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2023 Op. Alaska Att'y Gen. 1 (2023)

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                                                           Department of Law

                               ML ASKACIVIL DIVTISION
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                                  January 19, 2023

The Honorable Nancy  Dahlstrom
Lieutenant Governor
P.O. Box 110015
Juneau, Alaska 99811-0015

      Re:    22AKHE   Ballot Measure Application Review
             AGO  No. 2023100126

Dear Lieutenant Governor Dahlstrom

      You  asked us to review an initiative application for a proposed bill entitled:

      This act would get rid of the Open Primary System and Ranked-Choice
      General Election. In place of that, this act would create a Political Party
      Primary and General Election Process that is easily understood. The
      political parties of Alaska will select their candidates through a primary
      process. Voters would vote for their preferred candidate, and then each one
      preferred candidate from each registered political party would appear on the
      general ballot. (22A K H E).

      We  review initiatives to ensure they meet all constitutional and statutory
requirements, without considering the merits of any initiative. Because this initiative is a
partial reversal of the Ballot Measure 2 initiative (19AKBE) and the Alaska Supreme
Court upheld that initiative application, we recommend that you certify this application. It
is in the proper form, and both the proposed bill and the application comply with the
constitutional and statutory provisions governing initiatives.

I.    The  proposed  bill

       The bill proposed by this initiative has 59 sections. It is a line-by-line repeal of
many  aspects of Ballot Measure 2, the election reform initiative which passed in 2020
and became  effective in 2021. The proposed bill would eliminate open, non-partisan
primary elections and ranked-choice general elections and reinstate party primaries. It
would reverse all of the changes made by Ballot Measure 2, except for the changes to
campaign  finance disclosure requirements.

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