Opinion: A constitutional convention is not necessary

By Rick Harris



I am voting no on a convention.

Alaska’s Constitution was adopted by a Constitutional Convention on Feb. 5, 1956 and became operative with the Proclamation of Alaska Statehood on January 3, 1959.

This constitution includes a voter’s right to determine every decade if the state should hold a new constitutional convention. The Nov. 8, 2022 ballot presents the mandated opportunity to approve or reject such a gathering to change Alaska’s foremost document.

When considering this question, I found that the authors of the 1956 constitution had a visionary understanding that a constitution written in 1956 may not represent future needs. Their inclusion of a voter’s option to approve a constitutional convention is a failsafe way to amend the constitution if elected representatives fail, through the legislative process, to offer amendments to address pressing issues before Alaska.

I found the current system for the Legislature to offer constitutional amendments for voter action works very well.

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