time for accessible elections for all alaskans
- If you are calling from Anchorage please call: 563-9085. If calling from Juneau please call 586-9085. From all other prefixes call 1-844-586-9085
- Before you call, know the bill number and committee you will be addressing.
- Prepare your testimony with the expectation you will have approximately two minutes to deliver your message.
- Please call to be connected 5 to 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.
- When it is your turn to testify: Your name will be called and you will hear the audio prompt, “Your line is unmuted.” State your full name, where you are from, and your affiliation. “Madam/ Mr. Chair and members of the committee, my name is ____, I am from ____ and am representing (myself, business or organization name)” then Provide your testimony.
- When you are finished with your testimony, committee members may ask you questions. If there are no questions and you have access to the internet, please disconnect your phone and stream the remainder of the meeting at akleg.gov
When calling in to testify, do not use a speakerphone. Speakerphone audio quality is poor and makes it difficult for legislators to understand you. There will be periods of silence – don’t hang up! Prior to a meeting beginning the line will be silent. Be patient and wait for the meeting to begin. After the meeting begins, the committee may take an “at ease”. The line will be silent when the committee is not on the record. Ensure you are in a quiet setting when testifying. Background noise diminishes the quality of your testimony. If you are inaudible, the chairman may ask you to try and remedy the situation. If it is not improved, they may ask you to submit written testimony instead. Written testimony may be provided if time doesn’t allow you to wait. Written testimony should be directed to the committee. Committee email address are located here: http://akleg.gov/docs/excel/Committee-Email-Addresses.xlsx
- HB 66 expands voting access and modernizes Alaska’s elections. Every Alaskan deserve a voice and this bill can make it easier for people across our state to overcome some of the barriers to a fair democratic process while still keeping the security of our elections intact.
- HB 66 makes it more convenient to vote before election day and makes it easier to vote on election day. With weather and limited road systems giving people more time to vote is fundamental to a strong democracy.
- HB 66 makes permanent some of the changes implemented last year that allowed Alaskans to vote safely and in record numbers during a pandemic. (Over 361,000 ballots were cast)
- HB 66 creates an option for permanent absentee voting for individuals that plan to vote by mail in every election. In Alaska, that means those of us who work in fishing and on the slope don't have to scramble to make sure we get our ballots every year.
- HB 66 requires the Division of Elections to provide a postage-paid return envelope with absentee ballots. (Eliminates the need for stamps to vote)
- HB 66 requires election officials to notify a voter if their absentee ballot is rejected and it requires the Division of Elections to offer a voter the option to fix a mailed-in absentee ballot if there are errors. No one should be punished for making a simple mistake on their ballot by having their whole vote thrown away. This gives people the chance to fix their mistakes and make sure they are counted.