Thursday, March 24, 2022

Alaskan Special Election Underway



Alaska Governor Dunleavy has decided the dates, and the Alaska Division of Elections is implementing the rollout of the Special Election to fill the seat vacated by the death of Don Young (R), the longest serving member of Congress.

  

Donald Edwin Young 1933-2022

Congressman Young passed away March 18 at the age of 88, while returning to Alaska.  He had been elected to serve 25 terms.  First elected in 1973, he was returning to campaign for his 26th term.  He epitomized the rugged Alaska frontier spirit.  He was persistent, bold, hard hitting and fearless.  Respected by most, feared by some, he will be missed by many.  He was one of the last old time iconic Alaskan politicians.  

Several contenders from across the political spectrum are expected to vie for this prize.  The solitary U.S.House seat representing all of Alaska.  Sarah Palin has publicly expressed interest.

Additionally, this will be the first test for Alaska's new Top Four Ranked Choice Voting Open Primary System. 

Special Election Voter Registration Deadline:  May 12, 2022

Candidate Filing Deadline:  April 1, 2022

Candidates:  https://www.elections.alaska.gov/Core/candidatelistspecprim.php

Top Four Primary Election Date:  June 11, 2022

Top Four General Election Date:  August 16, 2022