Petition seeks advisory vote before changing Juneau's election process

    Election petition sponsor Ed King

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - In the wake of the Juneau Assembly's decision this week to proceed with by mail elections in the future, comes a petition that calls for the public to weigh in first with an advisory vote.

    Ed King is one of the sponsors.  "It's really just a way to make sure that the community is on board with the changes that the Assembly is proposing to make to our election system.  I think  there is no better time for direct democracy than having the discussion about how our democratic system should look."

    King says it seems like a little bit of a  conflict of interest to have Juneau's elected officials be the ones to decide how our election process should be.  "All I want is more involvement from the public before we make these major changes to the way that we vote."

    The petition was filed with the CBJ Clerk Thursday.  The clerk has 15 days to review the petition.  If approved, King's group would have 30 days to gather 3,000 signatures to place the question on ironically what will be a by mail ballot come this October.

    The Assembly rejected the idea of an advisory vote at its meeting Monday.


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