'No' preference

Letter to the Editor

Posted: Monday, August 05, 2002

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.

Marianne Mills

Vice President

League of Women Voters of Alaska


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