Challenge of Ranked Choice Voting heard by Alaska Supreme Court

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Alaska Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday to the challenge of Alaska's ranked choice voting election system scheduled to take effect in this year's balloting.

    The legal challenge is brought by the Alaska Independence Party, Party Chair Robert Bird, and Anchorage Attorney Ken Jacobus.

    They appealed a Superior Court decision that upheld the ballot measure approved by voters called for the change.  Plaintiffs argued that the change is unconstitutional while counsel for the Division of Elections claimed that plaintiffs did not identify any constitutional flaws.   

    At the end of the hearing, Chief Justice Daniel Winfree said they will take the matter under advisement and try to render a prompt decision.

    Again the new system is scheduled to take effect in time for the Primary election in August.



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