Election reform group turns in signatures for elections proposal

Jason Grenn wheels boxes of signatures to the Division of Elections regional office in Anchorage
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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Backers of a proposed ballot initiative aimed at overhauling elections in Alaska have turned in signatures seeking to qualify the measure for this year's ballot.

The group Alaskans for Better Elections says it turned in more than 41,000 signatures Thursday. They were required to get just over 28,000 qualified signatures.

The proposal calls for open primaries and allowing for rank-choice voting in general elections. It also seeks to strengthen reporting requirements for certain political contributions.

A judge in October allowed for signature gathering to begin after Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer denied the initiative application. The judge's decision is being appealed.

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