Petitions for Wage, Voting Ballot Initiatives Signed

By JAMES BROOKS
Alaska Beacon
    A pair of ballot measures have enough public support to appear on this year’s Alaska election ballots, Lt. Gov. Nancy Dahlstrom said by email Tuesday.
    Official certification hasn’t yet taken place, but Dahlstrom said the ongoing signature-verification process shows that each has enough signatures from eligible voters to force a statewide vote.
    One measure seeks to turn back the clock on Alaska’s elections system, returning it to what it was before 2020, when Alaskans voted to open the state’s primaries to all voters and to use a system of ranked choice sorting in the general election.
    The other measure would raise the state’s minimum wage, mandate paid sick leave and prohibit employers from requiring workers to hear messages about politics or religion.
    If the current legislative session lasts past April 22, the measures will appear on the November general election ballot. If the session adjourns before that date, they will appear on the August statewide primary ballot.
    Petitioners needed to gather the signatures of 26,705 eligible Alaska voters, with a specified minimum number from at least 30 of the state’s 40 House districts.
    Both ballot measures had at least 34,000 signatures and met the minimum district requirement as of Tuesday, the lieutenant governor said, and counting is expected to continue.
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20 YEARS AGO

April 2004

Photo caption: Grace Larson holds one of the Easter breads she baked for sale at the annual Rainy Day Bazaar Saturday at Centennial Hall. Hundreds turned out for the event, sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard Spouses and Women’s Association.

50 YEARS AGO

April 1974

All youngsters from walking age on up to age 12 are invited to an Easter egg hunt Sunday. Ages 5 and under meet at the Centennial Building; ages 6-9 in front of the visitor center at Totem Park; and ages 10-12 at Totem Park. Some $150 in cash and merchandise prizes will be offered.

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