Alaska court upholds voter-approved election changes

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court has upheld as valid a voter-approved election system that would end party primaries in the state and institute ranked-choice voting in general elections.

    A brief order released Wednesday affirmed a lower court ruling from last year. A fuller opinion explaining the Supreme Court’s decision was expected later.  The ruling comes one day after the justices heard arguments in the case.

    The new system is unique among states and set to be used for this year’s elections. It is viewed by supporters as a way to encourage civility and cooperation among elected officials.

     

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