The League of Women Voters of the United States is celebrating its 82nd anniversary this year. The League, a nonpartisan political organization, is proud of its many achievements, including securing full political participation for women, the enactment of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (the "motor voter" law), and the launch of Democracy Network (www.democracynet.org). The League's rich history of civic participation continues to flourish because of the commitment and energy of its grassroots members.
The League of Women Voters believes that democratic government depends upon the informed and active participation of its citizens at all levels of government. The League further believes that governmental bodies must protect the citizen's right to know by giving adequate notice of proposed actions, holding open meetings and making public records accessible. "Government in the Sunshine" has been a League of Women Voters principle since its origin.
The Juneau League has organized a "Meet the Candidates" reception and forum on Wednesday at the CBJ Assembly chambers. The League welcomes public participation at the reception, which begins at 6 p.m. Questions will be collected from those attending. At the forum, which begins at 7 p.m., each candidate will have the opportunity to make a short statement and to respond to the questions collected from the audience . The forum will be aired live on KTOO-FM and videotaped by KATH-TV (Channel 17) for broadcast at various times prior to the election. The League also has collaborated with the Juneau Empire to provide a supplemental insert, the "Voters Election Guide." This guide features Assembly and School Board candidates answers to League-sponsored questions.
With over 100 members, the League of Women Voters of Juneau is the largest local League in Alaska and is one of nearly 1,000 state and local Leagues nationwide. The Juneau League has 16 active position papers, developed after study and consensus on issues. The League is updating its position on Juneau's water and sewer system. If you are interested in joining, please call 463-2501.
Ellen Rose Varosi
President, League of Women Voters