Sightline Institute conducted this analysis of Alaska’s voting system. Key findings:
- In 2022, Alaska held its first elections with open primaries and ranked choice voting.
- Sightline analyzed the diversity of Alaska legislative classes from 2008 to 2022 in four areas: political party, age, gender, and race.
- Independent candidates clearly benefitted the most from rules that put them on a level playing field with major party candidates, winning more representation than ever before.
- Other groups—younger candidates, women candidates, and candidates of color—either gained seats or held onto previous gains, most likely due to demographic change and other factors.
- Overall, the system didn’t change the fact that Republicans still hold the most political sway in Juneau.