A group of citizens is working to start an initiative to change how the Kenai Peninsula Borough conducts its elections. This initiative is being proposed by local political activists Fred Sturman and James Price. Mr. Price wrote the initiative…
Price: “What we’re proposing is to change the method of voting in the borough, to vote by mail. We’ve got some terrible numbers as far as voter turnout, people aren’t showing up to vote. In the last assembly election, one of the candidates was elected with less than 3% of the total registered voters, I think that’s just terrible, and we need to do something to get people to participate and vote. They do this in Oregon, they do it in Washington, it’s an accepted practice. What we’re going to try do is get the borough to follow the absentee voting procedures to conduct a vote by mail election, and we’ll also add a ranked choice voting provision, it will eliminate the need for a run off election by having run off voting.”
The citizens group will be holding an informational this evening at 6:30pm at Sturman’s building on the Kenai Spur Highway across from Baileys in Soldotna.
Mr. Price can be reached at 776-3481, Sturman can be reached at 252-0100