Judge says Alaska election proposal should advance to next phase

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A judge says backers of a proposed ballot measure calling for ranked-choice voting in statewide elections should be allowed to begin signature gathering, a decision the state plans to appeal.

The Anchorage Daily News reports Superior Court Judge Yvonne Lamoureux found the application should have been certified and that the Division of Elections should let supporters begin gathering signatures to try to qualify the measure for the ballot. Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer, following advice from Attorney General Kevin Clarkson, rejected certification in August.

Department of Law spokeswoman Cori Mills says the state plans to ask Lamoureux to halt enforcement of her order while the state appeals.

Jason Grenn, a former Anchorage lawmaker who co-chairs the group backing the measure, says the group will begin mobilizing its volunteers.

Information from: Anchorage Daily News, http://www.adn.com