Fall 2016 – Message from the Board President

Jacqueline Dailey, RurAL CAP Board President

Jacqueline Dailey,
RurAL CAP Board President

Importance of Voting
by Jacqueline Dailey

Your voice matters. The Alaska Native vote is more important than ever. Whether it’s a policy you want to change or a candidate who addresses issues that are important to you, there are huge impacts on Alaska Native people.

Our ancestors worked hard to survive and to get us to where we are today. Our parents and grandparents remember the hard fought battle not that long ago in the 1940’s when Elizabeth and Roy Peratrovich, working on behalf of equality for Alaska Native people, petitioned for a ban on the “No Natives Allowed” sign then so common at public accommodations in Juneau and elsewhere. Elizabeth’s impassioned testimony was instrumental in the passage of the state’s Anti-Discrimination Act of 1945, the first anti-discrimination law in the United States.

Becoming involved and voting on local, tribal, state and federal issues will protect our rights, resources and communities. Several upcoming important policy issues include subsistence, early childhood education, alternative energy initiatives, and climate change impacts.

Children and young people are watching you. Whether it is on a national, statewide, or local level, you can set an example for our young people by voting. Don’t leave it up to others to vote for you. Get registered and get to the polls. Your voice matters! Please vote on November 8.

Who can vote: Citizens of the U.S., Alaska resident who must be 18 years old or within 90 days of your 18th birthday, not registered to vote in another state, and who are not convicted felons (unless you have been unconditionally discharged). Language assistance is provided in Yup’ik, Siberian Yup’ik, Inupiaq, Koyukon Athabascan, Gwich’in Athabascan, Filipino and Spanish.

How to vote: You must be registered to vote by completing a Voter Registration Application. It is an easy one page form that is available online at the State of Alaska’s Division of Elections website, http://elections.alaska.gov or at the Regional Elections offices (below), local city offices, or contact a Voter Registrar in your community. You can submit it in person, fax, or mail it.

Region I Elections Office (Southeast Alaska, Kenai Peninsula and Kodiak)
PO Box 110018
Juneau, Alaska 99811-0018
Phone: (907) 465-3021
Toll-Free: (866) 948-8683
Fax: (907) 465-2289
Fax Toll-Free: (855) 465-2808
Region I Email

Region II Elections Office (Municipality of Anchorage area, Whittier and Hope)
2525 Gambell St, Suite 100
Anchorage, Alaska 99503-2838
Phone: (907) 522-8683
Toll-Free: (866) 958-8683
Fax: (907) 522-2341
Fax Toll-Free: (855) 646-9019
Region II Anchorage Email

Matanuska-Susitna Elections Office (Matanuska-Susitna Borough area)
North Fork Professional Building
1700 E. Bogard Road, Building B, Suite 102
Wasilla, Alaska 99654
Phone: (907) 373-8952
Fax: (907) 373-8953
Fax Toll-Free: (855) 376-8966
Region II Mat-Su Email

Region III Elections Office (Central and Interior Alaska)
675 Seventh Avenue, Suite H3
Fairbanks, Alaska 99701-4594
Phone: (907) 451-2835
Toll-Free: (866) 959-8683
Fax: (907) 451-2832
Fax Toll-Free: (855) 720-2762
Region III Email

Region IV Elections Office (Northern and Western Alaska)
PO Box 577
Nome, Alaska 99762-0577
Phone: (907) 443-5285
Toll-Free: (866) 953-8683
Fax: (907) 443-2973
Fax Toll-Free: (855) 242-2973
Region IV Email

What is the deadline for registering to vote? Initial registration or registration changes must be made at least 30 days prior to an election. Alaska law allows for same day voter registration for the purpose of voting for a President and Vice President of the United States.

When to vote and for what: The Alaska Division of Election website has all the details.

Where to vote: For the urban areas, check with the local Elections Office in Juneau, Anchorage, Wasilla, and Fairbanks (http://elections.alaska.gov/vi_w_polls.php). For the rural regional hubs and communities, check with the local Borough or city offices.

Helping others to vote: In our tradition of helping each other, we all need to pay particular attention to community members who have special barriers to voting: our Elders, people with disabilities, Native language speakers, people experiencing homelessness, those in transition to a new community, and others who might need assistance. Reach out to them so they exercise their right to vote too.

Alaska Elections Homepage: http://elections.alaska.gov
Get Out the Alaska Native Vote: http://aknativevote.com

Sleetmute area in fall time. Photo by Ellen Yako

Sleetmute area in fall time. Photo by Ellen Yako

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