Ranked choice voting has changed how candidates campaign, and how Alaskans vote. It’s also changed the pace of the election cycle.
Palin called Alaska’s ranked choice voting system “unAmerican” and cast blame on fellow Republicans for splitting the vote.
Political consultant Jim Lottsfeldt says that in general, candidates who better align with the political center will appeal to more voters than candidates in lockstep with either partisan base.
The friction between the two candidates is barely concealed, and sometimes not at all.
Most people who used ranked choice voting for the first time this August thought the process was simple, but many still had questions about why we have it in the first place.
Neither candidate has engaged in negative campaigning so far, and they don’t appear likely to start.
The outcome of the special election to fill the remainder of Don Young’s term will be announced on Wednesday.
It’s unlikely Begich will overtake Palin for second place.
Poll workers said they felt prepared to help voters navigate both ranked choice voting and the open primary on the other side of the ballot.
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