Poll call: Registered Alaska voters head to ballot boxes across the state on Tuesday for primary elections. The once-in-a-decade redrawing of Alaska's political boundaries has sent nearly every state lawmaker back to constituents for re-election; that's resulted in more than a few interesting intra-party battles. Voters will decide the fate of a controversial coastal resource development program and whether to tweak municipal property tax laws.
Primaries are important -- just ask U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski or Joe Miller. More information about early voting and absentee voting can be found from the state of Alaska Division of Elections.
On the left, the party's pretty tame, at least in Alaska Senate primary contests. Only one primary offers any real intraparty drama and that's the Senate District M contest between two Democratic heavyweights, incumbent Sen. Bettye Davis and former state Rep. Harry Crawford, who tried and failed (like so many before him) to unseat Congressman Don Young back in 2010. If Crawford prevails, his legacy will be that he took out the first and only black female elected to the Legislature.
Primary voters looking for referendum politics, for a chance to shape a party's platform and ideology, will find all the juice on the right. Alaska Republicans have contested primaries in five districts across the state.
Races for the Alaska House of Representatives have garnered less attention than those for the Senate. Six districts across Alaska feature Democrat-on-Democrat primary elections.
Republicans are squaring off against Republicans in 14 House districts.
Voters looking for more information on candidates and contests, initiatives and issues, read on: