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.
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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.
Thank you all for your support.
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