Ulmer appoints panel to study changing Alaska's open primary

Posted: Monday, January 29, 2001

JUNEAU (AP) -- Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer has named a task force to review Alaska's open primary election.

The panel will make some recommendations about how Alaska could change its primary election system to make it conform with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last summer, Ulmer said.

That ruling declared California's open primary unconstitutional. Alaska's system is similar.

Ulmer appointed four former lieutenant governors who still live in Alaska. That includes Lowell Thomas, Red Boucher, Steve McAlpine, and Jack Coghill. Also on the panel are Joyce Anderson of the Alaska League of Women Voters and former state attorneys general Av Gross and Doug Baily.

The group plans to hold its first meeting Feb. 9 via video conference.

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