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Recall Petition Process

The recall petition is the procedure by which the people may remove the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, or members of the state Legislature from office. The recall question appears on a special election ballot.

    Application Process:


    • The recall petition committee prepares an application with the name and office of the person to be recalled and the grounds for the recall, which may not exceed 200 words. This application cannot be submitted within the first 120 days of the term of office.
    • The collection of signatures by the recall committee of qualified voters equal in number to 10 percent of those who voted in the preceding General Election in Alaska or in the senate or house district of the official sought to be recalled, 100 of whom will serve as sponsors for petition circulation purposes.
    • The application is presented to the Director of Elections.

    • The review of the application by the Director of Elections and the Department of Law.
    • Notification by the Director of Elections if the application is certified or denied is given to the recall committee. If certified, the Director shall prepare a sufficient number of petition booklets to allow full circulation throughout the state or throughout the senate or house district of the official sought to be recalled.

    Recall Petition Booklet Process:


    • Upon notification that an application is certified, the Division of Elections prepares 500 recall petition booklets for the recall committee.
    • Upon notification to the recall committee by the Division of Elections that the booklets are ready for distribution, the recall committee will have up to 180 days prior to the termination of the term of office of a state public official subject to recall to submit signatures of qualified voters.
    • The recall petition committee collects signatures of qualified voters. The number of signatures needed is equal to 10 percent of those who voted in the preceding General Election in Alaska or in the senate or house district of the office being sought to be recalled. Of the qualified signatures 100, will serve as sponsors.
    • The recall committee files the recall petition with the Division of Elections.

    Signature Review Process:


    • The Division of Elections reviews the signatures.
    • Notification to the recall committee by the Director of Elections if the petition is or is not sufficient (i.e., there were enough qualified signatures) to appear on the ballot.
    • Calling of the Special Election.
    • Preparation of the ballot.

Legal References:

The recall petition procedures appear in Article XI of the Alaska Constitution, Alaska Election Law and the Alaska Administrative Code. Click the below links to view the Alaska Constitution, Alaska statutes and regulations:

You may view and/or print an outline that summarizes the statutes and regulations as well as to view sample pages and the number of signatures required. This information should not be considered a substitute for reading the statutes and regulations in their entirety.

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