While the general election vote count is still winding down, it’s not too early for conservative Alaskans to begin calling on both the Alaska Republican Party and individual lawmakers to make a strong push to pass election reforms in the upcoming legislative session.

The current citizen-led initiative to repeal ranked-choice voting is a great start, but we must also lean heavily on lawmakers in Juneau to take up other reforms such as mail-in voting safeguards, ballot harvesting and transfer, signature verification mandates, voter registration improvements and more. Legislators should also be pressed take a serious look at how we tabulate votes. Do we really need Dominion machines, or are there creative ways to recruit and train election workers so that we can follow the lead of the Mat-Su Borough and do hand-counts only?

The legislative session starts in January. Between now and then Alaskans need to work with our representatives – new and old – to ensure that voting integrity and reform bills are a high priority. Dozens of these bills were introduced in the last session but every single one languished in various committees.

Everyone should be able to agree that there is nothing more important in a representative democratic republic than fair, open and transparent elections. That point must be driven home over the next weeks and months so that it emerges as a high priority when legislators convene in Juneau.

The views expressed here are those of the author.

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It’s time for Alaskans to push lawmakers to enact election reforms

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.


  • Molly says:

    When i am stuck with a commie legislator what can i do?

  • John j otness says:


  • Dalton Stokes says:

    The Establishment Republicans are going to become democrats. the Republican party is split in half. it’s dead. it’s dead because establishment Republican sellouts and church members couldn’t handle the speech of the Patriots when we told you what was happening. Y’all thought it was “unloving” and it hurt your precious feelings. the technocratic Democrats and establishment Republicans will soon deride the MAGA wing of the Republican Party as a terrorist group. myself and others were on FM radio exposing all of this but it hurt your feelings and you blocked us from every platform.

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Just saw this article posted today. I agree that Alaskans need to push our lawmakers hard to reform the election process.
    “Alaska Senate Race Between Trump-Backed Tshibaka, Murkowski Tightens”

    • Truth Network says:

      I read that article as well. I was surprised to read that our former Governor does not understand absentee ballot voting in her own state. Voting is not complex, the desire to obfuscate it for political gains is shameful.

      • Friend of Humanity says:

        You are right that voting is not complex Tr… Network. The only problem is that the lefties complicate voting when they have to cheat with their cheating systems – rcv, election week or election month instead of election day, mail-in ballots, absentee ballots, and so on. The simple and easy system of paper ballots, same day voting, voting for one person for each seat is the only way to go.

    • Truth Network says:

      Hi Friend of Humanity,

      Do you believe that American service-men and women should not be allowed to vote? Do you believe that the elderly or infirm should not be allowed to vote? Do you believe those who are working on election day should not be allowed to vote? Do you believe that those who are traveling on election day should not be allowed to vote?

      Absentee voting has been around for a very, very long time. It is not new. What is new is the attempt to disenfranchise those who choose to utilize it. That is shameful and unpatriotic. Shame on those who would deny our military members the right to vote.

  • Terry Stires says:

    Joel, your idea is a solution looking for a problem.

  • NAV says:

    Thanks Joel

  • Kasey says:

    I believe the Mat-Su Borough residents voted to do away with the machines and go to hand-counts after the 1st of the year (this would be for Borough elections only). Sadly, the foremost guy who worked his butt off to accomplish this (as a volunteer), ran for Assembly, but the liberal guy won. Very disappointing b/c ALL the conservative issues on the Mat-Su ballot passed by a large margin except for the conservative Assembly candidate.

  • Dana Raffaniello says:

    As Alaska taking two weeks to Fabricate enough ballots to push Murk and Mary over the 50% threshold after more and more people realized that RCV gives some voters multiple chances to vote in a single election. So people are realizing just how unfair and undemocratic RCV really is.

    • Truth Network says:

      I’m curious what makes you think ballots are being fabricated? Or is this another attempt to obfuscate a very straightforward voting approach?

    • Robert Redlinger says:

      Dana Raffaniello, try to get a grip on reality.

  • Whidbey Thedog says:

    Why is it that we never heard about “election integrity” until Trump lost and gave you all the idea (and excuse) to start banging on about it? That’s right, it’s because the whole idea is “fake news”. Reform all you want, but far-Right Big Lie candidates will continue to lose nationwide until they moderate and move to the Center, where most people live. And while they’re at it, they can also stop conflating Evangelical Christianity with politics. I don’t want your religion governing my life.

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      Whidbey, once again you are saying exactly what the left has been doing. Fortunate for you, the left has been scrubbing the internet of the actual proof that Clinton is an election denier. She was an election denier before Trump even won on election day. Congratulations Whidbey on doing a fine job of helping to rewrite history in support of the left to make the Conservatives look like the losers.

      • Lucinda says:

        FoH. That’s all you got? Clinton an election denier? Geez. And evidence? Of course not.

      • Friend of Humanity says:

        Lucinda, the Russia Russia Russia hoax was a Clinton stunt to try ruin Trump. Now, instead of me trying to prove this to you, why don’t you supply some credible evidence that she did not do this? Like I said, the left has done a pretty good job of scrubbing evidence from the internet proving that she is guilty of trying to set him up.

      • Whidbey Thedog says:

        Hillary clearly concedes to Trump at 7:10 in the attached. Right on YouTube. Apparently they didn’t scrub very well.

