Alaskans have the opportunity to vote on a ballot initiative this November that would make sweeping changes to the state’s elections, including adopting a top four Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) system. The Alaska Supreme Court recently ruled that the initiative is legal, guaranteeing its place on the ballot.
If the initiative passes, Alaska’s congressional, state legislative, and state executive elections would be conducted using an open primary where the top four vote getters advance to the general election. General elections for those offices and for President and Vice President would be conducted through RCV. The initiative also seeks to curb ‘dark money’ in the state by setting up stricter requirements for groups to disclose the true sources of money they spend on elections.
ITS OFFICIAL! Alaska voters will have the opportunity to vote to improve the transparency and effectiveness of our state elections. "We’re proud of the strong and growing support we’ve seen from Alaskans for these common-sense reforms.” #AKLEG #AKGOV #Alaska #Elections pic.twitter.com/nQgJidonaA— Alaskans for Better Elections (@Alaskans4ABE) March 10, 2020
The initiative is backed by Alaskans for Better Elections (ABE), which says it submitted over 41,000 signatures from across Alaska to get it on the ballot. ABE is chaired by former State Rep. Jason Grenn, an independent. The group includes both Democrats and Republicans in leadership roles.