On Aug. 27, the voters will be asked to vote on only one ballot measure - whether or not Alaska should change to a "preferential voting" system. I urge all voters to vote "NO" on this primary election ballot measure for the following reasons:
Preferential voting would make the election process more confusing;
Preferential or "instant run-off" voting would cost the state a lot of money;
Instant run-off voting is not necessary in Alaska, since we do not even have run-off elections;
The proposed voting system would allow voters to cast a vote for more than one candidate and compromise the principle of "one person, one vote" established by the U.S. Supreme Court;
In an election where there are several candidates, the person who came in third when people's first choices were counted could win the election even though he/she was the top choice of a few.
Please go to the polls for the primary election on Aug. 27, if only to vote no on the ballot measure.
League of Women Voters of Alaska