Art Mathias is leading an effort to have ranked-choice voting on the ballot in 2024 — but this time to get rid of the system, which was approved by voters in 2020, 51% to 49%, and used for the first time in 2022.
Democrat U.S. Rep. Mary Peltola maintained her lead Wednesday afternoon--pulling slightly ahead-- after first-choice votes were tallied overnight and throughout the day. Peltola holds a large lead in the race with more votes over the current second-place candidate, former Gov. Sarah Palin who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump.
While some candidates built insurmountable leads in the results posted on Election Night by the Division of Elections, many others will have to wait weeks until the second-place votes of eliminated candidates are redistributed.
The only ballot measure to come before Alaskan voters this year has also been the center of controversy. The issue is whether voters will approve a constitutional convention, which only comes on the ballot once every 10 years. So far, it has never been enacted, but people on both sides of the issue feel it could go either way this time and speculate on what will happen if it passes.
Both Democrats and Republicans are confident they can win the November mid-term elections because they claim they’ve each poached voters from regions where, traditionally, they don’t have a lot of support.
Candidates for Alaska’s open U.S. Senate seat participated in the Debate for the State Thursday evening. The three candidates running for U.S. Senate were pressed with questions about issues currently facing Alaska.
The Alaska Public Offices Commission has deferred a decision to their executive director in a non-expedited fashion concerning a complaint filed by two watchdog groups against the Republican Governor’s Association and A Stronger Alaska.
The Alaska Public Offices Commission voted 3-2 in favor of expediting a ruling on the most recent complaint filed by the Alaska Public Interest Research Group and the 907 Initiative, which alleges that the Republican Governor’s Association violated Alaska’s campaign finance laws.
Alaska’s News Source, Alaska Public Media and KTOO hosted a debate featuring all four gubernatorial candidates — Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy, Republican Charlie Pierce, Democrat Les Gara and nonpartisan former Gov. Bill Walker.
The Alaska Public Offices Commission heard final arguments alleging that Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s reelection campaign illegally coordinated with current staff and the Super PAC A Stronger Alaska on Friday.
Superior Court Judge Jack McKenna issued a decision in Randall Kowalke’s legal challenge of Wasilla Rep. David Eastman’s eligibility for elected office, partially granting Kowalke’s request for a preliminary injunction, and ordering the Division of Elections to delay certification of House District 27 election results until the case has been settled.
Superior Court Judge Jack McKenna heard arguments from the Division of Elections and legal counsel for Rep. David Eastman and Randall Kowalke on a preliminary injunction filed by Kowalke’s lawyer — Savanah Fletcher of the Northern Justice Project — to remove Eastman from the November general election ballot.
Alaska Superior Court Judge Jack McKenna ruled Monday that the Division of Elections is required to enforce a provision of the Alaska Constitution that disqualifies from office any “person who advocates, or who aids or belongs to any party or organization or association which advocates, the overthrow by force or violence of the government of the United States or of the State...”
On Wednesday, two watchdog groups filed a complaint with the Alaska Public Offices Commission alleging that Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s campaign for reelection had committed “unprecedented violations of Alaska’s campaign finance laws.” Dunleavy’s campaign has responded to the complaint.
Ending cancer as we know it. President Biden will give a speech Monday in Boston on his plan to find a cure for the disease. What the White House says we can expect to hear about the president’s ‘Cancer Moonshot.’
The American Civil Liberties Union and others have filed a lawsuit against Lieutenant Gov. Kevin Meyer and Department of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai in Superior Court for the right to a ballot-curing process in Alaskan elections.