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

    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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