Election Day is next Tuesday, November 8 — Are You With Us?

Your voice is your vote.  Your vote is your voice.  Watch AFN's RUwithUS short video and then head to the polls! https://vimeo.com/186195396   … [Read more...]

AFN Commends Senator Murkowski For Co-Sponsoring Key Voting Rights Bill

The Alaska Federation of Natives commends U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski for signing on as co-sponsor to the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015 (VRAA).  The legislation, originally introduced this past June by Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, a Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is … [Read more...]

In address to Congress, President Obama calls the right to vote ‘sacred.’

In his 2015 State of the Union address to Congress, President Obama challenged Congress to go beyond the status quo and improve the Voting Rights Act. "We may go at it in campaign season, but surely we can agree that the right to vote is sacred; that it’s being denied to too many; and that, on … [Read more...]

AFN Continues Work On Protecting Voting Rights

As Alaskans await the final results of the 2014 election, and the analysis to follow, AFN is looking ahead to what President Julie Kitka said in an October 31 press conference was “unfinished business.” “The work on national legislation will continue,” Kitka said. “Our partnership with the U.S. … [Read more...]

Message from President Obama

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AFN releases new non-partisan Get Out The Vote TV PSAs

Watch the PSAs in our Video Gallery page!   … [Read more...]

AFN Applauds Federal Court Decision in Native Voting Rights Case

The Alaska Federation of Natives fully supports U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason’s decision in favor of the plaintiffs of the Toyukak v Treadwell voting rights case.  In her partial ruling today, Judge Gleason agreed with the Native voters’ argument that the state Division of Elections failed its … [Read more...]

Villages Across The State Register To Become Absentee Early Voting Sites

      Anchorage, AK –  A Native leadership team dedicated to increasing Alaskan voter turnout announced it has helped 176 villages sign up as absentee in-person voting sites for the upcoming primary and general elections.  The number will change slightly after today's 5 p.m. … [Read more...]

Department of Justice initiates consultations with Alaska Natives to address voting challenges

The U.S. Department of Justice will hold consultations to discuss with Tribal leaders whether the DOJ should recommend to Congress new legislation that would require any state or local election administrator whose territory includes an Alaska Native village or Indian reservation to locate at least … [Read more...]

AFN President’s Commentary on Voting Rights

Check out AFN President Julie Kitka's commentary in today's Anchorage Daily News and on line at AK Dispatch: http://www.alaskadispatch.com   "A democracy is only as strong as the election process, which includes not only the act of voting but the information necessary for a voter to … [Read more...]