Two ballot measures that conservatives warned would have crippled Alaska’s economy and compromised state elections appear to have been rejected by voters.

With nearly 82% of precincts reporting, Ballot Measure 2, which would have done away with party primaries and introduced a complicated ranked-choice voting scheme, was failing by nearly 23,000 votes or 56.8% to 43.1%. Ballot Measure 1, which sought to levy increased taxes on oil companies, was failing by nearly 50,000 votes (64.8% to 35.1%).

Both measures were supported by outside entities which poured millions into the election. While the measures were failing on election night, there are still many more election-day votes to tally, along with roughly 120,000 absentee, questioned and early ballot that won’t be tallied until Nov. 10.

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Initial returns: Alaskans rejecting measures to overhaul elections and tax oil companies

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.