Elections director outlines choices voters will have in Ranked Choice Voting system

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY)- Alaskans will get their first crack at ranked-choice voting in this year's general election on Tuesday, November 8.

    One question that's come up is if a voter has to make four choices for their vote to count.

    Elections Director Gail Fenumai tells News of the North that voters have the option to rank as many candidates as they choose or as few candidates they chose.  "So if someone just wants to rank one candidate, that's entirely their choice and that would be a valid vote," she said.  

    And voters would actually have a fifth choice, according to the election directors, who said there'll be a fifth space on the ballot for write-in votes because the ballot measure did not repeal write-ins in the general election.

    Voters would be asked to fill in the oval in column one for the candidate they would most like to win.  Their second choice would be selected in the second column and then so on.  For your vote to count, the Division of Elections, advises marking one oval in each row and one oval in each column.   

    A video explaining the new way of voting is outlined in a video on the Division of Election's website at https://www.elections.alaska.gov/



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