Alaska Ballot Measure 7
, also known as the Term Limits Pledge for Candidates
, was on the November 3, 1998
election ballot in Alaska
as an indirect initiated state statute
, where it was approved
The three co-sponsors of the initiative were James Kentch, Sylvia Short, and Kentlee Woodman.
| Alaska Term Limits Pledge, Measure 7|
| Yes|| 109,613|| 50.2%|
The language that appeared on the ballot said, "This bill would require the lieutenant governor to allow candidates for the United States Congress or Alaska Legislature to make a term limits pledge. A candidate would pledge to limit service to three terms in the U.S. House and two in the Senate or to eight out of 16 years in the Alaska Legislature. The bill would require printing "signed term limits pledge" next to the pledging candidate's name on the ballot and other state election material. It would similarly require printing "broke term limits pledge" if a pledging candidate seeks a term exceeding the term limits in the pledge."
Path to the ballot
- Application was received in the Lieutenant Governor's Office on June 16, 1997.
- A copy of the application and signatures were sent to the Department of Law and Division of Elections on June 16, 1997.
- The Division of Elections determined that there were a sufficient number of sponsor signatures on June 23, 1997.
- The application was certified on September 8, 1997.
- Petition booklets were issued to the initiative committee on September 17, 1997.
- The one year filing deadline was September 15, 1998.
- Petition booklets were submitted to the Division of Elections on January 12, 1998.
- Lieutenant Governor Ulmer certified the petition for this initiative as properly filed on April 17, 1998.
- The initiative appeared on the 1998 general election ballot.