An Anchorage Superior Court judge has granted permission for the political group that introduced a ballot measure to overhaul a number of areas of the state’s election system to begin collecting signatures for the initiative even while the application remains mired in litigation. 

The initiative, introduced by Alaskans for Better Elections, would increase campaign disclosure requirements in an effort to reduce the use of “dark money” from outside political groups as well as implement a ranked-choice voting system. 

Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer rejected the initiative application last week on the grounds that it violated the single-subject rule and included too many topics in one application. The group promptly filed an appeal and, while the litigation is sorted, Judge Yvonne Lamoureaux issued an order allowing the group to begin collecting signatures arguing that should the case go in the favor of the group, delaying the start of signature collecting could hurt the effort.

Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson issued an opinion siding with Meyer on the ruling, citing the same violation of the single-subject rule.

Oral arguments in the appeal case are set to begin Nov. 1.

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