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Alaska Constructing a New Capital City, Initiative 1 (August 1974)

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The Alaska Constructing a New Capital City, Initiative 1 appeared on the August 22, 1974 statewide primary election ballot in Alaska as an indirect initiated state statute, where it was approved.Approveda

Election results

Alaska Constructing a New Capital City, Initiative 1
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 46,659 56.7%
No35,68343.3%

Text of measure

The language on the ballot said,

This initiative bill calls for construction of a new Alaskan capital city at one of two or three sites nominated by a selection committee appointed by the Governor. Each site must include at least 100 square miles of donated and public land, in Western Alaska at least thirty miles from Anchorage and Fairbanks. The final selection will be made, after a committee report and hearings, by plurality vote in a general election. Construction must allow movement of offices to begin by October 1, 1980. Funding for committee activity and construction of capital facilities is to be provided by the Legislature.

Ballot initiatives about moving state capitol

Between 1960 and 1994, five ballot initiatives regarding the location and costs of Alaska's state capital were placed on the ballot via petition. 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 capitol from Juneau to the "Cook Inlet-Railbelt area." This proposal earned 44% of the vote.

Fans of relocating the capital tried again two years later, with the State Capital Relocation 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 present initiative.[1]

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