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Alaska Chief Justice Election by Supreme Court, Amendment 4 (August 1970)

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The Alaska Chief Justice Election by Supreme Court, Amendment 4 was on the August 25, 1970 statewide primary ballot in Alaska as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.Approveda

The amendment called for a change in how the Alaska Supreme Court chose its Chief Justice. Under the terms of the proposed amendment, the chief justice would be:

  • Selected from among the court's justices by a majority vote.
  • The term of office should be three years.
  • Terms as chief justice may not be consecutive.

Election results

Alaska Chief Justice Election by Supreme Court, Amendment 4
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 44,055 69.2%
No19,58330.8%

Text of measure

The ballot summary said,

This provision amends the State Constitution by the addition of language prescribing that the chief justice of the supreme court shall be selected from among the justices of the court by a majority vote of the justices. The provision further delineates the chief justice's term in office as three years and that although a justice may serve more than one term as chief justice, such terms may not be consecutive.

Changes to the Alaska Constitution

The passing of Alaska Chief Justice Election by Supreme Court, Amendment 4 amended Article IV, Section 2 of the Alaska Constitution.

Judicial reform in 1970

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