An order from the Alaska Supreme Court allows independent candidates, including Gov. Bill Walker, to run on state parties’ primary ballots – a decision with potential ramifications in this year’s general elections.
The high court issued a one-page order affirming a Superior Court judge’s decision in favor of the Alaska Democratic Party, which wanted to allow undeclared and non-partisan candidates to run in Democratic primaries. That request was initially denied by the state Division of Elections in 2016.
The State of Alaska appealed to the high court, citing its interest in protecting a “party affiliation rule” requiring that candidates appearing on a party’s primary ballot be registered with that party.