Should Alaska hold another constitutional convention? Voters share how they’re weighing the question.

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KTOO: A copy of the Alaska constitution at Vic Fischer’s home. Fischer is the last surviving delegate from the 1955 Alaska Constitutional Convention. (Lori Townsend/Alaska Public Media)

By Kavitha George, Alaska Public Media


Alaskans are asked every 10 years whether they want to hold another constitutional convention. The question is usually defeated by a wide margin, but polling this year shows it’s a closer race. Campaigns on both sides are investing time and money to fight for votes, although the no campaign is outspending the yes side by a wide margin.

Victoria Miller is a nurse based in Anchorage and she’s voting “no” on whether Alaska should hold another constitutional convention.

“I’m really concerned that it’s going to be changing the reproductive rights here in Alaska,” Miller said. “I’ve done some research about the people that are really encouraging this and are kind of behind the proposal. And they’re people that definitely want to limit reproductive rights in Alaska.”

Miller is among the 46% of Alaskans who responded “no” to a recent AARP poll that asked whether they want the state to hold another constitutional convention. That’s a lot lower than the 67% percent of Alaskans who voted against a convention the last time it was on the ballot. 30% said “yes,” which is about the same percentage that has voted yes in recent decades. The rest of the respondents said they didn’t know, were unsure or declined to answer.

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