Alaska Replacement of U.S. Senators Initiative, Measure 4 (2004)
The Alaska Replacement of U.S. Senators Initiative, also known as Measure 4, was on the November 2, 2004 ballot in Alaska as an indirect initiated state statute, where it was approved. The measure required that a vacancy in the position of United States Senator of Alaska be filled through a special election.
|Alaska Measure 4 (2004)|
Election results via: Alaska Department of Elections
The initiative was proposed following the appointment of Lisa Murkowski (R) to the United States Senate by her father, Gov. Frank Murkowski (R). The seat was vacated by Frank Murkowski when he was elected governor in 2002.
Text of measure
The language appeared on the ballot as:
This measure would repeal state law by which the Governor makes a temporary appointment of a person to fill a U. S. Senate vacancy until a special or regular election can be held. Under existing law the seat remains vacant until an appointment is made. Under the initiative the seat would remain vacant until the election is certified and the senate meets. Existing law provides that a special election will be held within 60 to 90 days to fill a vacancy unless the vacancy occurs within 60 days of the primary election for that seat. This initiative does not change that provision.
Should this initiative become law?
A major donor in support of the measure was Trust the People-Yes on 4 who spent $180,081 for the campaign.
- Alaska Department of Elections, "2004 Official Election Pamphlet: Ballot Measures," accessed February 9, 2015
- USA Today, "Alaska judge orders 517,000 ballots reprinted, redistributed for Nov. 2 election," September 30, 2004
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Follow the Money, Alaska Measure 4 Donations
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