      • Truth Network says:

        Hi Friend of Humanity, There are democrats who have been election deniers. Stacy Abrams shamefully refused to concede the Georgia Governor’s race. Others have as well. That said, to not concede a free and fair presidential election in which you lost both the popular vote (by a long shot) and the electoral college (by a long shot) is shameful. To fund-raise to pay your legal bills off the back of that loss is deceitful. To continue to beat this drum to the detriment of America is traitorous.

        Donald Trump is a shameful, deceitful, traitorous human being. It is a stain on our country that he was ever elected, and it’s a stain on the GOP that he was nominated for a second term.

        And now we are about to be subjected to a couple more years of this two-time loser (2020 and 2022) crying about his inability to win an election. The GOP needs to shoe him into the corner where he belongs and focus on serious candidates with a real legislative agenda upholding conservative values like small government and individual liberty.

    • Phillip says:

      I don’t want your lies governing life.

    • Nicholas says:

      Search YouTube for “Hillary Clinton election denial”. “Stacey Abrams election denial” is also good. This has been a theme of Democrat candidates since 2016 and they started early for 2022 and 2024.

  • Ruth Ewig says:

    Yes, we need paper ballots, same-day voting with voter identification. No machines. For example: Arizona has a mess. Hopefully they will have a new election with Since when does an opponent such as in Arizona get to count their own ballots?! This is lawlessness. It is unbelievable that it actually was going on this election cycle. Pray for honest elections and that the Truth will come out. Apparently, California outsmarted the leftists by having ballot boxes in the churches and the Gun Shows. Smart move.

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    I totally forgot about the 12 rules of Radicals. Carefully read the posts of Lucinda, Whidbey Thedog, Clark, Truth Network, Terry Stires, anyone else that I forgot that carries on the left’s narrative. Read Saul Alinsky’s 12 Rules for Radicals and start identifying these troll’s and paid schills tactics.

    RULE 1: “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.” Power is derived from 2 main sources – money and people. “Have-Nots” must build power from flesh and blood. (These are two things of which there is a plentiful supply. Government and corporations always have a difficult time appealing to people, and usually do so almost exclusively with economic arguments.)

    RULE 2: “Never go outside the expertise of your people.” It results in confusion, fear, and retreat. Feeling secure adds to the backbone of anyone. (Organizations under attack wonder why radicals don’t address the “real” issues. This is why. They avoid things with which they have no knowledge.)

    RULE 3: “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.” Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety, and uncertainty. (This happens all the time. Watch how many organizations under attack are blind-sided by seemingly irrelevant arguments that they are then forced to address.)

    RULE 4: “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” If the rule is that every letter gets a reply, send 30,000 letters. You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules. (This is a serious rule. The besieged entity’s very credibility and reputation is at stake, because if activists catch it lying or not living up to its commitments, they can continue to chip away at the damage.)

    RULE 5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions. (Pretty crude, rude and mean, huh? They want to create anger and fear.)

    RULE 6: “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.” They’ll keep doing it without urging and come back to do more. They’re doing their thing, and will even suggest better ones. (Radical activists, in this sense, are no different than any other human being. We all avoid “un-fun” activities, and but we revel at and enjoy the ones that work and bring results.)

    RULE 7: “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.” Don’t become old news. (Even radical activists get bored. So to keep them excited and involved, organizers are constantly coming up with new tactics.)

    RULE 8: “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.” Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new. (Attack, attack, attack from all sides, never giving the reeling organization a chance to rest, regroup, recover and re-strategize.)

    RULE 9: “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.” Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist. (Perception is reality. Large organizations always prepare a worst-case scenario, something that may be furthest from the activists’ minds. The upshot is that the organization will expend enormous time and energy, creating in its own collective mind the direst of conclusions. The possibilities can easily poison the mind and result in demoralization.)

    RULE 10: “If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.” Violence from the other side can win the public to your side because the public sympathizes with the underdog. (Unions used this tactic. Peaceful [albeit loud] demonstrations during the heyday of unions in the early to mid-20th Century incurred management’s wrath, often in the form of violence that eventually brought public sympathy to their side.)

    RULE 11: “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.” Never let the enemy score points because you’re caught without a solution to the problem. (Old saw: If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. Activist organizations have an agenda, and their strategy is to hold a place at the table, to be given a forum to wield their power. So, they have to have a compromise solution.)

    RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)

    • Molly says:

      Thank you for the reminder, this is how we have been disenfranchised. Attacked at every opportunity by and with every tool available every single hour of every single day.
      Vote every election, try to know the candidates well enough to know who your representatives are and ensure you take all eligible family members with you to vote early (gotta live the convenience of early voting).

    • Whidbey Thedog says:

      Your comment, by its very length, defends itself against the probability of ever being read. If you can’t be witty, at least be concise.

      • Terry Stires says:

        Wait dog. I read it. It’s pretty interesting and I think it identifies some clever tactics. What it DOES NOT DO is land any harder on the Left than on the Right. Glass houses FoH.

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      If anyone is interested in hearing more about our future if we do not stand up against this tyranny check out the books “1984” and “A Brave New World,” I strongly encourage everyone to read these books. These books show where our world is headed. This plan to enslave us has been in play since, at least, 1913. Del Bigtree w/The HighWire talks about this stuff going on is episode 294: Ministry of Truth. I encourage you to check out this episode if you have a couple of hours to listen – good stuff! God bless Alaskans! Praying for strength and endurance to defeat this evil that has settled in the Last Frontier!

  • Molly says:

    With only 44% of us showing up to vote, it is clear what is needed.
    Stop your friends n family from being disenfranchised like this.