I Vote! I Count!
To empower Alaskans with disabilities and other Alaska Mental Health Beneficiaries to become active voters and part of the political process by eliminating voting barriers, promoting awareness of the voting process and helping people access their right to vote.
Why is Voting important? Voting is self-advocacy in action.
How important is YOUR vote?
The #1 reason people do not vote is they feel their vote doesn’t matter. What possible difference could it make?
Nonpartisan Voting Engagement at your Nonprofit
Nonprofits have access to under-represented populations and have a unique relationship of trust with those they serve. Their clients might be intimidated by the process of physically going to the Division of Elections to register, but would be very comfortable registering during a visit to their service provider.
Out of 100 people registered at their nonprofits, 74% actually vote! What can and can’t you do as a nonprofit?
A 501(c)(3) may not:
A 501(c)(3) may:
Funded by the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority
Nationally, the entire House of Representatives, 33 Senators and 36 Governors will be on ballots. That includes Representative Don Young and Senator Mark Begich who have numberous challengers in a heated race that is receiving a lot of national attention.
In Alaska, we will see a spirited campaign between Governor Sean Parnell and Byron Mallott. All 40 seats in the Alaska House of Representatives are up for election. In the Senate, ten seats are up for four-year seats; four are up for two-year seats. Also, due to redistricting, all voting districts and many polling places have changed this year, leading to confusion for many voters.
There will be four Ballot Measures this election cycle that could have a significant impact on voter turnout, and what type of voter.
Division of Elections
The State of Alaska Division of Elections is a great resource where you will be able to find information on:
The Alaska State Legislature
There is a wealth of information about the entire legislative process available through The Alaska State Legislature site. You can learn all about your legislator’s background and voting record, track bills, access committee information, follow the daily schedules and so much more.
Supporting voters with Disabilities
In person, at your polling place on Election Day.
National studies indicate that absentee voting increases voter engagement by 2-3%
Absentee Voting by Mail
Absentee Voting by Fax
By Personal Representative
Who can be a personal representative?
Become a Registrar!
If you or someone in your agency would like to become Registrars to assist those you serve to become registered voters, we can provide that training at your agency or ours. Training is also is available through the Division of Elections.
Project Vote Smart
Project Vote Smart is a citizen's organization, that has developed a Voter's Self-Defense System to provide you with the necessary tools to self-govern effectively: abundant, accurate, unbiased and relevant information. (National and state resource.)
The Disability Law Center of Alaska
The Disability Law Center of of Alaska (DLC) is designated under federal law as the State of Alaska’s P&A agency. With offices in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau, DLC provides legally based advocacy to the disability community throughout Alaska.
The League of Women Voters
The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization that promotes political responsibility through information and active participation in government.
The U.S. Election Assistance Commission
The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) has many resources for voters with disabilities.
The American Association of People with Disabilities
The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is the nation's largest disability rights organization. We promote equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation for people with disabilities. Our members, including people with disabilities and our family, friends, and supporters, represent a powerful force for change.
Partners in Policymaking (PIP) promotes:
Partners in Policymaking (PIP) is a national model of advocacy and leadership training. Alaska’s PIP Program is funded through the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority and has been designed for Trust beneficiaries and their families. This project identifies individuals from around the state who have not held a leadership position and helps them develop advocacy and leadership skills to improve the lives of Trust beneficiaries.
Recruitment for PIP Internship(s)
If you would like to know more about advocacy, how to make a real difference in your community or around the state, consider applying for the Partners in Policymaking Internship program! The internship programs are blended 6 session non-credit courses, which include weekly online sessions and a three-day face-to-face seminar in Anchorage.
Interns receive support for project activities, as well as funding for travel expenses to participate in project activities. On-going technical assistance from program staff is provided to all present and past interns.
Partners in Policymaking I Internship provides training in self-determination and individual advocacy. You will learn the basic advocacy skills necessary to create change in your own life and gain knowledge to become more successful in peer advocacy.
Partners in Policymaking II Internship is focused on public policy, advocacy and leadership development. Interns will have opportunities to apply their skills in local and state advocacy activities. Applicants for Partners in Policymaking II are expected to have successfully completed the Partners in Policymaking I internship.