Alaska Superior Court Judge Christina Rankin rejected claims that Alaska’s Division of Elections violated statues and regulations in certifying a ballot measure that seeks to repeal the state’s controversiial ranked-choice voting system, which did away with traditional party primaries and longstanding voting practices.

In a June 7 order, Rankin rebuffed a request by plaintiffs’ that she grant them a summary judgement victory, and block the ballot measure, without having to undergo a full trial.

Rankin’s order rejected plaintiffs arguments that state election officials acted improperly by allowing ballot measure sponsors to correct minor mistakes to several dozen signature petition booklets after they had already submitted the signatures for certification.

Instead, Rankin’s order affirmed that election officials followed applicable laws, regulations and court precedent in allowing for the mistakes to be rectified, and in ultimately certifying the ballot measure to go before voters this coming November.

While Rankin’s order was a major win for the repeal effort, she stopped short of tossing out the case entirely, which is what the state is requesting.

Rankin gave plaintiffs the opportunity to submit evidence supporting their claim that thousands of signatures should be tossed out because of technical errors and mistakes.

The state has until June 10 to reply to plaintiff’s evidence, and then resubmit its own request that Rankin dismiss the plaintiffs lawsuit outright.

The trial is set to start on June 24, but if Rankin grants the state’s motion for summary judgement, the case will be closed, unless it is appealed to the Alaska Supreme Court.

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Alaska Ranked-choice foes win 1st round in case seeking to block repeal question from Nov. ballot

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.


  • Frozen says:

    The Alaska Supreme Court are democrats. Hopefully it doesn’t go to them.

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    Bs post Joel!

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    This war that we are in is against the corrupt judiciary system. It is really sad that so many of us were asleep to the infiltration by the evil right beneath our noses!

  • John Noone says:

    Rank choice voting merely takes power away from the far right and far left and gives it to the 80% of us in the middle. It makes sense to me!

    • Morrigan says:

      So you admit RCV is corrupt from the beginning because it disenfranchises the “far right and far left” and allows only the votes of “80% of us in the middle” to be counted.
      Makes perfect sense.

  • DFrazier says:

    The voting majority want to vote on Rank-Choice again. It is not what we thought it would be. I do not want my vote to go to second choice any longer.

  • Scott says:

    Not surprising that democrats are resorting to lawfare to remove the will of the people they do not agree with. This is the result of a democrat judiciary and a sleeping population. Wake up folks!

  • Gotta pay more taxes says:

    immoral society will fall. enjoy your enslavement. Stolen elections have consequences.

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