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Alaska Homesteading of Vacant State Land, Proposition 4 (1978)

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The Alaska Homesteading of Vacant State Land Initiative, also known as Proposition 4, was on the November 7, 1978 ballot in Alaska as an indirect initiated state statute, where it was approved. The measure made all vacant, unappropriated and unreserved state general grant land available for homesteading until 30 percent or 30,000,000 acres of the available land, whichever comes first, has passed into private ownership. A resident who homesteads for three years would be eligible for one grant of 40 acres, except in southeast Alaska, where the homesteader would be eligible for one grant of 20 acres. A resident who homesteads for five years would be eligible for two grants of 40 acres, or 80 acres total. A resident who homesteads for ten years would be eligible for four grants of 40 acres, or 160 acres in total.[1]

Election results

Alaska Proposition 4 (1978)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 70,409 55.92%
No55,51144.08%

Election results via: Alaska Department of Elections

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Ballot Proposition No. 4
Initiative No. 10
Disposal of State Lands

This proposal would make all vacant, unappropriated and unreserved State general grant land (except trust land and 500,000 acres selected by the State for public purposes) available for homesteading until 30% of the land or 30,000,000 acres, whichever comes first, has passed into private ownership. A three-year resident would be eligible for one grant of 40 acres (20 acres in Southeast Alaska); a five-year resident would be eligible for two grants; a ten year resident would be eligible for four grants. However, only one grant could be received per year.[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 ICPSR, "Referenda and Primary Election Materials," accessed January 20, 2015
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.