Alaska Division of Elections runs mock ranked-choice voting election online

Updated: Jun. 2, 2021 at 6:01 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Alaska Division of Elections is running a mock election online, asking voters to pick their favorite Alaskan seafood with the goal of educating Alaskans about ranked-choice voting.

The controversial voting system, which is set to be implemented in the 2022 statewide elections, involves an open primary where all candidates for each office appear on the same ballot.

The top four candidates from the primary go on to the general election, where voters can rank each candidate in order of preference.

For two weeks, the Division is asking residents to choose one seafood to demonstrate how primary elections will work.

“The top 4 vote getter from that best seafood primary would then advance to a mock ranked-choice voting general election which we will have in the days following, and then voters will be able to go in and rank their choices and then see how the different tabulation rounds would take place at the end of the voting period,” Director of Elections Gail Fenumiai said.

The current round of voting will close at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15.

This mock election is the first in a series being put on by the Division of Elections.

You can vote in the mock election and find more information about ranked-choice voting here.

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