2022 Open Elections & Ranked Choice Voting
A vote is a vote: people experiencing homelessness’ voices matter as equally as everyone else’s at the polls.
Remember to Vote - August 16, 2022!Election Day is August 16, 2022, for the “Pick 1 Primary” and the Special General Election to fill the remainder of Representative Don Young’s term, and both elections are on the same ballot.
Polls are open from 7:00am until 8:00pm. On one side of the ballot is the “Pick 1 Primary.” Voters will select their one favorite candidate for each of the races on that side of the ballot. The top 4 vote getters in each race will advance to the General Election on November 8, 2022. On the other side of the ballot is the ranked choice Special General Election to fill the remainder of Representative Don Young’s term. In this race, voters will rank candidates in order of preference.
The August 16, 2022 election will be a poll-based election. Due to redistricting, many House and Senate Districts, as well as polling locations, have changed. The Division of Elections mailed new voter ID cards to all Alaskan voters this summer. The voting card informs voters of their House and Senate Districts as well as their precinct number.
Watch a Short Video on Ranked Choice Voting
The nonpartisan Alaskans for Better Elections Foundation (ABE) is dedicated to providing public education and research about how Alaska-style elections work. The foundation is governed by a board of directors that includes Alaskans with diverse political views from every corner of the state.
ACEH is facilitating training for our members and local providers, to equip them to effectively educate houseless individuals on ranked choice voting and their rights.
Please reach out if your organization is interested in training.
Providing the opportunity for voting equity.
Why is ranked choice voting education important?
Persons experiencing homelessness are focused on acquiring what they need for survival on a day-to-day basis. Actively seeking out information on the new process of ranked choice voting probably will not be on that list. Our goal is to equip direct-service providers to educate their clients on ranked choice voting.
Ranked choice voting allows voters to rank candidates in the general election in order of preference, which gives voters more voice in their representation and ensures candidates win office with majority support.
View AK DIVISION OF ELECTIONS SAMPLE BALLOT
View Ranked Choice Voting Q&As
Empowering voters over party elites.
What is ranked choice voting?
Ranked choice voting really is as simple as 1-2-3-4. Under the measure, the four candidates who receive the most votes in the nonpartisan primary would advance to the general election where Alaskans could rank candidates for each office in order of preference, or pick one, as they do now.
When ballots are counted, if a candidate receives more than 50 percent of the first choices, they would be declared the winner. If not, the candidate with the fewest first choices would be eliminated, and the voters who ranked that candidate first would have their second choice counted when the ballots are tabulated again. This process continues until a candidate emerges with majority support.* Learn More
*These answers are from the Alaskans for Better Elections website.
Ranked Choice Voting Town Hall
The Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness will be presenting at the June 23 Homeless Prevention and Response Advisory Council. The presentation will include a Ranked Choice Voting mock-election.
This Presentation will be recorded and available on the organization’s YouTube channel.
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Training Tools & Resources
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VIRTUAL MOCK ELECTION
AK DIVISION OF ELECTIONS SAMPLE BALLOT
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The Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness publishes a very informative weekly newsletter.