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Change voting laws before changing the Constitution

...individuals and parties, others more insightfully focused on institutional rules, such as the role of gerrymandering, closed primaries and campaign spending.Others went further. Comparative politics scholar Juan Linz famously demonstrated that presidential...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2013-11-03/change-voting-laws-changing-constitut
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4-day school week pilot progam among prefiled bills

...prefiled by Rep. Max Gruenberg, D-Anchorage, would change Alaska's system of pitting party nominees selected in closed primary contests against one another in the general election, moving to a open primary system under which the top two vote-getters...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2013-01-08/4-day-school-week-pilot-progam-among-pr
State
Empire editorial: Murkowski's write-in bid gives more choice to Alaskans

...participate in August's Republican primary. More than 20 percent could not, locked out by the state's semi-closed primary system. A serious write-in candidacy, backed by a genuine and well-funded get-out-the-vote machine, allows...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/092310/opi_711183508.shtml
Opinion
My turn: Empire makes curious statements in support of Murkowski's write-in bid

...Senate race. The Empire's cockamamie argument that Alaska's voters were "locked out by the state's semi-closed primary system" ignores the fact voters who wanted to vote for Murkowski had every opportunity to do so. They chose the...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/092710/opi_712557203.shtml
Opinion
Seven legislative candidates bow out of August primary

...quit and support GOP gubernatorial candidate Frank Murkowski. This will be the first year that all parties vote in a closed primary system, which was approved by the Legislature in 2001. There will be six ballots at the polls and Alaskans registered...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/071202/sta_legprimary.shtml
News
My Turn: Preferential voting costly, complicated

As if the new closed primary voting system won't be enough to thoroughly complicate Alaska elections, a largely untested voting process that threatens drastic...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/080902/opi_myturn.shtml
Opinion
Half-baked views

...legislators voted for the new closed primary (HB 193) claiming it was because...people I've talked with think a closed primary is more beneficial to political...Non-partisan when faced with this closed primary. Some people suggest we protest...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/081902/let_letter2.shtml
Opinion
Green, Libertarian candidates challenge Young

...S. House seat held by Republican Rep. Don Young. Rob Clift is the Libertarian Party candidate. With the new closed primary system, their names will appear only on ballots of party members, or those who chose their party's ballot. But...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/082202/sta_leghouserace.shtml
News
New ballot irks voters

...possibly because they're familiar with similar closed primaries in other states, Webb said. "I seem to hear more...crossing over to weaken their slate, pushed for a closed primary for years and won the right to have one for their...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/082602/sta_ballot.shtml
News
GOP mailing spurs 5% party switch

...records from the state Division of Elections. Alaska replaced its single-ballot blanket primary system with a new closed primary. Each of the state's six political parties will have its own ballot Tuesday. But the parties agreed to allow a...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/082602/sta_gop.shtml
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