Town meeting set on legislative move

Posted: Sunday, October 13, 2002

JUNEAU - Juneau residents are invited to a town meeting Tuesday about a ballot initiative that would move legislative sessions to Anchorage or the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

The Alaska Committee, a local group campaigning against a move, is sponsoring the meeting as a way to raise awareness about the measure, which will appear on the Nov. 5 ballot.

Jim Calvin, a researcher with Juneau's McDowell Group, will make a presentation at the meeting about what a legislative and capital move would do to the economy of Juneau and Southeast Alaska. Alaska Committee members will explain how to vote early, where new polling stations are, and how people can help encourage others to vote.

The committee will provide postcards at the meeting so people can send notes to family and friends in Alaska urging them to vote against Ballot Measure 2, campaign director Christopher Clark said. People should bring addresses, he said.

"The idea is to send a simple message to family and friends across the state saying please vote 'no,' and we'll provide the postage," he said.

The committee will ask for volunteers for get-out-the-vote efforts, he said. Early voting starts Oct. 21.

The town meeting will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Centennial Hall. For more information, call the Alaska Committee at 463-4305.

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