Editor’s note: This column recounts the effort by volunteers for Alaskans for Honest Election to gather the needed signatures required to give Alaskans a chance to repeal ranked choice voting this coming November. The signatures still need to be submitted to and approved by Lt. Gov. Nancy Dalhstrom before the question can go before voters on the general election ballot.

In a land of breathtaking mountains and icy wonders, a story unfolds – a tale of determination and unity among the people of Alaska. This is the story of how over 700 Alaskan volunteers, driven by a shared purpose, embarked on a quest to challenge the mighty Ranked Choice Voting Dragon. It began as a murmur among the people, a shared sentiment that grew into a roaring call for change.

The Ranked Choice Voting Dragon, a formidable creature reigning over the electoral landscape, needed to be confronted. To do this, a band of brave volunteers united, each one as determined as the other, each one a proud Alaskan. Their mission was daunting: to gather 40,000 signatures from across the vast and rugged terrain of Alaska, a number far exceeding the required 26,000. This was no small feat in a land where distances are great and the elements unforgiving. But the spirit of Alaskans is strong and resilient, born of the land they call home.

From the fishing villages to the snow-capped peaks, from the bustling streets of Anchorage to the remote corners of the wilderness, these volunteers ventured. They worked tirelessly, their voices echoing the sentiment of thousands, their efforts a testament to their dedication to their cause and to their state. In every signature collected, there was a story – a story of an Alaskan who believed in the power of unity and the importance of their voice.

Each signature was a pledge, a commitment to the vision of a different future, a future shaped by the will of the people. As they reached and surpassed their goal, the volunteers knew that their journey was about more than signatures. It was a journey of empowerment, a demonstration of what can be achieved when Alaskans come together for a common purpose.

Their effort, By Alaskans, for Alaskans, was a beacon of hope and a symbol of the indomitable Alaskan spirit. And so, the story of these volunteers, their quest against the Ranked Choice Voting Dragon, became a legend, a reminder of the power of unity and the strength of the Alaskan heart. It was a story that would be told for generations, inspiring others to stand together, for their state, for their beliefs, and for each other.

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OPINION: The tale of battling Alaska’s Ranked-Choice Voting Dragon

Phil Izon
Phil Izon serves as director of Alaskans for Honest Elections, a group that is seeking to repeal Alaska's ranked-choice voting system.


  • Shelia says:

    Fight ON! Don’t let Scott Kendall and his cohorts defeat you. Slay the dragon and return the land to meaningful voting!

    • DaveMaxwell says:

      Shelia your uncle Mike has a lot of influence on this subject of which he has used none! Dalhstrom, his direct pick is so intimidated by the subject, she is leaving the mess for someone else to clean up! The mess is now twice as high because of dufus leaves us first term Myer!
      Well done to the hard working people, great job!
      Our governor is a joke in terms of accomplishments and leadership! The people are amazingly achieving forward movement in spite of the leaching of our blood by the useless drains!
      Wish your uncle a happy new year and please pass along this message!

  • Neil DeWitt says:

    I agree with Shelia, it’s time to slay the dragon. If a candidate can’t win on their own merit then they don’t need to be in office supporting us, because they can’t do the job. Thank all the Alaskans that signed this petition. Now there is one more time we all ask you to do, it’s to go vote to repeal this law in November. Yes the weather will be cold, snowy, and miserable but do your civic duty and vote. You have 13 hours to get to the polls and some businesses even give you a paid hour at lunch to vote. So get to the poles and vote. Thank you!

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Thank you Mr. Izon for not giving up on this quest against this formidable giant. Many knew it was not good. A few of us learned that we were duped and it was not good. Either way, Alaskans came together for a worthy cause and the volunteers are seeing this through! It should have never been implemented in the first place; considering that it won by a small margin has me questioning the validity of the count. Did not Resident Biden say it is not how many votes, but who counts the votes? Moreover, how many races have we seen where demonrats keep winning by a “small margin?” May the hard work and long hours of all of the volunteers be blessed with an approval to get this back on the ballot and the big win of being removed for GOOD.

  • Michael J Garman says:

    Nice ChatGPT writing, Phil.

  • Jodie Gallamore says:

    I am a witness to many of those stories. I’ve had people tell me it’s the first petition they ever signed, people incredulous of the labyrinth they have to go through to have their vote count, and people who clearly see that this is a system designed to rig and steal elections. By the way, I am speaking of people of all ethnicities here. I’ve also doors slammed and been told to get lost. This also encourages me, as I can see that the people who benefit from this crooked system know it’s a loser of an issue for them.

  • Lucinda says:

    Phil: your dragon remains unslain . By signing the petition booklet, signers supported having the question on the ballot. The question has yet been answered.

    • Lobo says:

      With any petition, regarding a public, political legality, the question ” must” be on the ballot.. One can not vote on a “blank” question… Therein, lies the venue for decisions of the voters…. But, what does… “The question has yet been answered”” mean ? .. Just kinda curious.

      • Lucinda says:

        Lobo. It means the question listed in the petition booklet has not been presented to the public for a vote.

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      What is your point Lucinda? One thing I know for sure is that if Lt. Governor Dahlstrom does not approve this question to be put on the ballot for Alaskans to vote on (again), then we’ll know that she works for your master.

      • DaveMaxwell says:

        You still need proof?

      • Lucinda says:

        The point, FoH, is to clarify Phil’s words. To me, he suggested that the RCV had been overturned. It is valuable to teach readers the concept of critical thinking.

      • Friend of Humanity says:

        Lucinda, IF this question gets back on the ballot, RCV is going to be voted out. No question about it. The petition to remove RCV has received more signatures than the pro-rcv’s signature efforts. There are more people in this state that want RCV GONE then ever now. The Lt Governor is bought, so she’s bending to the evil’s commands. She is supposed to be working for the people and not the globalist-backed puppets. One other thing that may very well throw the counts are the illegal immigrants coming up here. If they get to vote, which they probably will get to, they’ll vote however the evil tells them to vote because they are bought also. We know what is going on and we certainly don’t need a soros paid puppet telling us what is and isn’t.

    • Thomas says:

      Critical thinking seems to be absent in your replies, as no one has implied that RCV has been overturned.

  • Kenneth L. Wells says:

    I was tricked into voting for rcv by the language used on the ballot and my own lack of skepticism regarding Alaskan corruption. Once I had learned I’d been duped, I was annoyed and started looking into it. My conclusions are as follows;
    In politics, anything deliberately made unnecessarily complicated is done for nefarious purposes.
    Obfuscation of the voting process, like rcv, was done by cheaters for the purpose of cheating. Until rcv is done away with, until electronic ballot machines are made illegal, until mass mailings of ballots is ended, there will be no honest elections in Alaska.

    • DaveMaxwell says:

      Your beginning to see the light, look at the subject “confidentiality “ as government applies it!

  • jon says:

    Alaskans loved ranked choice voting until it sent a RINO and a Democrat to Washington. I loved it, Murkowski and Peltola are doing the best they can and not worshipping at the feet of the orange devil