By AlaskaWatchman.com

Has Ballot Measure 2 allowed Alaskan voters to express their true preferences without fear of accidentally helping other candidates?  Has it ended the secret influence of dark money? When will we learn how BM2 aligns with the Alaska Constitution and U.S. Constitution?  These are the main questions that will be explored in an upcoming luncheon by the Alaska Lawyers Chapter in Anchorage.

Daniel Suhr

Entitled “Alaska Election Reforms on Display: Ranked Choice Voting, Dark Money, and the Law,” the event takes place on Sept. 28, 12 p.m., at the Glacier Brewhouse (737 W. Avenue) in Anchorage.

The main speaker is Daniel Suhr, managing attorney at the Liberty Justice Center, a nonpartisan, non-profit organization with a mission to fight “for the constitutional rights of American families, workers, advocates and entrepreneurs.”

Suhr represents parents and schools to advance education reform, protect privacy and free speech, and help Americans fighting back against the advance of cancel culture. He formerly worked as policy director for Governor Scott Walker.

The upcoming talk will review what has happened in Alaska since a slim majority of voters passed Ballot Measure 2 on Nov. 30, 2020. That vote ushered in a new statewide system of ranked-choice voting and enacted the strictest campaign finance disclosure rules in the country.

The ranked-choice system promised to reduce partisan elections and let voters express their true preferences without fear of accidentally helping elect candidates they don’t support. It also promised to end the secret influence of dark money.

After being challenged in state court, the Alaska Supreme Court upheld the legality of ranked-choice voting.

“The Alaska Supreme Court upheld ranked-choice voting immediately after hearing oral argument, but eight months later, the public still awaits the Court’s opinion,” a notice on Alaska Lawyers Chapter website states. “The campaign-finance disclosure rules are pending consideration in federal district court, but we likely won’t see the final disposition until next year or the year after.”

The group highlights the fact that Alaskans are still watching these fundamental changes play out “asking whether their policy goals are being met.”

It notes that with respect to ranked choice voting, more than 40 people ran in the primary, two Republicans and a Democrat advanced to the general, and the Democrat prevailed in the second round of voting, sending Alaska’s first Democrat to Congress in 50 years.

“With respect to dark money, accusations have been made against multiple campaigns for accepting undisclosed outside money or violating the new disclosure rules,” the website adds.

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Alaska lawyers event to unpack state election changes & the ongoing role of dark money

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 20 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


7 Comments

  • Kathy L. says:

    At some point ranked choice had better see itself back before the voters, but doubt it will happen. It most definitly IS un-consitutional!

  • Neil DeWitt says:

    That vote ushered in a new statewide system of ranked-choice voting and enacted the strictest campaign finance disclosure rules in the country.

    The ranked-choice system promised to reduce partisan elections and let voters express their true preferences without fear of accidentally helping elect candidates they don’t support. It also promised to end the secret influence of dark money.

    It appears to me and please correct me if I’m incorrect but we got everything this RCV system was getting rid of. Now it’s like an anchor around our necks and we are drowning.

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    “The upcoming talk will review what has happened in Alaska since a slim majority of voters passed Ballot Measure 2 on Nov. 30, 2020. ” It is amazing that darkness always seem to be winning by “a slim majority.” Is not this similar to how the resident in the big house “won?” We know the truth and honesty will prevail in the end.

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    Rank choice voting.
    How ridiculous I voted for my person and #40 wins. Again how stupid is this system. It needs to be repealed by the legislators or by the voter’s . More lies and cheating to win by the other-side.

  • Morrigan says:

    May we suggest changing “The upcoming talk will review what has happened in Alaska since a slim majority of voters passed Ballot Measure 2 on Nov. 30, 2020.” to “The upcoming talk will review what has happened in Alaska since —voters were told— a slim majority of voters passed Ballot Measure 2 on Nov. 30, 2020.”

    Why? Outside the group controlling vote-counting and Dominion vote-tabulation gear, who can say with certainty what Alaskans “passed” or who actually got the “Zuckbucks” to help get the desired election outcome? What observer can say with certainty what he observed, whether what he observed was real, manufactured, or a mixture meant to achieve the desired outcome within a believable margin?

    Alaska’s election system integrity was already compromised by ballot harvesting, proprietary Dominion vote tabulation gear, an easily corruptible mail-in voting scheme, and corrupted voter rolls before ranked-choice voting.

    Suppose dark-money was invested in RCV to deflect public attention from these issues, to assure Alaska’s electoral system continues to operate undisturbed by unwelcome public attention to these issues.

    This suggests an arguably logical possibility that ranked-choice voting is the tip of the iceberg, not an isolated problem, but rather a potentially irrevocable step toward creating a fully corrupted, electoral system, which can’t be forensically audited, which is operated by unelected officials accountable to no one, which virtually assures incumbents’ job security and a reasonable return on dark-money investments.

    We sincerely thank Daniel Suhr and the Liberty Justice Center for their efforts to get to the bottom of a problem which, if left unfixed, seems well on its way to ending free and fair elections in Alaska.

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    Do not ignore the nefarious actions of Mike porccarro in this! His advertising firm got millions from non other than murkowskis dirty money!

  • Reggie Taylor says:

    I find it difficult to believe that lawyers can and will renew spiritual hope amid the political, cultural, sexual, and ideological chaos reigning in this society, especially considering the role their industry has played in our common devolution. It is my belief that Edward Gibbon’s theory of the role played by Christianity in the Fall of the Roman Empire is correct, but poorly explained and universally misunderstood. Christians, knowing of the glories of the next life and accepting Christ’s teaching (John 12: 24-25) were ready to surrender to reality. The result of the Fall of Rome was a thousand years of Church reign in a world of warring barbaric governments. What we now have is lawyers reigning in a world of warring ideological governments. More lawyers aren’t likely to save us.

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