Alaska State Capital Relocation, Initiative 1 (1962)

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The Alaska State Capital Relocation Initiative, also known as Initiative 1, was on the November 6, 1962 ballot in Alaska as an indirect initiated state statute, where it was defeated. The measure would have moved the Alaska state capital in Juneau to a location in "Western Alaska."[1]


In 1960, Robert Atwood, publisher of the Anchorage Daily Times, published an editorial pushing for the state capital to be relocated from Juneau. He argued that the capital should be located nearer to the state's commerce hub in the Cook Inlet. Initiative 1 of 1960 would have done just that, but was defeated.

Between 1960 and 2002, six ballot initiatives and three legislative referrals regarding the location of the state capital have been on the ballot. Following Initiative 1 of 1960, supporters of relocating the capital tried again in 1960 with the State Capital Relocation Initiative. This 1962 initiative, which was defeated, would have moved to capital to somewhere in "Western Alaska." In 1978, Alaskans approved a Cost of Relocating State Capital Initiative, which required the state to determine the costs of moving the capital before a decision could be made. Alaskans voted on and approved a similar measure in 1994. Nonetheless, Alaskans rejected an attempt to move the state capital to Wasilla, Alaska. In 2002, voters rejected Measure 2, which would have moved the state legislature to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.[1]

Election results

Alaska Initiative 1 (1962)
Defeatedd No32,32554.91%
Yes 26,542 45.09%

Election results via: Alaska Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Proposed, that the Capital of Alaska be relocated in Western Alaska, to a site not within thirty miles of Anchorage. A committee of senior senators from each senatorial district shall select not more than three locations, consisting of not less than 6400 acres of state lands. They shall consider accessibility by road, railroad, airline service and terrain necessary for airport construction. From the locations selected the site shall be chosen by plurality vote of the people. The Legislature shall immediately thereafter provide for planning and construction of necessary state facilities. Movement of the capital shall begin before June 1, 1968.[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Alaska Division of Elections, "Moving the Capital: A History of Ballot Measures," accessed January 13, 2015
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.