Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is lashing out at the state’s “ranked-choice” voting process after she and fellow Republican candidate Nick Begich lost out to a Democratic candidate in last week’s special election for the state’s lone House seat.
Democrat Mary Peltola was declared the winner and will serve the remainder of former GOP Rep. Don Young’s term in Congress, though, between the two of them, Palin and Begich received around 60 percent of the vote.
But, under Alaska’s new system, voters rank candidates in order of preference; the candidate with the highest ranking wins. According to the Washington Post , “defenders have praised it for rewarding less polarizing candidates and more positive campaigning,” but conservatives like Palin have heavily criticized it as not reflective of the overall political leaning of the state.
Fox News explained the process:
Ranked-choice voting allows voters to rank candidates in order of preference on their ballots. Should one candidate receive a majority of first-preference votes, that individual is declared the winner in the race. However, if no candidate wins a majority of first-preference votes, the candidate with the fewest first-preference votes is eliminated. Following the elimination of the candidate who received the least amount of first-preference votes, voters’ second-preference choices are evaluated and a new tally is established to determine whether a candidate in the race has received a majority of the vote. That process is repeated until a candidate wins a majority of the vote.
Palin issued a scathing statement this week blasting the process as well as Begich, who she says “cost the Republicans a seat in Congress.” She also urged him to drop out of the race ahead of November, when she and Begich will once again face off against Peltola for a full two-year House term.
“Nick Begich is now a three-time loser. […]
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