NPV) Compact include the following, with the LWV's rebuttal written by the LWVAK Advocacy Chair, Judy Andree: 1. "But your votes do count under the current method." [...]
The Alaska Legislature is considering a bill to adopt the National Popular Vote as a means of weighting votes for each Presidential election. Here is a fact sheet on the topic prepared by the state [...]
Last week Advocacy Chair, Judy Andree, attended public testimony on HB 175, National Popular Vote Compact. She followed up with a second letter from LWVAK in response to some of the testimony that opposed the [...]
SB 72: DISCRIMINATION: GENDER ID.;SEXUAL ORIENTATION. Sponsor: Senator Gardner "An Act adding to the powers and duties of the State Commission for Human Rights; and relating to and prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender [...]
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.