By Caroleine James
Wrangell Sentinel 

Wrangell voters report few problems with first try at ranked-choice voting


August 24, 2022

Election day went smoothly in Wrangell on Aug. 16 despite the transition to ranked-choice ballots. Voters interviewed left the polling place with a largely positive impression of the new system.

This was the first election in Alaska with the new voting system, which allows voters to rank candidates in order of preference. The system, adopted by voters in a 2020 ballot initiative, is intended to reduce political polarization and negative campaigning, though critics argue that it could complicate the voting process unnecessarily. Alaska is one of two states using a ranked-choice ballot for its p...

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