Alaska Survey Research pollster Ivan Moore, who claims to be a “huge supporter” of ranked choice voting, says the controversial voting system may be in serious trouble.

In a series of Tweets late last month, Moore revealed the results of a recent poll of 1,397 registered Alaskan voters. Conducted Jan. 12-18, the poll showed that more than half of Alaskans now want to ditch RCV.

The question Moore posed was this: “On a future statewide ballot that proposes the repeal of Ranked Choice Voting and a return to the prior election process in Alaska, would you vote yes or no to repeal Ranked Choice Voting?” The results? Yes 53% No 47%.

These results could change considerably in the coming months as RCV opponents begin gathering signatures and holding events and rallies aimed at repealing the voting scheme in the 2024 general election.

Moore called it a “brutal reality.”

“Everyone who follows me here on the Twits knows that I am a huge supporter of RCV, but these numbers show the reality,” he Tweeted. “The original passage of RCV was by a very narrow margin and any idea that ‘once we have an RCV election, everyone will love it’ is NOT the case.”

Alaskans narrowly approved RCV in the 2020 election (50.5% to 49.4%). Many voters were under the impression that the ballot initiative was primarily intended to do away with so-called “dark money,” but it’s primary accomplishment was to usher in a confusing election scheme that banned party primaries and created a controversial system of computer tabulated run-off eliminations to determine winners.

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Alaska pollster admits the ‘brutal reality’ that Ranked Choice Voting is in trouble

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.


  • Art Mathias says:

    This is art mathias, Alaskans for honest elections who have the initiative to repeal rcv. I would like to visit you some time.

    • Richard Mulholand says:

      I support repealing rcv.

      • Lobo says:

        I signed the partition to repeal this corrupt scheme… I have seen a couple who support it, and that is their right of opinion, but I object to the mechanisms used to corrupt a voting system .

    • Ed Martin Jr says:

      Hey Art Look up As 39.15.010 – 100 This statute will effectively remove any public official from their office seat for malfeasance / misfeasance or non feasance ! Voting is only one method, aside from a Grand Jury indictment(s) to remove bad actors in Government !

  • Neil DeWitt says:

    This is some of the better news I’ve heard of late. I for one can’t wait till it’s gone. It will be a good ridence just like Biden when his term is over. Come on 2024 vote! Is it here yet?

    • Lobo says:

      I would like to see it “”gone” prior”” to the next election cycle.. I can’t see why it can’t be ended prior to the next election cycle, unless, we have to wait on the democrat politicians ( Lisa’s Buddies) in Juneau.

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Ivan Moore is a hard core demorat. Is he worried that the system that keeps him employed is starting to crumble?

  • Elizabeth Henry says:

    ‘Rigged’ choice voting IS trouble, and passed by a narrow margin via deception and misinformation. Now that voters have experienced first hand the insanity of being told to vote for someone you do not care to see elected, reality has dawned brightly. I just pray that voters are not duped again or that the left isn’t able to ‘mine’ for ‘votes’ to get it forced upon us again in the event it ends up on the ballot. Along with our efforts to rid ourselves of this debacle, our voter rolls are in desperate need of a good scrubbing.

    • Andy says:

      “Mined for votes” is is EXACTLY how we got stuck with RCV, out of the 65,000 who have left the state or have died that are still on the voter rolls.

  • Kenneth L. Wells says:

    RCV; designed by cheaters to facilitate cheating. It needs to go.

  • Jenny says:

    Alaskans were very wise to pass RCV two elections ago. This election ran smoothly and the majority of us got the candidates we wanted. I hope we keep rcv for a long time. It will filter out the extremist candidates, so that the more moderate candidates that will represent MORE Alaskans will win.

  • Steve says:

    rcv is garbage

  • Reggie Taylor says:

    I would be very pleasantly surprised if it gets repealed.

  • Ed Martin Jr says:

    I for one is very happy Ivan that ” brutal reality ” is setting in on you Communists !

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Captain Seth Keshel has an article on SubStack describing 10 good reasons to oppose ranked choice voting. For anyone who does not know the Captain, he came up Alaska to talk to us about the 2020 election results because he has been studying the data on what happened. Here is a link if interested in reading the article (provide an email address for a free subscription).

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  • Brian Shank says:

    I wonder if voters would have been willing to keep the system if it abolished the closed party primary but didn’t use RCV. Perhaps approval voting could be used in the first round (‘primary”) in October and have a top-two runoff on November election day. Or perhaps just use approval voting for the top-four runoff in November instead of RCV. Approval voting is very simple and transparent, so I would think more people would trust it. Any suggestions or comments about a better voting system design? I believe this top-four system certainly has its flaws and needs improvement, but doesn’t have to be completely abolished.

    • charlie Bussell says:

      Brian it has to go and we need to return to one person one vote…show up at a polling station with proper ID and voter card and vote your choices…..Messing around discussing changes will only cause its repeal to fail….we all need to get on the same end of the wagon and get it up the hill and return fairness to our election system….it would help if the Current LT would get after cleaning up the existing votor rolls right now before anothe day passes…

      • Friend of Humanity says:

        I agree to all you said charlie! I know there are quite a few Conservative (honest) data analysts that would be happy to work on cleaning up the voter rolls for free if allowed to do so!

      • Brian Shank says:

        Vote-for-one method (plurality voting) is really destructive in a lot more ways than people realize. It’s the worst voting method next to random selection. Our present voting system is so dysfunctional and flawed that it is broken. For example, if no candidate gets more than 50% in an election with more than two candidates, it is impossible to tell who is the most preferred, most representative, candidate. Also, the way primaries are designed to work today (they remove candidates from the general election ballot) may eliminate the most preferred candidate. That’s why I believe, and many others also believe, we should abolish party primaries. But more importantly, we absolutely do need to use a method that allows voters to give some opinion of every candidate on the ballot. Approval voting is a simple, straightforward, and transparent option to replace the awful vote-for-only-one method we use today.

      • Friend of Humanity says:

        Brian, our present voting system is Ranked Choice Voting and you are absolutely correct in stating it is the worst voting system, it is dysfunctional and broken.

  • Sharon says:

    I hate RCV & will be happy to sign the petition! Can we have a special election to repeal it? I hope so!!

  • jon says:

    RCV was supported by Republicans until it didn’t work they way they wanted.

  • Terry Michalski says:

    Yeeeeessssss!!!!! Where do I sign the petition?

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    Mike pacarro is a large reason we got RCV!!!! Why does he still have a compliant audience????

  • CD says:

    One vote for one person. No RCV.

  • Claireese Chenault says:

    Ranked Choice voting is political ebonics. The fact that Alaskans approved it in the first place proves that they are too stupid to self govern. Alaska should be reverted back to a territory so that the morons who live there can do no more harm to themselves and the rest of the United States (by sending more Communist Democrats and RINOs to Congress). Alaskans have shown that they are as dumb as Puerto Ricans, so the state really should be reverted back to a non-voting territory, or just given back to the Russians. Ranked Choice voting is just a Soros funded scam that provides more ways to allow the Communist Democrats to steal elections and otherwise degrade citizen confidence in our government.