Alaska Replacement of U.S. Senators Initiative, Measure 4 (2004)

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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.[1]

Election results

Alaska Measure 4 (2004)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 165,017 55.59%
No131,82144.41%

Election results via: Alaska Department of Elections

Background

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.[2]

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

BALLOT MEASURE NO. 4
Temporary Replacement of U.S. Senator
03SENV

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?

YES
NO[3]

Support

Campaign contributions

A major donor in support of the measure was Trust the People-Yes on 4 who spent $180,081 for the campaign.[4]

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