Alaska Supreme Court upholds electoral reform

This order, with an opinion to follow, makes clear that Alaska will be using its new electoral system (nonpartisan primary, with top four candidates on the general election ballot and the winner based on ranked-choice ballots using Instant Runoff Voting) this year. It will be important to watch the campaign unfold under this new system, as well as the results it delivers. It’s also useful, I think, to imagine all the other elections to be held this year and to ask: to what extent would those campaigns, and outcomes, be different if those other elections were conduced using Alaska’s new system?

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