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Alaska Division of Elections begins second round of mock ranked-choice election

The results are in for the first round of a mock election held by the Alaska Division of...
The results are in for the first round of a mock election held by the Alaska Division of Elections.(Alex Bengel/KTVF)
Updated: Jun. 18, 2021 at 4:45 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The results are in for the first round of a mock election held by the Alaska Division of Elections.

The election is being held to educate Alaskans about ranked choice voting and demonstrate how the process works.

In the first round, which ended on Tuesday, June 15th, participants were asked to choose their favorite Alaskan seafood. This demonstrates the primary election.

Nearly 4000 Alaskans made their voice heard online, and the top 4 candidates were Pollock, Scallops, King Crab and King Salmon.

These fish have moved on to the second round, where voters can now rank them in order of preference. This will represent the general election.

Earlier this month, Director of Elections Gail Fenumiai discussed the goals for the mock election, saying “This is just an educational tool. This is not how votes will show up, how results, unofficial results will display on election night. This is just an educational tool. Ballots will still be counted in the same manner that they were in the 2020 primary election, and unofficial results will be available after polls close on election day.”

The online poll closes on June 30th at 5:00 p.m.

Ranked-choice voting is scheduled to be enacted in statewide elections starting in 2022.

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