With nearly 40,000 petition signatures gathered from across the state, and thousands more expected in the next two and a half weeks, it looks like Alaskans will have a chance to repeal the controversial ranked-choice voting system that was narrowly approved in 2020.

The latest update from the group gathering signatures – Alaskans for Honest Elections – notes that they have amassed 39,000 names, far exceeding the 26,000 needed to put the issue on the November 2024 statewide ballot.

“Definitely worth celebrating,” wrote Alaskans for Honest Elections Director Phil Izon in a Dec. 28 update to repeal supporters. “We have until January 16th to submit the signatures to the State of Alaska. We believe we will have 40,000+ signatures which is 150% of the required signatures needed.”

Earlier this month, Alaska’s Public Offices Commission rejected a request by the leftist-backed, pro-ranked choice voting group – Alaskans for Better Elections – that asked the state to intervene and halt the nearly completed signature gathering effort due to allegations of election violations.

Izon called on signature gatherers to get the remaining petition books notarized and turned in to 4201 Dimond Way Wasilla, AK 99654. Before turning them in, gatherers are asked to call 907-802-8116 ahead of time to make sure someone is on hand to receive the petition booklets.

The office is open seven days a week, located on the same road as Ken’s Garden Supply. Once turning on Dimond, drive straight up the hill to the white yard signs with the Alaskans for Honest Elections logo.

Due to the fact that some signatures may be disqualified, the goal of Alaskans for Honest Elections is to turn in more than enough names to Lt. Gov. Nancy Dahlstrom.

For those who have yet to sign the petition, Tudor Bingo and Big Valley Bingo are new signing locations in Anchorage.


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UPDATE: It looks like Alaskans will get a chance to dump ranked-choice voting in 2024

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.


  • DaveMaxwell says:

    Can’t wait to see how dunceleavy and his incompetent boob dalhstrom screw this up!

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    I am so thankful to the people who have signed the petition and those that are pushing on to get petitions signed! Alaskans got duped on this one and we want to right this wrong – it is supposed to be the people’s choice. Let’s make sure that the people’s choice is known! REPEAL RANK CHOICE VOTING – VOTE “NO” on the 2024 ballot, so we can get rid of this demon-created election system once and for all!

    • Jodie Gallamore says:

      Nice try at sabotage there – it’s vote YES on the initiative to repeal Rank Choice Voting.

      • Jodie Gallamore says:

        Sorry, I have to assume that was an honest mistake, but after seeing the way they cheat their way to power I hope you’ll understand my quick reply!

      • Friend of Humanity says:

        I am not sure what the question will be. My bad. How about just, “REPEAL RANK CHOICE VOTING!” As for sabotaging the effort, I put in my hours as a volunteer to help get rid of rank choice voting and I certainly hope that I did not just sabotage the efforts of many. Thank you for pointing out this wording issue.

  • Chuck Anziulewicz says:

    Can anyone explain why ranked-choice voting is some kind of left-wing conspiracy?

    • Keith says:

      Because the left came up with it, and it’s backed by big leftist money from outside Alaska.

    • M.John says:

      Can you explain why Kathryn Murdoch, a Democrat millionaire from New York would be so interested in the way we vote in Alaska?

    • HomeschoolersToldYou says:

      1. It is not a 1 person 1 vote.
      2. No transpearancy and requires a committee to do “math” to figure out how ton huffle votes from one candidate to another.
      3. It has been shown to assist moderates and leftists.
      Murkowski was a big driver of this because she knows she can’t win straight up.
      4. It is paid for, advertised, and defended by far left orgs…

  • Akdale says:

    without it we still had murky, palin and many others…rcv is the latest scapegoat for the less than politicians who make it in to office. its the voters who show up…..fix the turn out, you may fix the issue but give the caliber of people moving here….i wonder

  • Tom Hlavnicka says:

    I didn’t get a chance to put my name on the petition, but I will certainly vote “NO” when it comes time to vote. Alaskans were duped by big money advertising the last time. Not this time!

  • Penny Johnson says:

    The real test is for signature gatherers to achieve the percentage required for EACH voting district. Go to Alaskans For Honest Elections to see if your voting district still needs signatures.

  • AK Pilot says:

    I’ve yet to hear a good explanation of why ranked-choice voting is worse than the system it replaced (plurality voting). When voters understand it, RCV significantly reduces the impact of “spoiler” candidates and does a better job of electing candidates who are the most acceptable to the most people (although, admittedly, they may not be the most acceptable to you and those in your echo chamber).
    Let’s not forget that in 2010 Lisa Murkowski “won” reelection (as a write-in, no less) with less than 40% of the vote.

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      You haven’t heard a good definition because no one has come up with anything that fits your way of thinking maybe?

      • AK Pilot says:

        Can’t help but notice that you weren’t able (or willing) to give a good explanation either. I’m not sure what you’ve assumed “my” way of thinking is, but a system that produces a “winner” with less than 40% of the vote can hardly be said to represent the will of the voters. Furthermore, plurality voting cements the role of the two major parties as voting for a “third” party candidate is tantamount to “throwing one’s vote away”; looking at the state of things both in Alaska and nationally I think one would find it difficult to defend the de facto “two-party system”. In reality there are better systems than ranked-choice voting, but for elections which must produce a single winner (President, Governor and our House and Senate seats) RCV at least gives other parties a chance to compete in a meaningful way.

      • Friend of Humanity says:

        Again I state, you haven’t heard a good definition because no one has come up with anything that fits your way of thinking maybe?