ALASKA'S ELECTIONS ARE READY FOR REFORM.
Let’s move Alaska forward together. A better future for Alaska begins with better elections.
Ballot Measure Two combines three common sense electoral reforms for a better Alaska. It ends the influence of dark money; opens primaries to all voters; and allows voters in the general election to rank candidates in the order of their preference.
These nonpartisan reforms are designed to put the power of Alaska’s electoral system back into the hands of voters where it belongs – not in the hands of special interests or party elites.
Alaskans deserve to know who is spending money to influence our votes.
A Yes on 2 would require additional reporting for groups that raise and spend unlimited amounts of money on campaigns in Alaska. These groups would be required to disclose the true sources behind large donations in real-time. If it passes, politicians will no longer be able to receive unlimited secret money from wealthy special interests to support their campaigns. Candidates can still take donations, but they’ll have to tell us where it came from and where their obligations lie.
Over 60% of Alaska voters choose not to register as Republicans or Democrats. Our elections should be as independent as our voters.
Our current primary system is partisan and denies voters real choice, even though these elections are paid for by state money. Voters, especially non-partisan voters, are forced to pick one ballot or the other meaning that only a small group end up choosing the candidates that appear on the general election ballot.
A Yes on 2 would give every voter access to a single primary ballot that lists all the candidates, boosting voter turnout and reducing partisanship in the process.
Ranked-choice voting at the general election is a simple update that gives us the option to rank up to four candidates in order of preference. This gives us more choice and returns power to the hands of Alaskans, where it belongs.
In the current system, we are faced with the prospect of strategic voting, choosing between the lesser of two evils, and otherwise voting against someone we might really dislike instead of a candidate who would put the interests of Alaskans first, ahead of lobbyists and party politics.
We still rank our favorite #1 and hope they win, but no longer have to worry about wasting our vote on someone we know won’t win. This let’s us express our true preference, and also provide the Division of Elections our second (or third or fourth) choice if our favorite isn’t supported by a majority.
A Yes on 2 ensures that every winning candidate has received a majority of votes cast. We deserve a government that works for Alaskans, not for lobbyists, special interests, or a party establishment.