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Alaska’s political world braces for a sea change and an elections marathon


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The death of long-serving Alaska Representative Don Young has thrown a curve ball in the state’s election plans. The Frontier State, having adopted a transformative new election system that combines a nonpartisan primary with a ranked choice voting general election, was originally planning on having through November to educate voters. Now, Governor Mike Dunleavy has announced that the special election will take place in June, giving election officials just three months to prepare. 

Representatives from campaigns, interest groups and political parties said they’re planning intense efforts to educate voters about the new elections system, which includes two elements untested in Alaska: a nonpartisan, top-four primary and a general election that uses a process called ranked-choice voting.

https://www.adn.com/politics/2022/03/21/after-youngs-death-alaskas-political-world-braces-for-a-sea-change-and-an-elections-marathon/?utm_source=Iterable&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=campaign_emailThreeThings

 

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Will “rejoin the Russian Federation” be one of the points being debated?

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https://www.fairvote.org/where_is_ranked_choice_voting_used

So far Maine since 2018 and Alaska this year.

We need this in all 50 states & D.C. - get rid of the party caucuses and do ranked choice for everything.   It would take the control back from the two parties.   Everyone who wants to run can run without a sponsor and everyone can vote for who they want instead of being stuck with reprobates sponsored by a party.

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Ranked choice voting is the way to go. What I tell all people who want third parties is that they really should focus their energy on getting ranked choice voting in place first. Without that, third parties will never be viable here.

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3 minutes ago, spartan max2 said:

Ranked choice voting is the way to go. What I tell all people who want third parties is that they really should focus their energy on getting ranked choice voting in place first. Without that, third parties will never be viable here.

I would prefer that, but if we can't then 15 parties would be better than two.

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