The campaign to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy has a total of 18,198 signatures as of the most recent update.
The process needs 28,501 signatures, equivalent to 10 percent of the voters who participated in the last election, in order to send an application to the director of the Division of Elections.
The Recall Dunleavy group has held multiple signature gathering events across the state since launching on Aug. 1. Signatures from some communities are still being collected, according to a Thursday news release.
“We wanted to only release the numbers of signatures that we have physically in-hand," Recall Dunleavy Chair Meda DeWitt stated in the news release. "There are signature sheets from all over the state that still need to be mailed in from this week’s efforts - e.g. 1,200 in Fairbanks, 600 in Soldotna, 58 in Kake, and over 100 from Dillingham, which just kicked off their signature gathering event (Thursday). This brings us to over 20,000 in one week.”
The campaign website is recalldunleavy.org. In Fairbanks, there is a Recall Dunleavy booth set up in the Borealis Building at the Tanana Valley State Fair.
Dunleavy was elected to a four-year term in November 2018.
The recall process in Alaska requires a number of steps, the first of which is to gather the 10% of the number of voters who participated in the last election. Once the recall application is approved by the Division of Elections, organizers must start over and obtain the signatures of 25% of the total number who voted in the last election. An election would be called once that total is reached.
Alaska has only seen one other organized recall effort of a governor since statehood. That occurred in 1992 and was against Gov. Walter J. Hickel and Lt. Gov. Jack Coghill. The effort stalled.
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