Dems, GOP agree – ‘Better Elections’ not better at all
It is worth noting that Alaska Democrats and the Alaska Republican Party oppose an Outside-generated initiative to gut Alaska’s election system.
“Non-partisan” groups such as Represent.US and its partner, Unite America have contributed, more than $1.2 million to support voter adoption of Alaskans for Better Elections’ complicated, convoluted 25-page ballot initiative.
If successful, it would institute ranked-choice voting, open or “jungle” primaries to benefit fringe and leftist candidates, and allow your vote to go to someone you detest. It would limit campaign contributions and, additionally, candidates no longer would be required to disclose a political affiliation when their names go onto the ballot. It would allow a candidate to deceive voters.
Worse, it would do all that without the first whisper from the Legislature. No debate. No vetting. No compromise.
The former head of the Democratic Party, Kay Brown, told the House State Affairs Committee this week the proposal “is not going to improve transparency. Labels mean something and parties mean something.”
She added the measure is confusing and “impacts all Alaskans and fundamental voting rights.”
Alaska Republican Party Chairman Glenn Clary said the “Better Elections” initiative is unconstitutional and would destroy the election process in Alaska.
“This initiative is anything but ‘better,’” he said. “The proposed initiative is extremely inferior compared to Alaska’s current election system. This proposed ballot initiative is a recipe for disaster and will destroy the very foundations of freedoms that this great state was founded upon.”
The initiative was “conceived in private by a select elite few whose desire is to dismantle and destroy all that sovereign Alaskans hold dear regarding their election system,” he said.
The effort to eviscerate Alaska’s election process is sponsored by former independent state Rep. Jason Grenn, Bonnie L. Jack, and former Gov. Tony Knowles’ attorney general, Bruce Botelho.
Grenn, if you will recall, is an Anchorage Republican-cum-independent who caucused with the House Democrat majority and was dumped at the polls in 2018.
It should be clear that the reason the Better Elections folks do not want to have an open discussion about their proposed changes to the election system is they know Alaskans would smell a rat and it would have no chance of passage by the Legislature.
While the two major parties rarely agree, it is good they see the initiative for what it is – a special interests attack on our electoral system.