NPV Arguments and Rebuttals

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." This is not fully true given that the Presidential election is a national election and all votes should count at [...]

By | 2017-03-30T11:16:18+00:00 March 30th, 2017|Advocacy, Election Laws|0 Comments

2017 Action Alert #6

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 identity or expression." There are no current hearings scheduled. The bill was referred to HSS, JUD, and FIN and currently [...]

By | 2017-03-20T14:02:41+00:00 March 20th, 2017|Action Alert, Member Info|0 Comments

Popular Vote 2

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 popular vote determining the winners of the Presidential elections?  The writers of the Constitution struggled with the problem of electing [...]

By | 2017-01-07T17:13:18+00:00 January 7th, 2017|Election Laws|0 Comments

Popular Vote 1

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 by more than 2.8 million votes.  How, people ask, can a candidate win that many more votes and still lose [...]

By | 2016-12-29T11:46:36+00:00 December 29th, 2016|Election Laws|0 Comments

December League Lunch and Learn

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: to “conduct fair, impartial and accurate elections…” This year’s election cycle set a record for the number of absentee and [...]

By | 2016-12-21T11:55:14+00:00 December 21st, 2016|Program Update|0 Comments

Redistricting

This post is contributed by LWVJ member Margo Waring. 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. Each time that redistricting occurs, there is great concern that minorities could [...]

By | 2016-12-08T14:40:21+00:00 October 28th, 2016|Empire My Turn|0 Comments

Elections and Ballots – The Fundamentals of American Democracy

Three ideas are fundamental to the workings of a democracy: The open and unrestricted access to a secret ballot by all adults. A ballot secured by competent administration from accidental or purposeful disclosure of a voter’s ballot choices. The use of a paper balloting system that assures the auditing and accurate hand counting of voting [...]

By | 2017-01-09T10:07:15+00:00 October 19th, 2016|Election Laws, Empire My Turn|0 Comments

Non-Partisanship in Local Elections

This post is contributed by LWVJ member Pat Watt. 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 allow them plenty of flexibility about how they conduct those elections. Juneau’s [...]

By | 2016-12-08T14:43:49+00:00 September 13th, 2016|Empire My Turn|0 Comments

Photo ID Not Required

This post is contributed by LWVJ member Chris Niemi. While listening to the radio the day before our primary election, a KINY radio announcer said that picture ID was required to vote.  Shocked, I called the radio station and was told that photo ID would “speed up the process”.  The announcer misinformed the public at least [...]

By | 2016-12-08T14:45:00+00:00 August 30th, 2016|Empire My Turn|0 Comments