League of Women Voters of Alaska endorses Ballot Measure 2

The League of Women Voters of Alaska has officially endorsed Ballot Measure 2, a voter initiative that seeks to reform how Alaska’s elections work and increase oversight on dark money.

In a post to its Facebook page on Sunday, the nonpartisan political organization that works to inform voters and increase voter turnout said the measure “has the potential to create more authentic representation among our diverse communities and to break through the barriers holding back women, people of color, young people and other historically marginalized groups from getting involved in politics.”

Ballot Measure 2 would implement open primaries that advance the top four candidates regardless of party to the general election as well as ranked choice voting in the state’s general elections, requiring the winner have the support of a majority of voters. Backers of the measure say it would help pry control of the slate of general election candidates away from political parties.

“Our current election system limits competition, making it difficult for challengers to win. Better government and public policy depends upon elected officials who lead from values, are willing to work together and explore options, and truly understand the unique needs of the communities they represent,” the League of Women Voters said in its endorsement. “Ballot Measure 2 will ensure that voters are empowered with more choices on Election Day – both by creating a single unified primary ballot open to all voters, regardless of party affiliation, and by instituting ranked choice voting in general elections.”

In addition to measures seeking greater transparency on dark money contributions, which would require independent expenditure groups targeting candidate elections to disclose the “true source” of the money. This is an effort to target dark money groups that help mask contributions from individuals and companies.

The endorsement was celebrated by Yes on 2 for Better Elections, the group backing the measure, which released a statement praising the League of Women Voters.

“Since its founding in 1920, the League of Women Voters has been the gold standard for electoral policies and reforms which promote a more transparent and fair democratic system,” said campaign manager Shea Siegert in a prepared statement. “They carefully and thoughtfully consider all of the implications of proposed electoral issues before committing their strong, nonpartisan voice. The Yes on 2 for Better Elections campaign is excited that the League of Women Voters of Alaska’s review finds that Ballot Measure 2 is a strong benefit in the fight for better representation of all Alaska’s diverse communities.”

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