February 13, 2022

OPINION: Ranked-choice voting, Les Gara and Alaska’s future

By Daniel Fisher | Anchorage Daily News, February 13, 2022

I’m 17, and I’ll get to cast my first ballot this November. I plan to vote for Les Gara for governor, and I hope you do, too. I’m excited to vote, because not only is Alaska at a real crossroads politically, but this will also be our first ranked-choice election. While I’ve never voted before, Alaskans have never voted ranked-choice, so in some ways we’re all equally unpracticed. Allow me to share what I know: Many people have favorite candidates and second favorite candidates in these elections — ranked-choice voting means you don’t have to try to decode which one has a better chance to win. Basically, you can rank candidates like they’re mushing in the Iditarod — first, second, third and so on — on your ballot. Here’s how I’ll do it:

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