The ranked-choice voting system created by Ballot Measure 2 in 2020 brought a whole new set of challenges, including an extremely compressed timeline for the new governor.

Rather than having a sense of certainty within a few days of the election (barring a close race), and therefore putting together a transition team, it could be three weeks before the next incoming governor don’t know where it is. The general election will not have the books closed until November 23 and will not be certified until November 29. If a candidate wants to challenge the results, they will have until December 4 to do so.

The winner takes office the following day, December 5 at noon.

Because Democrat Les Gara and Bill Walker, the politically homeless man, are essentially running a combined campaign at this point, they could each end up with around 25% of the vote, and both could say they’ll be the winner. with the other 25% + 1 second voice of the man. If Gov. Mike Dunleavy has 47% of the vote in the first round, there’s a chance Gara or Walker could win by winning the second-place votes.

While that doesn’t seem likely, it’s technically possible that voters won’t know who won for weeks.

Who, then, gets the transition office in the Atwood State Office Building next week? Usually, the transition team is announced within days by the new governor, and the state provides offices and funding for the transition to governor-elect. In case of victory of a holder, there is no transition team.

This year, there’s little evidence Democrat Les Gara or Bill Walker are seriously working on transition teams. As the election gets closer and polling data gives clues as to how a candidate is doing, the candidate who thinks he is winning usually starts making phone calls asking people to submit resumes and to find out who wants to be part of the governor’s team. and in the office.

Gara and Walker could demand keys to the Atwood and offices, telephones, computers and photocopiers, but that would be a presumptuous move in this age of preferential-choice voting. Chances are they will abandon their campaigns and return home.

Another issue is that the new governor must have their budget tabled in the Legislative Assembly by December 15, which gives them 10 days after they are sworn in, but usually a governor-elect knows this weeks earlier and will begin to receive budget information.

For Governor Mike Dunleavy, who many believe will win re-election, the budget team has already worked on his 2024 budget and is currently putting the finishing touches on it. But if Les Gara or Bill Walker won, they would be stuck with the current budget, of which they would table a supplementary budget by February for consideration by the Legislative Assembly.

The political calendar:

November 8: Election Day ends at 8:00 p.m.

Nov. 10: Surveyed council begins review of disputed ballot envelopes

November 18: Deadline for receipt of absentee ballots sent from the United States, the United States territories of Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands and American Samoa

November 23: Deadline for receiving mail-in ballots from overseas addresses

November 23: Final regional tally of absentee and interviewee ballots

November 23: Elimination of written entries, fourth and third places if necessary, and tabulation of the final results at 4 p.m.

November 29: Target date to certify the general election

December 4: Last day to request a recount for Governor/Lieutenant Governor

December 5: The governor is sworn in at noon

December 15: Budget due to the Legislative Assembly for fiscal year 2024

January 17, 2023 – First day of legislative session

January 31, 2023 – 15th day of session, tabling of a supplementary bill

February 15, 2023 – 30th day of session, Governor’s amended budget presentation

16 April 2023 – 90th day of session, statutory end of session

May 17, 2023 – 121st day of session, constitutional end of session if prorogation