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Elected Officials Feel Free to Ignore Voice of the Electorate at a Whim


Letters / Anchorage Daily News / September 10, 2006

If a candidate received more than 50 percent of the votes in the primary, and then again won more than 50 percent of the votes in the general election, would the candidate believe he or she should be governor?

What if there was a panel of sociologists and economists and other experts who believed otherwise? Should their will subvert the will and the votes of the people?

Alaska's voters have rejected same-day aerial wolf hunting twice. We never said wolf hunting should be illegal; only that shooting wolves out of airplanes should be. More than one gubernatorial candidate has stated that wildlife shouldn't be managed by the people's feelings but by experts.

My main concern is not about the wolves but the value of our votes. If a candidate is willing to ignore the will of the people in this issue, then what is to prevent them from ignoring the will of the people in any issue?

How can I vote for any candidate who would disrespect the vote of the people? How could any reasonable citizen of a democracy?

---- Jim Woodside / Seward

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