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Petition ID: 03SENV

AN ACT RELATING TO FILLING A VACANCY

IN THE OFFICE OF UNITED STATES SENATOR.


Posted 09/17/03

Proposed Bill:

AN ACT RELATING TO FILLING A VACANCY IN THE OFFICE OF UNITED STATES SENATOR


Be it enacted by the people of the State of Alaska:


Section 1. AS 15.40.140 is amended to read:

Sec. 15.40.140. Condition and time of calling special election. When a vacancy occurs in the office of United States senator or United States representative, the governor shall, by proclamation, call a special election to be held on a date not less than 60, nor more than 90, days after the date the vacancy occurs. However, if the vacancy occurs on a date that is less than 60 days before or is on or after the date of the primary election in the general election year during which a candidate to fill the office is regularly elected, the governor may not call a special election.


Section 2. AS 15.40 is amended by adding a new section to read:

Sec. 15.40.165. Term of elected senator. At the special election, a United States senator shall be elected to fill the remainder of the unexpired term. The person elected shall take office on the date the United States Senate meets, convenes, or reconvenes following the certification of the results of the special election by the director.


Section 3. AS 15.40.200 is amended to read:

Sec. 15.40.200. Requirements of party petition. Petitions for the nomination of candidates of political parties shall state in substance that the party desires and intends to support the named candidate for the office of United States senator or United States representative, as appropriate, at the special election and requests that the name of the candidate nominated be placed on the ballot.


Section 4. AS 15.40.220 is amended to read:

Sec. 15.40.220. General provisions for conduct of special election. Unless specifically provided otherwise, all provisions regarding the conduct of the general election shall govern the conduct of the special election of the United States senator or United States representative, including provisions concerning voter qualifications; provisions regarding the duties, powers, rights, and obligations of the director, of other election officials, and municipalities; provision for notification of the election; provision for payment of election expenses; provisions regarding employees being allowed time from work to vote; provisions for the counting, reviewing, and certification of returns; provisions for the determination of the votes and of recounts, contests, and appeal; and provision for absentee voting.


Section 5. AS 15.40.310 is amended to read:

Sec. 15.40.310. General provisions for conduct of special election. Unless specifically provided otherwise, all provisions regarding the conduct of the general election shall govern the conduct of the special election of the governor and lieutenant governor, including provisions concerning voter qualifications; provisions regarding the duties, powers, rights and obligations of the director, of other election officials, and of municipalities; provision for notification of the election; provision for payment of election expenses; provisions regarding employees being allowed time from work to vote; provisions for the counting, reviewing, and certification of returns; provisions for the determination of the votes and of recounts, contests, and appeal; and provision for absentee voting.


Section 6. AS 15.40.470 is amended to read:

Sec. 15.40.470. General provision for conduct of special election. Unless specifically provided otherwise, all provisions regarding the conduct of the general election shall govern the conduct of the special election of state senators, including the provisions concerning voter qualifications; provisions regarding the duties, powers, rights and obligations of the director, of other election officials, and of municipalities; provision for notification of the election; provision for payment of election expenses; provisions regarding employees being allowed time from work to vote; provisions for the counting, reviewing, and certification of returns; provisions for the determination of the votes and of recounts, contests, and appeal; and provision for absentee voting.

Section 7. AS 15.40.010, 15.40.050, 15.40.060, 15.40.070, 15.40.075, 15.40.130, and 16 15.40.135 are repealed.

Section 8. Effective Date. This Act takes effect January 1, 2005.

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