Opinion: Elections Should be free, fair and open

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ICYMI: Read this on the Juneau Empire By Bruce Botelho Ballot Measure 2 is about ending the influence of dark money, opening primary elections to all qualified voters and allowing voters in the general election to rank the candidates for each office according to their preference. These nonpartisan reforms have been tested in other states and resulted in increased voter …

Spending on ‘Better Elections’ ballot measure tops $7 million

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ICYMI: Read this on ADN The cost of campaigning for and against Ballot Measure 2 has risen above $7.1 million as vote-yes and vote-no groups plan additional ads and try to hold on to their existing TV spots in the remaining days before Election Day. If approved by voters, Ballot Measure 2 would combine Alaska’s two primary ballots into one, …

Alaska campaign regulator says conservative group is illegally campaigning against ‘Better Elections’ initiative

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ICYMI: Read this article on ADN The staff of the Alaska Public Offices Commission is recommending a fine of $8,065 against the Alaska Policy Forum for what it says was illegal campaigning against Ballot Measure 2. “APF has engaged in a recent burst of activity against ranked-choice voting as the November election approaches,” said Tom Lucas, APOC’s campaign disclosure coordinator, …

Letter: Election math

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ICYMI: Read this on the ADN Our current election system requires only a plurality winner, with no minimum percentage requirement. It works just dandy when there are only two candidates, because unless it’s a tie, the winner will have a majority anyway. But let’s say there are three candidates, and the election results for candidates A,B and C are 32%, …

Ballot Measure 2 Offers a Better Path for Rural Alaska

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ICYMI: Read this on Alaska Native News This November 3rd, we urge rural Alaskans to vote YES on Ballot Measure 2. Our current election system of closed primaries and uncompetitive general elections does a disservice to rural Alaskans. Ballot Measure 2 offers a better path forward. First, we’ve seen increased polarization and gridlock in Juneau in recent years, driven in …

Watch: Election reform supporters and opponents debate Alaska’s Ballot Measure 2

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ICYMI: Read this notice on ADN This week, the University of Alaska Anchorage held a debate on Ballot Measure 2, which voters will decide in the Nov. 3 election. The ballot measure would change Alaska’s election laws to end partisan primaries, introduce ranked-choice voting and expand disclosure requirements for campaign contributions. Watch the debate below: Scott Kendall, chair of Yes …

Letter: Make your vote matter

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ICYMI: Read this on ADN Who do you think wants your vote to matter, the League of Women Voters of Alaska (LWV) or Americans for Prosperity (AFP)? The LWV is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to informing Alaskan voters and encouraging voter participation. AFP is the dark-money vehicle of the infamous Koch brothers. LWV supports Ballot Measure 2. AFP doesn’t. …