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ALASKA

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What May Be Initiated? The Alaska Constitution provides for direct initiation of legislation; constitutional amendments may not be submitted by the initiative procedure.

B. Petition Requirements. Signatures equaling 10 percent of

the total vote in the preceding general election from persons resident

in at least two-thirds of the election districts must be filed with the

Lieutenant Governor.

C. Votes to Pass. A majority of the votes cast on the proposition is necessary for adoption.

D.

Number of Initiatives. From 1960 (Alaska joined the Union in 1959 with the initiative provision in her constitution) through the general elections of 1976, six (6) initiated measures appeared on the ballot; three (3) were adopted.

B. Sources. State of Alaska, Official (Election) Returns.

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equal to 15 percent of the total votes cast at the last
preceding gubernatorial election.

2. Statutes. Signatures must be secured equal to 10 percent

of the total votes cast at the last preceding gubernatorial

election.

C. Votes to Pass. A majority of the votes cast thereon is sufficient to pass both constitutional amendments and statutes. D. Number of Initiatives on the Ballot.

1. Constitutional Amendments. From 1914 through 1976,
forty-six (46) constitutional amendments were on the

ballot; nineteen (19) were adopted.

2. Statutes. From 1914 through 1976, sixty-six (66)

statutes appeared on the ballot; twenty-three (23) passed.

E. Sources.

Arizona. Office of the Secretary of State. Initiative and referendum measures. Initiated by petition. [a mimeographed listing]

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Constitutional amendments. Initiated, by petition.
mimeographed listing]

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Initiative and referendum publicity pamphlets. [examined
years 1928-1940]

- General election returns. [for various years]

Houghton, N.D. Arizona's experience with the initiative and

referendum. New Mexico historical review. V. 29, July 1954: 183-209.

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