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Sep 23, 2016
Posted Under: Advocacy

nonprofit votesAlaska Nonprofits Count!  And Alaska nonprofit votes count! 

When Alaska nonprofits use our voting power we advance our missions by making our voices heard.  When we vote we make change for the better – for our organizations, our communities, our state and the world.

On November 8th Alaskans will join millions of Americans who will be voting for their state legislatures, the U.S. Congress and the President and Vice President of the United States.

It has never been more important to make sure that nonprofits board members, staff, volunteers and constituents register to vote and get to the polls on Election Day.


1) Register to Vote 2) Spread the Word and 3) Inform Yourself

ballot1) REGISTER TO VOTE:  Remind your board, staff, volunteers and constituents to register to vote.  In order to vote in Alaska state elections on November 8 voters must be registered by October 9– you can register online, by mail and in person.  Its simple, fast and easy to register online.

While Alaska law allows for same day voter registration for the purpose of voting for President and Vice President of the United States, don’t wait.  If you’re not registered by October 9 you won’t be able to vote for your state representative and state senator, or for Alaska’s federal congressional seats.

And while voting in your individual polling place on November 8th is the best idea, you don’t have to worry about voting just on Election Day.  You may vote a questioned ballot at any polling place, vote an in-person absentee ballot at an absentee voting location, vote a by-mail ballot or by electronic transmission.  And don’t forget about early voting – that’s available in many communities in advance of the November 8 election day.

Want more information on the General Election on November 8?  Need to know your polling place, hours, candidates and issues that will appear on the ballot?  Click here.

ballot2) SPREAD THE WORD: Spread the word about the importance of nonprofit voting power.

We are your electric company, your preschool, your health care provider, your religious congregation, and your artistic expression.

We are your political party, your grassroots movement for change and your civic associations.

We provide resource development and environmental protection and we rescue your pets.

We support people of every age and every income.

We are a place for funding, volunteering, and community engagement.

 Alaska nonprofit employees are 12% of the Alaska workforce statewide and more than 50% in some communities throughout Alaska – combine that with the thousands of people who sit on nonprofit boards — think about the impact we could have if we all voted!

Nonprofits have an important role to play – Tim Delaney, CEO for the National Council of Nonprofits, warns that it has never been more urgent more nonprofits to get out the vote. Read his article in The Chronicle of Philanthropy here.

ballot3) INFORM YOURSELF:  Urge your board, staff, volunteers and constituents to read their ballots, get familiar with the ballot measures and issues they will be voting on, and find their polling locations.