Best news I have heard all year.
Courtesy of ADN:
Alaska’s Democrats have thrown away their old way of picking presidential candidates and are preparing to debut a new ranked-choice, vote-by-mail system for their April 4 presidential primary.
Eight candidates will be on the ballot: former Vice President Joe Biden; Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders; Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren; South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg; Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar; former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg; Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, and California billionaire Tom Steyer.
Lindsay Kavanaugh, executive director of the Alaska Democratic Party, said the new system will not have the problems that plagued Iowa’s first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses. For one, Alaska won’t have caucuses this year, a switch from 2016.
“They’re a fairly antiquated method of determining presidential preference,” she said.
In 2016, Alaskans complained about overcrowding, long waits and the inaccessibility of the existing system for picking presidential candidates. After proposing and discarding a plan for smartphone voting, state Democrats have now moved to a mailed ballot, something Kavanaugh said should be accessible to many more of the state’s 75,000 registered Democrats.
I cannot begin to tell you how awesome this news is for the Alaskan Democrats.
The 2016 caucus seemed to go on forever, and I was not at all sure if I would be able to participate this year.
But now I can cast my vote from the comfort of my own home and I think it is going to be a game changer.
Now, we just have to get every other state still using the antiquated caucus system to follow our example.