Abortion rights supporters urge ‘no’ votes on question, while abortion opponents seek changes to constitution.
The majority of funding in a campaign to oust Alaska Supreme Court Justice Susan Carney comes from outside Alaska.
The race centers on incumbent David Eastman, who is so polarizing that some lawmakers say he played a big role in blocking his own party from forming a majority in his chamber last year.
Anchorage voters defeated a bill that would have banned transgender people from using bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity. In just six years, Anchorage voters flipped on LGBT issues.
Tuesday is the last day to submit ballots in Anchorage’s first-ever vote-by-mail election. Amid a packed slate of propositions and candidates, one particularly controversial measure has drawn the lion’s share of campaign money.
Anchorage voters will decide next spring how public bathrooms are going to be regulated. According to the municipal clerk’s office, a citizens’ initiative has gathered enough signatures from supporters to go before voters on the April 3 ballot in 2018.
A coalition of groups called Fair Anchorage that is opposed to the measure plans to mount a public education campaign over the next several months.
Advocates for keeping the judges say opposition to the judges could harm the state’s tradition of choosing and keeping judges based on merit.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski voted to advance the defunding measure also, but she says she doesn’t want to see Planned Parenthood’s funding removed without an investigation.
Lawmakers expect bills on social issues, like abortion, to get less attention than last cycle.