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Testify to Stop SB 39- 4/22 at 6 pm

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

Talking Points SB 39

1. This is an expensive solution in search of a problem. The new, ambiguous directives for the DOE are costly as is the implementation of two-factor authentication. Additionally, requiring voters to use MFA does nothing to protect the voter file itself from outside actors.

2. Ballot curing, tribal ID, and a 4-year absentee application are positive pieces of this proposed legislation.

3. Forcing municipalities to conduct local elections using this brand new frame removes local control and makes them the test subjects for complicated changes. If anything, the state should be the pilot for these new regulations.

4. Pieces of this legislation may be unconstitutional, including legislative supremacy over judicial rulings and prohibiting the executive branch from following said rulings.

5. Arguably, Alaska has one of the best voter rolls in the country. With the institution of PFD AVR, voters' addresses are updated every year when they apply for their dividend. Additionally, we are an ERIC state which allows us to speak to other states enrolled in the program to purge individuals who live elsewhere.

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, Senate 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 6 PM, 4/22/2021)
  • 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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