Union bosses, liberal Democrats and extreme leftist radicals convinced a razor slim majority of Alaskans to back Ballot Measure 2 in 2020 – an election that was flooded with mail-in ballots that did not require witness verification to authenticate the voters.

Alaskans were sold the idea that it would “clean up our elections” by removing the influence of dark money from powerful outside special interests. This was the winning slogan that helped to pass the controversial ballot measure, which also ushered in a confusing and convoluted new ranked-choice voting scheme – developed by the political left to undermine conservative candidates.

Well, it turns out that Ballot Measure 2 is powerless to stem the tide of dark-money behemoths like the Sixteen Thirty Fund, which is now flooding the state with outside money in an attempt to squash efforts to call a statewide Constitutional Convention.

You might expect the left to decry such outside influence, but you’d be wrong. Ballot Measure 2 was never about curtailing dark money – especially when it benefits the left. That was a ruse to get Alaskans to back ranked choice voting.

We’re stuck with it for now, but every conservative candidate running for office should be asked at townhalls and candidate forums all across the state whether they will vote to repeal ranked-choice voting.

In the meantime, Alaskans have a chance to vote on whether to hold a constitutional convention on Nov. 8. While the dark money claims it’s dangerous, the smart money indicates otherwise.

The views expressed here are those of the author.

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OPINION: Dark money fooled Alaska once – don’t let it happen again

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.


  • Richard Russell says:

    Someone just needsto start a petition to repeal proposition 2. I’m sure there will be no trouble gathering signatures.

  • Natural Alaskan says:

    What has this state come to where there needs to be this much effort to get people involved in their own government? Most of the world’s people would give anything for an opportunity like this.

  • Mary says:

    Ranked Choice Voting only came to pass because of Dominion machines. I watched the tabulation count. It was doomed to failure until the count totally stopped for a minute or two, then spes rapidly ahead in the opposite direction. Hmmm, I wonder where in the U.S. we witnessed that same event take place? We must get rid of Dominion!

    • nwslj says:

      I completely agree Mary. Until we get rid of the electronic voting machines AND fix the rigged 2020 elections, how can we expect any future elections to be fair?

  • Akdale says:

    Vote yes for the convention and take our liberal state constitution and conservitize it 🙂

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Natural Alaskan, I agree! I was surprised to see how little the crowd was at my polling place for the August 16th Primary and Special Election to fill the empty congressional seat. People are tired and falling asleep again. We cannot fall asleep right now because we are at a do-or-forever-regret moment in our political history. Our state is at a tipping point where we are going to lose everything that we cherish about this state and we are going to lose everything we cherish about life! We The People are the ruling class, the state was created by The People, the federal government was created by The People to work for The People.