Art Chance: Elections in Anchorage have been a disaster for sane people because mail-in voting favors the left


The sane people of Anchorage may take solace in the failure of the miserly obligation measures initiated by the People’s Committee for Education, Excuse Me, Anchorage Oblast School Board, Sorry, I I always find myself in the wrong country and the wrong decade.

We can also take comfort in Randy Sulte’s loss to Assemblyman John Weddleton, although Weddleton was such a gregarious guy, with MP Jamie Allard having a majority, he probably would have been a pretty reliable vote for her . That said, good riddance; all he had going for him was that he wasn’t as bad as the real Communists. And that’s the end of the good news about the Anchorage mayoral election.

Reasonable people may disagree about police, fire and other service obligations. All passed, but none with my vote because I’m just not willing to give the corrupt and selfish city government one penny more. Maybe when we have a government that represents taxpayers rather than interest groups and public employees, I will think about giving them money beyond what they confiscate with taxes.

The rest of the election was just plain disastrous for sane people. First, let’s deal with a pernicious meme that permeates conservative opinion, including opinion on these pages. Many self-proclaimed “true conservatives” claim that the Communist Anchorage Assembly exists because conservatives simply can’t be bothered to vote; it’s just not true. The mail-in election system stacks up against centrist/conservative voters and the advantage is usually insurmountable. Bronson’s election was a fluke made possible by the left-wing split precipitated by former mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s tryst. Weddleton practically mailed out his campaign and Stulte pulled off a narrow victory. We center-right got a win at Eagle River, but as Kelly Merrick’s false flag victory over Jamie Allard in the home race showed a few years ago, even Eagle River isn’t not immune to a well-run and funded false flag. flag campaign.

At the root of the problem is Alaska’s very lax voter registration system. Even in the 1970s, Alaska accommodated its highly transient population by making voter registration easier. Registrars sitting at a card table at the entrances to stores and malls were a sight every weekend during election season. You had to sign an oath that you were who you said you were and lived where you said you lived, but I’ve never seen any evidence that anyone verified it.

The earliest political news I have fond memories of are the controversies surrounding Governor Jay Hammond’s loss to incumbent Governor Bill Egan and his first loss to former Governor Walter Hickel in 1978. The courts found extensive evidence of negligence , incompetence and misconduct, but they made a rule that such conduct should be sufficient to alter the outcome of the election, and they left that decision to themselves.

An already lax and poorly managed registration and election system was made even less rigorous by the “car voter” provisions of federal election law enacted during the Clinton years. Anyone who had contact with a government office was likely registered to vote whenever they had such contact. We can wonder how much effort has gone into eliminating duplicate records. Duplicates remain a vexatious problem; some are just two people with the same name, but some are duplicate or even multiple records.

Then we had a “hold my beer” moment. For those who thought our voting system was too lax, we went one step further when we enacted the Permanent Fund Dividend Record System. Anyone over the age of 18 who has met the residency requirements to receive a PFD, and many who have not, is now a registered voter. The Permanent Fund Division of the Department of Revenue has almost no ability to verify residency or identity fraud. A significant percentage of Alaska’s registered voters no longer live here; they took up residence, got a PFD or two, and moved elsewhere. The state of Alaska, for good and bad reasons, has done a terrible job of purging the rolls of inactive voters. There are many, certainly thousands, of registered voters who haven’t set foot in Alaska in years and probably never will again.

The vast majority of these people have never thought of Alaska and certainly never taken the risk of fraudulently voting in Alaska. But, they don’t have to. Having their name on the voters list is all someone who intends to defraud needs.

Anchorage uses the state’s hopelessly polluted voter rolls and sends a ballot to the address registered on the state rolls. Unfortunately, the person who appears on the voters list at that address may not have lived there for years. Anchorage touts its system in which it sends a postcard to registered voters’ addresses and asks them to verify that they are the person registered at that address. How many of them do you think actually get a response? The more conscientious could scribble “not at this address” and put it back in the mailbox; most will simply throw it in the trash. In multi-family dwellings, many will cram right at the mailbox. Give me a team of woke students and some money, and I’ll efficiently harvest all those lonely unclaimed ballots.

This is an entry level course on how to commit fraud. In Anchorage, I don’t think they engaged in much fraud, if any; they don’t have to do that yet.

In Anchorage’s mail-in ballot system and in state elections, when they use mail-in ballots, the left can vote in bulk. They don’t have to use the state’s polluted voter rolls without up-to-date contact information. The unions and left-wing interest groups that make up the bulk of the left-wing vote have up-to-date membership lists and up-to-date contact information. In the case of most unions, they regularly obtain updated lists from employers at your expense. Voluntary interest groups have to work a little harder, but they have much more accurate contact information than center/right candidates who have to rely on state lists or spend a lot of money on lists collected privately that are a little, only a little, more accurate.

Leftists set up their phone banks and cast their vote. Many, if not most, of the people who work in their phone banks are on paid leave from their employers.

If they have recalcitrant voters, some of them don’t hesitate to send some guys from the Hall to a deputy for a little more persuasion.

Center-right candidates must cast their vote with shoe leather, volunteers who really give of their personal time, and the use of a highly fragmented and expensive print and electronic media.

The reality is that as long as there are mail-in elections, the left will win most of them. Anchorage is lost unless we can eliminate mail voting.

Art Chance is a former Director of Labor Relations for the State of Alaska, formerly of Juneau and now living in Anchorage. He is the author of the book “Red on Blue, Establishing a Republican Governance”, available on Amazon.

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