Alaska weeds out extremist candidates with new voting model

One goal of placing all candidates for a race on the same ballot, regardless of party, is to eliminate polarizing figures. When more than 50% of votes is needed, not just a simple majority, that means candidates need to appeal to a broad spectrum of voters.

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January 31, 2022 - 9:58 AM

A poll worker holds up an "I Voted" sticker on Sept. 14, 2021. (Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)

Alaska is a place both physically and psychically removed from the rest of America, which folks there refer to as “Outside.”

Note the capital “O,” as it appears in newspapers, which reflects both standardization and a proud embrace of the state’s apartness.

Isolation aside, Alaska has changed its elections in way that may be a model for the rest of the country as the U.S. sinks ever lower into a slough of political nihilism and dysfunction.

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