Alaska voters reject constitutional convention

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska voters have rejected calling a state constitutional convention.

    The question of whether to call a convention appears on the ballot every 10 years.

    It has in the past been defeated in lopsided votes and gotten little attention.

    But supporters of a convention saw an opening this year amid public frustration with the years-long legislative fights over what size the annual check paid to residents from Alaska’s oil-wealth fund should be.

    Some hoped to advocate for abortion restrictions or changes in how Alaska judges are picked.

    Opponents of a convention said a convention was unnecessary and risky.

    One opposition group reported raising more than $4.5 million in its bid to defeat the measure.

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