Rep. Josephson’s Newsletter: Common Ground and Elections!

On Saturday, October 1, I attended an all-day Fiscal Policy Summit sponsored by Alaska Common Ground. Subjects included: (1) Our Fiscal System and Deep Structural Deficit; (2) Impacts of Fiscal Solutions on Jobs and Incomes; (3) Oil and Gas Tax Credits; (4) Scenarios for Fiscal Solutions; (5) the Anchorage Economy; (6) the Case for Budget Cuts, and related topics.

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Rep. Petersen’s Report from the Capitol: Pizza Party February 18th; Improving Absentee Voting Options; Using Garbage to Make Energy

Mark Your Calendars: Neighborhood Pizza Party February 18

The legislative session is well underway, and it is very important that I hear your thoughts on what you want to see us working on. Senator Bill Wielechowski and I will be holding a neighborhood pizza party on Saturday February 18 from 2:30 to 4pm at the Boys and Girls Club Northeast Community Center. I hope to see you there.

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Democrats’ Bill to Extend Voting by Mail Passes Committee

Bill would make it easier for seniors, rural Alaskans and people with disabilities to vote

JUNEAU – Representative Max Gruenberg’s bill to make voting by mail easier passed the House State Affairs Committee today. The bill would allow all Alaskans the same right as military and overseas voters whose applications to vote by mail remain effective for two general elections (up to four years).

“Participating in our democracy is a right of citizenship,” said Rep. Gruenberg (D-Anchorage), “and it should not be made difficult or inconvenient. Reducing the paperwork to vote by mail makes it easier for Alaskans to vote, especially those who have a hard time getting to their polling place.”

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House Bill 260 “Permanent Absentee Voting”

This act will streamline the absentee voting process for Alaskans by giving voters the option to register for permanent absentee voting status for state elections. Once a voter is on the permanent absentee voter roll, they will not have to fill out an absentee request form for each election cycle. Instead, an absentee ballot will be automatically sent to them by the Division of Elections…

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