Alaskans prepare for state’s first ranked choice election cycle | Alaska Insight

Alaska’s new voting method is getting a robust test in the upcoming special election. Lori Townsend finds out what Alaskans need to know about the upcoming elections and the ranked choice system from Division of Elections’ Gail Fenumiai and Alaskans for Better Elections’ Jason Grenn.

Lori Townsend is the news director and senior host for Alaska Public Media. You can send her news tips and program ideas for Talk of Alaska and Alaska Insight at or call 907-550-8452.

Originally from the Central Coast of California, Valerie joined Alaska Public Media in July 2017. She creates original video content for the station's TV and digital platforms while also overseeing the Production Department. Before moving to Alaska, Valerie worked as an ENG Editor at WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina. She also served in the U.S. Air Force as a TV and Radio Broadcast Journalist where she traveled around Europe, Africa, The Baltics, Australia, and the Southern United States reporting on military events, exercises, and missions. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, backcountry skiing, backpacking, yoga, and traveling.

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