With recent changes to Alaska’s voting laws, it is vital that we as a state remain transparent with our election process, as to ensure trust in the system. To preempt and proactively address possible calls to scrutinize election results, the Alaska State Legislature should pass a resolution requiring automatic audits of statewide races. To avoid partisan bickering over results one way or another, Alaska should lead the way in election transparency.
Whether it be claims of election interference from foreign powers, or allegations of voter fraud, both parties and independents alike have increased interest in election integrity. While calls to audit and recount results have been heavily polarized in the past election cycle, Alaska can help to break that perception. By declaring ahead of time that results will be reconfirmed, politicians running and their voters will have increased trust in the process.