Alaskans for Better Elections is a ballot committee that's working to put the power of Alaskan elections in the hands of Alaskan voters to make our elections more open, transparent, and fair.
We live in a moment where our elections are awash in secret money, where transparency, access, and voter participation are overshadowed by divisive partisan politics all while our government watchdogs are under-funded and under-resourced.
But we have the power to fix our system.
The Alaskans for Better Elections initiative would…
Alaskans deserve to know whose money is seeking to influence their vote.
The initiative would require additional reporting for groups that raise and spend unlimited amounts of money. These groups would be required to disclose the true sources behind large donations in real-time. That means no more hidden Outside money.
Our current primary system is partisan and denies voters real choices—and yet it's paid for by state money. Under the current system, political parties get to choose who can vote in their primary elections. Voters, especially non-partisan voters, are forced to pick one ballot or the other meaning that only a small group of primary voters end up choosing the candidates that appear on the general election ballot. The initiative would give every voter access to a single primary ballot that lists all candidates, boosting voter turnout and reducing partisanship in the process.
Ranked choice voting increases civility in politics and gives voters more choice to express themselves on the ballot. Instead of having to worry about picking between the "lesser of two evils,"—known as the spoiler effect—voters rank their first, second, and third choice candidates.
The adjustment ensures that every winning candidate has received a majority of votes cast. When votes are counted, if no candidate receives a majority of all the first-choice votes, then the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated. If a voter’s first choice is eliminated, their vote transfers to their next choice. This process repeats until one candidate has received a majority of votes, and is declared the winner.