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Testify to Stop SB 39- 2/18 at 3:30 pm

Get testimony tips and talking points below to help stop SB39. Alaskans don't need more obstacles to vote.

Talking Points SB 39

  • Sb 39 jeopardizes Alaskan voting rights by gutting the popular PFD Automatic Voter Registration law:
    • A registration system that asks voters if they would like to be registered to vote is not automatic, and it curtails the intent of the 2016 ballot initiative passed by a majority of Alaskans. 
    • PFD automatic voter registration has added over 50,000 Alaskans to the rolls and led to record voter turnout in recent elections.
    • Converting the successful opt-out system to an opt-in system is like trading in your smartphone for a rotary dialer. 
    • We shouldn’t have to jump through any more hoops to have our voices heard.
  • SB 39 attacks vote-by-mail:
    • Prohibits vote-by-mail in certain local elections, stripping municipalities of popular alternate voting provisions, and requiring all residents -- rural & urban, young and old -- to visit a polling place to choose their local leadership. (Is your community on this list?)
    • Some local governments, like the Kenai Peninsula Borough & the Regional Education Attendance Association, have used vote-at-home for decades & find it can be the most efficient means of voting.
    • We all benefit from increasing voter turnout, not suppressing it.
  • It is unnecessary / wasteful:
    • There has been no proof of election fraud.
    • Our leaders need to focus on helping families right now, not hurting voters
    • Making it harder for Alaskans to vote is a voter suppression tactic and it is not an efficient use of state resources in a time when COVID has battered the economy and state services are in crisis.
  • It is a partisan attack on voting rights:
    • Alaskans are proud to operate outside of the vitriol of partisan attacks in the lower 48.
    • This bill would make it harder for our friends and neighbors to vote, threatening the sanctity of the public process. 

Testimony Tips

  • 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. (SB 39, State Affairs) 
  • 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.(start time 3:30, 2/18/2021)
  • 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 speaker phone. Speaker phone 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



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