Vote no on Measure 4

Letter to the editor

Posted: Sunday, October 31, 2004

Some say Ballot Measure No. 4 would give you the right to vote on filling vacant U.S. Senate seats. You already have that right. Current law says that special elections shall be held between 60 and 90 days after a vacancy occurs.

The law also says that the governor may appoint someone to fill the vacancy to serve until election results are certified. Why? Because Sen. Ted Stevens is good, but he can't vote twice on each bill affecting Alaskans. He can't work on bills that are in committees he's not a member of.

We need to have two senators in the U.S. Senate every day to fully represent Alaska's interests both in committee and on the Senate floor.

Ballot Measure No. 4 isn't necessary because we can vote to fill a Senate vacancy now. It's dangerous because if it passes Alaskans could be left under-represented. Vote "no" on 4.

Paul Stephen McCarthy


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