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- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 15. Elections
- Chapter 30. National Elections
- Section 160. Findings and Declarations.
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AS 15.30.160. Findings and Declarations.
The people of the State of Alaska hereby find and declare as follows:
- (1) federal officeholders who remain in office for extended periods of time become preoccupied with their own reelection
and for that reason devote more effort to campaigning for their office than making legislative decisions for the
benefit of the people of Alaska;
- (2) federal officeholders have become to closely aligned with the special interest groups who provide contributions and
support for their reelection campaigns, give them special favors, and lobby the House of Representatives and Senate for
special interest legislation, all of which create corruption or the appearance of corruption of the legislative system;
- (3) entrenched incumbency has discouraged qualified citizens from seeking office and has led to a lack of competitiveness
and a decline in robust debate on issues of importance to the people of Alaska;
- (4) due to the appearance of corruption and the lack of competition for the legislative seats held by the entrenched
incumbents, there has been a reduction in voter participation which is counter-productive in a representative
- (5) the citizens of Alaska have a compelling interest in preventing corruption and the appearance of corruption by
limiting the number of terms which any Senator or Representative representing the people of this state may serve;
- (6) the citizens of Alaska have a compelling interest in preserving the integrity of the ballot by promoting competitive
elections and limiting the influence of special interests upon entrenched incumbent legislators;
- (7) the citizens of Alaska have a compelling interest in voting for the candidate or candidates of their choice, and in
standing for and holding elective office, and in preventing the perpetual monopolization of elective offices by
- (8) the citizens of Alaska have a compelling interest in extending the equal protection of the laws by ensuring that more
of the people of this state have an equal opportunity to stand for and hold elective office.
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