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Implementation of Ballot Measure 2 begins in Alaska

Published: Mar. 18, 2021 at 4:13 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Alaska Division of Elections (DOE) has begun implementing a new system of voting in the state this month.

With the passage of Ballot Measure 2 in November, Alaska voted to open primaries and begin ranked choice voting starting in 2022.

Implementation involves updating candidate forms and educating the public on what to expect in the coming years.

DOE Director Gail Fenumiai said, “There are numerous forms and policies and procedures and regulations that the department is needing to look at and update and revise - lots of preliminary work looking at processes to see what needs to change.”

Under this election system, there will be one primary for all voters, and general elections will have a maximum of 4 candidates for each race.

According to Fenumiai, the ballot tabulation system must be able to accommodate ranked choice voting. “There’s a software package that would be added to our ballot tabulation system. The ballots have to be scanned by a precinct scanner to capture an image, and then those images are used to perform the subsequent rounds of ranked choice voting.”

The first election to see these changes will be the August 16th, 2022 primary.

Alaska is only the second state to adopt ranked choice voting, after the state of Maine.

More information about the new voting system can be found at the Division of Elections website.

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