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Half-baked views

Our legislators voted for the new closed primary (HB 193) claiming it was because of a U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of the Democratic Party in California.
Voters scarce at polls

Election officials at three voting locations around Juneau say voter turnout was unusually low this morning. "This is probably the lowest we've ever seen," said Stuart Sliter, Douglas precinct chairman. Sliter, who has worked as an elections official for more than a decade, said the precinct representing Douglas historically has had one of the highest turnouts in the Juneau area.
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.
Alaska needs more Democrats

...which meant that Democrats did not have a needed part in our government. We have seen no action on our fiscal gap, the closed primary election, and no action on the important subsistence issue. Still today, many Republican candidates pledge not...
My turn: Alaska's leaders must follow state constitution

What do you do when your government breaks the law?
Digital democracy and partisan parochialism

...legislators and political parties will start seeing voters as their customers, make them a priority and work to change the closed primary system. Alaskans aren't interested in partisan politics; the state's primary election should be a reflection...
Setting the record straight

Alaskans are excited about their first female governor. Gov. Sarah Palin and Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell pledge to develop Alaska's resources (especially energy), to continue pushing construction of infrastructure, and to increase education and job opportunities - the same things Frank Murkowski said he'd do when he campaigned in 2002.
Who's Next?

...parties would have to change their party registration in order to vote Republican. But some Democrats counter that the closed primary would make Republican conservatives more powerful and increase the chance of a hard-right nominee, who then could...
My Turn: Election registration deadline nears

...over the last eight years. The only one I don't support will make its debut in the Aug. 27 primary - that's the closed primary law requiring six separate party ballots, one for each of the recognized parties. The Alaska Division of Elections...


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