Alaska Cook Inlet State Capital, Initiative 1 (August 1960)

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The Alaska Cook Inlet State Capital Initiative, also known as Initiative 1, was on the August 9, 1960 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 the Cook Inlet-Railbelt area.[1]

Initiative 1 was the first initiative ever to appear on an Alaskan ballot.


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 would have done just that.

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 (1960)
Defeatedd No23,97255.96%
Yes 18,865 44.04%

Election results via: Alaska Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

It is proposed that on and after January 1, 1965, the Capital of the State of Alaska, which is by Section 20 of Article XV of the State Constitution located in Juneau, be relocated within the Cook Inlet-Railbelt area. The exact location within this area is to be selected by a committee of five to be appointed by the Governor.[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.