Alaskans for Honest Elections, Phil Allen Izon II, has submitted 42,000 signatures to repeal ranked-choice voting

In a battle for the future of Alaska’s electoral system, Alaskans for Honest Elections has submitted petitions with approximately 42,000 signatures to the Division of Elections. The group aims to repeal the state’s ranked-choice voting (RCV) system, which was implemented in 2022. Alaskans for Honest Elections claims to have surpassed the required number of signatures by 150%, demonstrating widespread opposition to RCV.

However, the road ahead won’t be easy for Alaskans seeking electoral reform. They face formidable opposition from outside influences, with dark money pouring in from Washington, D.C. and other Democratic-aligned groups. The Sixteen-Thirty Fund, labeled as “Dark Money” even by the New York Times, is one such group that has been instrumental in promoting RCV across the nation.

Alaska’s adoption of ranked-choice voting has made it a poster child for Democrats who advocate for its alleged merits. These proponents, backed by deep pockets, are determined to prevent any rollbacks of RCV in Alaska and are simultaneously pushing for its expansion into other states.

Alaskans for Honest Elections, on the other hand, takes pride in its grassroots approach. The group mobilized a team of 700 volunteers, all Alaskans, to gather signatures. They emphasize the stark contrast between their homegrown efforts and the out-of-state firm hired by their opponents, who flew in professional signature gatherers from around the country.

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What’s at stake here goes beyond the repeal of a voting system. The battle over RCV in Alaska is symbolic of a larger struggle for control over the electoral process and the direction of our democracy. It raises important questions about the influence of outside money in shaping local policies and highlights the dangers of allowing distant interests to dictate Alaska’s future.

The Division of Elections now faces the task of verifying the validity of the signatures submitted by Alaskans for Honest Elections. They must ensure that each signatory is a registered voter in Alaska and that their names correspond to the district they claim to reside in.

The timeline for when the repeal of ranked-choice voting will appear on the ballot depends on the adjournment of the Alaska Legislature this year. If successful, Alaskans may have the opportunity to vote on the repeal during either the primary or general election.

The outcome of this battle will have a lasting impact on Alaskans and their democratic rights. It is crucial for citizens to stay informed and engaged in the process. Here are some considerations for Alaskans:

  1. Educate yourself: Understand the implications of ranked-choice voting and its potential effects on Alaska’s political landscape. Engage in thoughtful discussions with others to foster a better understanding of the issue.
  2. Spread awareness: Share information about the repeal efforts and the influence of outside money on social media platforms, community forums, and conversations with friends and family. Encourage others to actively participate in the democratic process.
  3. Support local initiatives: Get involved with local organizations that advocate for transparency, accountability, and fair elections. By joining forces with like-minded individuals, you can amplify your collective voice and effect positive change.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: What is ranked-choice voting (RCV)?
A: Ranked-choice voting is a system that allows voters to rank candidates in order of preference. It aims to ensure that the elected candidate has majority support by eliminating the need for separate runoff elections. Instead, votes are redistributed based on the preferences indicated by voters until a candidate reaches the majority threshold.

Q: Why are Alaskans seeking to repeal ranked-choice voting?
A: Some Alaskans believe that ranked-choice voting is not the best system for their state. Concerns include its complexity, potential for unintended consequences, and the influence of outside interests in promoting its adoption.

Q: Who is funding the effort to maintain ranked-choice voting in Alaska?
A: Dark money from groups such as the Sixteen-Thirty Fund, which is linked to Arabella Advisors, is pouring into Alaska to support the preservation of ranked-choice voting. These groups have a vested interest in maintaining RCV and expanding its reach to other states.

The ongoing battle between Alaskans for Honest Elections and the proponents of ranked-choice voting carries significant implications for Alaska’s electoral system and the influence of outside money in local politics. It is crucial for Alaskans to stay engaged, informed, and actively participate in the democratic process. Let us remember the words of Proverbs 11:3, “The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.

My heros are people that have lived their lives for something greater something that no one could possibly understand..

Phil Allen Izon II, 2010

Stay tuned for updates on this developing story and continue to champion transparent and accountable elections.

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