A Better Future Begins with Better Elections
yes on 2 for better elections
Ballot Measure 2 includes three commonsense election reforms to reduce partisanship and elect leadership committed to moving Alaska forward. It ends the secret influence of dark money, creates a single unified primary open to all voters, and empowers voters in the general election to rank candidates in order of preference. These simple, nonpartisan updates to how we choose our leaders will return the power of elections to its rightful place — with the voters.
Yes on 2 for Better Elections requires additional campaign finance reporting for groups and individuals who raise and spend unlimited amounts of “Dark Money” in Alaska’s campaigns. Under the proposed reforms, these groups would have to disclose the true sources behind those donations in real-time. Politicians would no longer be able to receive unlimited secret money from wealthy special interests who wish to hide their identities and motives. Candidates can still accept donations, but they’ll have to tell voters where the funds came from so voters can judge for themselves where the candidates loyalties lie.
For 50 years, Primary Day in Alaska was about voters, not parties. Voters could choose any candidate for any office under Alaska’s original primary system. It worked. But it was taken away by party insiders who wanted to restrict who could vote for particular candidates. Now, the two dominant parties control our primaries and limit which candidates Alaskans can choose. The result is candidates who do not reflect the majority of Alaskans. Politics is supposed to be an activity in which equals participate in making collective decisions. It’s time to restore a voter-first primary that allows all Alaskans to participate equally.
ranked choice voting
Our elected leaders should represent the will of the people. Too often, though, partisan gridlock, low turnout, and increased polarization result in a dysfunctional government incapable of—or unwilling to—address the issues that matter most to voters. Empowering voters to rank candidates in the general election ensures more candidates win office with the support of a majority of Alaskans. It gives voters more voice in their representation and more choice in the voting booth. Ranked choice voting is a simple change with a big impact.
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