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What’s on the Ballot for Alaskans on November 2nd

Hey Alaskans! With all the press on the US Senate race, did you know there are three measures on our November 2nd ballot? Here are three things to think about in the next two weeks:

Bonding Proposition A – State Guaranteed Veterans Residential Mortgage Bonds, $600,000,000 Shall the State of Alaska unconditionally guarantee as a general obligation of the state the payment of principal and interest on revenue bonds of the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation issued in the principal amount of not more than $600,000,000 for the purpose of purchasing mortgages made for residences for qualifying veterans, as defined by law?

Bonding Proposition B – State General Obligation Library, Education, and Educational Research Facility Bonds, $397,200,000

Shall the State of Alaska issue its general obligation bonds in the principal amount of not more than $397,200,000 for the purpose of design and construction of library, education and educational research facilities?

Ballot Measure #1 – Increase Number of Legislators and Districts

This Act would amend the Alaska Constitution to increase the number of state legislators from 60 to 66.  The Act would increase the number of senate members from 20 to 22.  It would increase the number of house members from 40 to 44.  Six new legislative districts would be created as a result – 4 in the House and 2 in the Senate.  The changes proposed by the Act would go into effect on or after January 1, 2011, after a new redistricting plan based on the 2010 U.S. Census is adopted.

Should this constitutional amendment be adopted?

You can find more details on these ballot measures on the Division of Election’s General Elections Ballot Measure page at http://www.elections.alaska.gov/ei_general_bm.php. You can find a supportive listing of the projects funded by Bonding Measure B at http://yespropb.com/projects.html. Disclosure: I work for a State institution whose building would be partly funded by a yes vote. You can find out more details about that project at alaskalamp.blogspot.com. That’s pretty much all I can publicly say about it. Regardless of how you feel about this or any other ballot measure, I hope you will go the polls on November 2nd.

If you’re a registered voter in Alaska and are not sure where to vote or who’s appearing on your ballot besides McAdams, Murkowski and Miller, check out the Division of Elections General Election info page at http://www.elections.alaska.gov/ei_general.php.

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