EDITORIAL: Does Alaska need a constitutional convention?

Convention

By Anchorage Daily News Editorial Board


Once per decade, Alaska voters are faced with a momentous choice: Whether to initiate a constitutional convention that would propose wholesale changes — potentially even a complete rewrite — of our state’s founding document. Although this provision of the Alaska Constitution has been cause for heartburn among many over the years, it serves a valuable function. It forces us to step back and assess whether Alaska has issues of governance that are profound enough that cracking open the constitution is the best realistic remedy to address them. Alaskans take this responsibility seriously, and each time the vote has been taken in the past several decades, the result has been a rejection of a new constitutional convention.

This year, Alaskans should reject it once again.

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