“As former elected officials from different parties, we’ve had our share of disagreements. But we are united in our belief that the Better Elections initiative would be bad for our state. Alaskans shouldn’t have to doubt that their votes count.”
- Governor Sean Parnell (R) & Senator Mark Begich (D)
Wall Street Journal
July 23, 2020
Defend Alaska Elections is a coalition of community leaders across the political spectrum—Democrat, Republican, and Nonpartisan voters—opposed to the radical changes Ballot Measure 2 would bring to our election system.
Like all Alaskans, we have divergent views on many issues. But we’re united on this crucial point: if we don’t like the status quo, we need to change our leaders, not the way we elect them.
The survival of democracy depends on having an election system voters believe is transparent and fundamentally fair. If the results aren’t seen as legitimate, democracy crumbles—and all Alaskans will be losers. Please join our effort to defend fair elections in Alaska.
Ballot Measure 2 would force Alaskans to elect political leaders using so-called “ranked choice voting” (RCV) in which voters assign a rank to multiple candidates, rather than voting for just one. It results in many voters having their ballots thrown out, and leads to candidates “winning” without a majority of the votes cast!
Alaska's elections are easy to understand: each Alaskan gets one vote, and the candidate with the most votes wins.
Ballot Measure 2 would throw out Alaska’s entire system for conducting elections, and replace it with a dangerous scheme that has failed in other states.