This piece was originally published in the Chicago Tribune on November 2, 2022.
November 2, 2022 — For a nation torn apart politically, a cure is emerging, of all places, in Alaska.
On Nov. 8, voters in the 49th state will elect a U.S. senator and representative in a new way. The system, called “final four voting,” is aimed at choosing public officials — of any party — who will focus not on tearing down their opponents but on getting things done.
Alaska’s system, approved by the electorate in 2020, directly targets America’s greatest political challenges: how to get government to produce real solutions and, at the same time, mitigate unprecedented threats to the survival of our democracy.