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In the upcoming general election in November, Alaskans will vote on two ballot measures. One of these is the Top-Four Ranked-Choice Voting and Campaign Finance Laws Initiative, also known as Ballot Measure 2, and we’ll hear from people on both sides of the measure. We’ve already talked to the supporters, so today we’re talking with Brett Huber with the group Defend Alaska Elections, which opposes Ballot Measure 2.


In the upcoming general election, Alaskans will vote on two ballot measures. One of these is called the Top-Four Ranked-Choice Voting and Campaign Finance Laws Initiative, also known as Ballot Measure 2, and we’ll hear from people on both sides of the measure. First we’ll start with the supporters Robert Dillon, who’s with the group Alaskans for Better Elections, and Joy Huntington, who’s Koyukon Athabscan and the founder and president of Uqaqti Consulting. Huntington is also a consultant for the campaign.


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Alaska's Ballot Measure 1 would change the state’s oil taxes to increase the amount that oil companies pay, and reduce the deductions that they can take, among other things. Opponents say that it will hurt the industry and that’s not good for Alaska. Chantal Walsh is the campaign manager for One Alaska, a group opposing the measure. 

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A mistake prevented residents of a Y-K Delta community from being able to vote in Alaska's primary election. The Alaska Division of Elections said that it didn’t know people were living in Mertarvik until a week before the election. About 130 people have been living there for the past year. On top of that, Newtok never received supplies for its election, resulting in only 17 people there voting in the primary.

 


Bill Ferguson exits a voting booth at the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center, one of two available precincts in Bethel, Alaska on November 8, 2016.
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Read this post to learn all you need to know about the Bethel City Elections.

Willy Keppel

One of the candidates for State House District 38 is facing a $21,625 fine for not disclosing his campaign finances on time. Willy Keppel, from Quinhagak, blames his failure to submit those reports on poor internet service in rural Alaska. 

Courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau

Rural Alaska has been doing well on filling out the census, but the problem is in hub communities like Bethel. According to Nicole Borromeo, executive vice president and general counsel for the Alaska Federation of Natives, that failure to provide census data will cost the region lots of money.

2020 Bethel City Council candidates (clockwise) Perry Barr, Michelle DeWitt, Conrad “CJ” McCormick, and Rose “Sugar” Henderson
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Whoever is elected to the city council in Bethel will grapple with the city’s response to the pandemic, along with other issues like road maintenance and hiring Bethel’s next city manager. Four candidates are competing for three open seats on Bethel City Council, and each responded to these issues and more during a live forum on Sept. 23 hosted by KYUK.


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Yute Commuter Service is suing its former business manager for allegedly embezzling company funds to pay for personal expenses, pay raises, and bonuses. 

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The Bethel City Election is on Oct. 6, but city voters can begin voting now. City Clerk Lori Strickler said that voting before the election is only one option. Others include voting by mail and online voting. Strickler said that those wanting to vote early can do so, with public health precautions, at city hall.

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