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Alaska Common Ground

Ballot Measure 2: Elections Initiative

Wednesday, October 14, 7 - 9 pm

Panelists For: 
  • Scott Kendall - Alaska Better Elections
  • Andrew Halcro - Former State Legislator
Panelists Against: 
  • Brett Huber - Defend Alaska Elections
  • Leighan Gonzales - Protect our Elections
Moderated by Thea Agnew Bemben of Agnew::Beck Consulting. Panelists' bios can be found on our website.
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Ballot Measure Two – The Elections Initiative

On the November 3 ballot, Measure Two is titled “An Act Replacing the Political Party Primary with an Open Primary System and Ranked-Choice General Election, and Requiring Additional Campaign Finance Disclosures”. This act has three basic components.
 
First, this act would get rid of the party primary system, and political parties would no longer select their candidates to appear on the general election ballot. Instead, this act would create an open nonpartisan primary where all candidates would appear on one ballot. The four candidates with the most votes in the primary election would have their names placed on the general election ballot.

Second, this act would establish ranked-choice voting for the general election. Voters would have the option to “rank” up to four candidates in order of choice.
 
Third, this act would also require additional disclosures for contributions to independent expenditure groups and relating to the sources of contributions. It would also require a disclaimer on paid election communications by independent expenditure groups funded by a majority of out of state money.
 
The group that drafted the ballot measure and organized to support the initiative is “Yes on Two – Alaskans for Better Elections”. There are two organized opposition groups,  “Defend Alaska Elections – Vote No on Two” and “Protect our Elections – No on Two”

The language that will appear on the ballot can be found here

The twenty-five page language in the initiative (the new and amended state statutes) can be found here
Watch the video from the discussion of Ballot Measure 1 held on Tuesday, October 6th. Panelists' bios and slides can be found on our website.

Ballot Measure One - The Oil Tax Initiative

On the November 3 ballot, Measure One is titled “An Act changing the oil and gas production tax for certain fields, units, and nonunitized reservoirs on the North Slope”. This initiative would change the oil and gas production tax for areas of the North Slope where a company produced more than 40,000 barrels of oil per day in the prior year and more than 400 million barrels total (larger North Slope oil fields). The act would also make all filings and supporting information relating to the calculation and payment of the new taxes “a matter of public record.”
 
The group that drafted the measure and organized to support the initiative is “Vote Yes for Alaska’s Fair Share”. The organized opposition group is “One Alaska – Vote No on One”.

Click here for the language that will appear on the ballot

Click here for the two page language of the initiative (the new state statute)

Watch the video from the discussion hosted by Alaska Common Ground on Oct 6th.

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