Things This Election Will Decide That Have Nothing to Do With Trump or Biden

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ICYMI: Read this on Politico very four years, it happens: Coverage of the presidential campaign blots out the sun, throwing all the other important things happening in the election into shadow. But if the race between Donald Trump and Joe Biden is the main thing you’ve been paying attention to this season, then what November will actually decide might come …

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 …

Candidates aren’t the only things on the ballot. Here are some issues worth paying attention to.

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ICYMI: Read this on the Washington Post We should take a moment from our white-knuckled obsession with presidential horse race polls and the suddenly close Senate contests that could flip control of the chamber next year to remind ourselves that candidates aren’t the only things on the ballot in 2020. Almost entirely lost in the campaign coverage is that voters …

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 …

17 Ballot Initiatives to Reduce Inequality

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On November 3, voters in many states and cities will weigh in on a variety of inequality-related proposals, from taxing the wealthy to increasing worker and tenant protections ICYMI: Read this on Inequality.org While the presidential race has dominated the 2020 election, there are many other important decisions facing American voters. Here are 17 proposals on ballots around the country …

Ranked-choice voting makes its Oregon debut in Benton County and could become a state-wide initiative

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This system, where candidates are ranked by voters and must gain at least 50% of the vote, is gaining in popularity nationwide. ICYMI: Read this on KGW8 PORTLAND, Ore. — Many American voters have long been disillusioned with the two-party system but see voting for a third party as throwing their vote away. This is because the U.S. largely uses …