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).
A. BUDGET: Probably the biggest issue facing the Legislature is the state financial crisis. The HOUSE FINANCE COMMITTEE has submitted a bill calling for an income tax and a refiguring of the Permanent Fund which [...]
Popular Vote 3 Changing the use of the Electoral Vote (EV) in order to give a more representative nod to the total popular vote (PV) would not be easy. Awarding electoral votes (EV’s) based on [...]
Author: Barbara Belknap There is a lot of angst out there over the election. My Facebook page is overflowing with comments, suggestions, and the sharing of emotions from American women. There is commiseration from my [...]
Barbara Belknap, Author The Women’s March was today. It was a success beyond what anyone expected, and will go down in history as a watershed event in the history of women’s rights. Millions of women [...]
On January 13 I decided to reroute my ticket on a previously planned trip to New Orleans and the East Coast so that I could participate in the Women's March on Washington on January 21. [...]
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 [...]
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.