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Sealaska and Central Council Join Forces

Sealaska and Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (Central Council) are partnering to register and educate voters for the 2012 election. The Alaska Native vote can make an important difference in any election.

Each election is important to Alaska Natives. Voting is a powerful tool for electing officials that best represent the Native community, supporting issues that are important to our communities, and acting on policy that affects us all. Important deadlines to know are the primary election in Alaska on August 28; the national deadline to register to vote on October 7; and the general election on November 6.

Nicole Hallingstad of Sealaska and Melissa Kookesh of Central Council are volunteering for the Native Vote 2012 effort for Alaska.

”The strength of Alaska Natives has always been based on the health and strength of our clans, our communities. Together, our votes make a difference in those communities. That’s why several Native organizations are working together to make us all stronger, by encouraging voter registration and asking that our tribal members vote in municipal, state and federal elections. This is putting our values into actions.”  --Nicole Hallingstad

“Central Council is happy to join forces with Sealaska on the Get Out The Native Vote Campaign. Over the past 100 years, the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Sisterhood have fought tirelessly on behalf of the rights of our people. It’s critical that tribal citizens throughout Southeast Alaska register to vote and get to the polls on Election Day. Together, we are dedicated to providing information about candidates and issues affecting Alaska Natives as well as the importance your vote can make. Let’s honor the efforts of the ANB and ANS and exercise our right to vote!”   --Melissa Kookesh

Keep Reading for Additional Election Information

Alaska Election Information
Do you vote in the state of Alaska? Does anyone in your family vote in Alaska? We encourage Sealaska tribal member shareholders to register to vote. If you are already registered, please be sure to vote. Native strength is a collective strength, and Your Vote Is Our Voice.

Free Ride to the Polls
Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska will provide free rides to the polls in Juneau for the primary election.  

If you need a ride to the polls, please contact Valesha Patterson at 907.463.7379. Drivers will be available between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Election Information for All States
Click here to register to vote in your state.

Alaska Primary Election
The Alaska primary election is Tuesday, August 28, 2012. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day.

If you are voting absentee for the August primary, you have choices:

Alaska General Election
The Alaska general election is Tuesday, November 6, 2012.  
  • Register to vote OR update your registration
  • Deadline to register or update your voter registration for the general election is Sunday, October 7, 2012
  • Find your polling location
  • Registration Requirements: To register in the state of Alaska you must
    • Be a U.S. citizen
    • Be at least 18 years old within 90 days of this registration
    • Not be a convicted felon (unless unconditionally discharged)
    • Not be judicially determined to be of unsound mind, unless the disability has been removed
    • Not be registered to vote in another state


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