LISTEN: Primaries or ranked choice? Vote Yes and Vote No make their case on Ballot Measure 2.

Voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s primary election at Glacier Valley Baptist Church in Juneau. (Andrew Kitchenman/KTOO)

This election season, in addition to voting on candidates, Alaskans will also decide on ballot initiatives. Ballot measure 2 seeks to make changes to the state’s election structure by replacing the political party primary and by selecting candidates through ranked choice voting. There would also be campaign finance disclosure changes. What would it mean for elections and what do you need to know about the measure before voting on it? We’ll hear from supporters and opponents on the next Talk of Alaska.

HOST: Lori Townsend

  • Brett W Huber, Sr., Campaign Manager, Defend Alaska Elections – Vote No on 2
  • Shea Siegert, Campaign Manager, Alaskans for Better Elections – Vote Yes on 2
  • Leighan Gonzales, Chair, Protect Our Elections – Vote No on 2
  • Rachel Kallander, Consultant to the Campaign, Alaskans for Better Elections – Vote Yes on 2


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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, Sept 29, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.
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Lori Townsend is the News Director for Alaska Public Media. She has worked in print and broadcast journalism for nearly 30 years. Radio brought her to Alaska, where she worked as a broadcast trainer for Native fellowship students at Koahnic Broadcasting before accepting a reporting/host position with APRN in 2003. APRN merged with Alaska Public Media a year later. Through her freelance work, she has produced news and feature stories nationally and internationally for Independent Native News, National Native News, NPR , Pacifica, Monitor Radio, Radio Netherlands and AIROS. Townsend is the recipient of numerous awards for her work from the Alaska Press Club, the Native American Journalists Association and a gold and a silver reel award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. 

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