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Election provides voters preview of legislative races

...incumbent Democrat Beth Kerttula will be a repeat of their face-off two years ago. Kerttula bested Race 3-1 in the 2000 primary and 2-1 in the general election for the district including Douglas Island, downtown, Lemon Creek and the airport...
My Turn: Voting for the future of Alaska

...primary election. It should attract a large number of voters, at least more than the 17.2 percent who balloted in the 2000 primary election. One reason for the expected higher percentage is because the state has purged its registration roll of...
Candidates: Meaning of primary results uncertain

The six candidates running for a seat in Juneau's legislative delegation - all of whom ran unopposed - are ready to kick their campaigns into high gear for the Nov. 5 general election. Though primary elections in the past have given an idea of how candidates would do in the general election, many legislative hopefuls are saying the vote tallies this year may be obscured by the new six-ballot primary.
Primary protest: Two parties sue to block new closed-ballot system

Green and Republican Moderate party officials filed a lawsuit today in an attempt to throw out the closed-primary system that irked so many voters on election day.
Juneau Empire Story Archive

Elton today introduced a bill and resolution aimed at restoring, at least in part, the "blanket" primary that was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court last year. "You can keep your own selection process," Elton said. "But you'll also have to pay for it."
Juneau Empire Story Archive

The U.S. Supreme Court recently invalidated California's blanket primary system, which was just like Alaska's system. In the California and Alaska primaries all the candidates of all parties appeared on one ballot and voters, regardless of party affiliation, could vote for any party's candidates.
Dems take another shot at revising state primary

Democratic legislators want to revisit the state's new system for the primary election, which otherwise will require six separate ballots.
When and how do endorsements matter?

...favored candidate and scar the candidacies they spurn.The telegraphic power of an endorsement was on display in the 2000 primaries when National Right to Life's support for Gov. George W. Bush provided pro-choice voters in South Carolina...
Elton wants GOP to pay for closed primaries

If Republicans want a closed primary election, they can pay for their own, says Juneau Democratic Sen. Kim Elton.
Figuring out the new closed primary

This year's Aug. 22 primary election will be different than the last one: there will be two ballots to choose from instead of just one.


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