Alaska State Capital Relocation, Initiative 1 (1962)

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The Alaska State Capital Relocation, Initiative 1 appeared on the November 6, 1962 ballot in Alaska, where it was defeated, earning 44% "yes" votes.Defeatedd

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Alaska State Capital Relocation, Initiative 1
Defeatedd No32,32554.91%
Yes 26,542 45.09%

Text of measure

Alaska Capitol in Juneau

The language on the ballot said:

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.

Ballot initiatives about moving state capitol

Between 1960 and 2002, six ballot initiatives and three legislative referrals regarding the location and costs of Alaska's state capital have been on the Alaskan ballot. Indeed, the first initiative ever to appear on the Alaskan ballot was about the location of the state capital, when the Cook Inlet State Capital Initiative proposed moving the capital from Juneau to the "Cook Inlet-Railbelt area." This proposal earned 44% of the vote.

After the Cook Inlet initiative failed, fans of relocating the capital tried again two years later, with the present initiative, this time proposing a move to "western Alaska" but not "within thirty miles of Anchorage." This proposal also earned 44% of the vote.

In 1978, Alaskans voted in favor of an initiative, the Alaska Cost of Relocating State Capitol (1978) by a margin of 55.7%. This measure said that any and all costs of moving the capitol must be determined prior to making a decision.

In 1994, Alaskans came back with another measure, Costs of Moving State Capitol, also requiring a determination of the cost of moving the capitol. The same year, 1994, Alaskans rejected the opportunity to move the state capitol to Wasilla.

The most recent initiative, which failed, was in 2002 when the Initiative to Move Locations of Legislative Sessions was on the ballot.[1][2]

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