| Alex Bengel | MSN |
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) – In January, the Alaska Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of Ballot Measure 2, also referred to as “ranked choice voting”, which was voted into law in 2020.
On Friday, October 21, the court released their opinion on the case, in which they addressed the concerns raised by a lawsuit challenging the new voting system.
The court found these claims were unsubstantiated…
Among a host of claims, the lawsuit alleged the new voting law interfered with a political party’s freedom of association by holding an open primary, and allowing candidates to affiliate themselves with a party without that party’s consent.
It also claimed the ballot measure violated the state constitution’s method for electing the governor and lieutenant governor.
The lawsuit went on to assert the new system places a burden on voters’ ability to make a knowledgeable choice, and that the candidate with the greatest number of votes doesn’t win in a ranked-choice election, going against the state’s constitution.
The court found these claims were unsubstantiated, or were outweighed by the proposed benefits of the measure.