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Half-baked views

...affiliation to Undeclared and Non-partisan when faced with this closed primary. Some people suggest we protest the closed primary by not voting on Aug. 27. Maybe a stronger statement would be made by picking up a third party ballot? Show the...
Voters scarce at polls

...system, but he added that many had expressed dissatisfaction with the new process. There was mixed reaction about the closed primary among voters exiting the polling locations. "I think it's nonsense," said Douglas resident Hans Peterson...
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

...Then the Republicans closed them again a few years ago. The column didn't specifically credit reinstating the closed primaries to the Republicans. This writer has received more compliments about a column that questioned practices of the...
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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