Alaska Constructing a New Capital City, Initiative 1 (August 1974)

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The Alaska Constructing a New Capital City Initiative, also known as Initiative 1, was on the August 22, 1974 ballot in Alaska as an indirect initiated state statute, where it was approved. The measure was designed to move the state capital from Juneau to "Western Alaska." The final selection of a location, however, would go up for vote in 1976.[1]

Election results

Alaska Initiative 1 (August 1974)
Approveda Yes 46,659 56.66%

Election results via: Alaska Department of Elections

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Initiative Petition No. 1

This initiative bill calls for construction of a new Alaskan capital city at one of two or three sites nominated by a selection committee appointed by the Governor. Each site must include at least 100 square miles of donated and public land, in Western Alaska at least thirty miles from Anchorage and Fairbanks. The final selection will be made, after a committee report and hearings, by plurality vote in a general election. Construction must allow movement of offices to begin by October 1, 1980. Funding for committee activity and construction of capital facilities is to be provided by the Legislature.[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 ICPSR, "Referenda and Primary Election Materials," accessed January 20, 2015
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.