FAQFrequently Asked Questions About the Recall
Frequently Asked Questions
Alaskans for Recall of Dunleavy is a nonpartisan, Alaskan-based, grassroots-driven effort to recall Governor Michael J. Dunleavy.
The following Questions and Answers serve several purposes:
- To understand the recall process and signature requirements;
- To understand the process for collecting, returning, and verifying signatures;
- To provide answers to some common situations and questions that supporters and volunteers might encounter.
Many of the answers reference Alaska Statutes (AS = Alaska Statute).
If you would like to get involved with the process, please sign up to Volunteer.
Please consider making a Donation to support the Recall effort.
The Recall Process
Q: What are the stages of the recall process?
A: There are three stages: 1) Application, 2) Petition, 3) Election (AS 15.45)
Q: When does the Application stage begin and end?
A: This stage will begin on August 1, 2019, and will continue until the Director of the Division of Elections approves or denies the application and after the Superior Court rules on the matter. There is no timeframe for any of these items.
Q: When does the Petition stage begin and end?
A: This begins upon approval and/or success at the Superior Court. This portion ends upon the successful collection of 71,252 signatures of registered Alaska voters (equal to 25% of the total number of voters having voted in the 2018 General Election) and the Division of Elections’ certification of such and issuance of a Call of Election.
Q: What happens after the Petition stage?
A: Once the petition is returned and the threshold met, the Director of the Division of Elections will announce a special election that must be held within 60-90 days of approval. This Special Election will be added to the ballot of any previously scheduled statewide election (Primary or General). The question will be, in essence: Shall Governor Michael J. Dunleavy be recalled from office? Yes or No.
Q: What happens when we win the Election?
A: The established succession process will take effect. In this case, Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer will be sworn in as governor for the remainder of the current term. The current successor designate for the lieutenant governor will succeed him (currently, this is the Commissioner of the Dept. of Education).
The Application Phase
Q: What is required for an Application?
A: A complete Application must have (AS 15.45.500)
- the name and office of the person to be recalled;
- the grounds for recall (no more than 200 words);
- a $100 deposit;
- the designation of a three-person recall committee;
- the printed name, signature, address, and numerical identifier of qualified voters equal to 10% of those who voted in the last general election: 28,501 signatures (per Division of Elections);
- 100 of whom will serve as sponsors.
Q: How will the Recall Campaign designate the Recall Committee and the main sponsors?
A: This will be a diverse group of 103 Alaskans who agree to dedicate a substantial amount of energy and resources, as well as bear the risks of the effort. Those 103 people will sign separately to ensure they are easily identifiable to Division of Elections and the people of Alaska.
Q: Who can collect signatures?
A: Alaska Statute is silent on the Application (Stage 1). But circulators of the Petition (Stage 2) must meet the three requirements listed in AS 15.45.575: 1) a US citizen; 2) 18 years of age or older; 3) a resident of the State (AS 15.05.020).
The Recall Campaign will use the requirements for circulators to minimize legal and procedural risks to the Application. If you meet the requirements, contact the campaign via Facebook or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Upon approval, next steps and information will be provided.
Q: What information is needed when someone signs?
A: The voter’s name, address, signature, and a numerical identifier (Alaska driver’s license or State ID number, last 4 numbers of SSN, voter ID number, or birthday)
Q: How can they find their Voter ID Number?
A: They can find it at https://myvoterinformation.alaska.gov/ or on their voter registration card.
Q: Who can sign?
A: Any registered Alaska voter.
Q: Does a person have to have voted in the last election to be able to sign?
A: No! They only need to be a registered, qualified voter.
Q: Can a person register to vote and then sign the recall Application?
Q: With the passage of the automatic voter registration by PFD Application, can we assume everyone is registered?
A: No. The Division of Elections continuously updates their information, some Alaskans opt out of that feature, and not every Alaskan who qualifies for a PFD applies for one.
Q: Can someone sign electronically?
A: No, it MUST be done in person (AS 15.45.580).
Q: Somebody wants to sign but cannot see the form or cannot physically sign. Can I help them?
A: You can fill out the form, but they MUST sign themselves, even if it is just a mark. Signing on their behalf is forgery and is punishable by Alaska law.
After the 10% Threshold is Reached
Q: What happens once the 10% signature threshold is met and the Application is submitted?
A: The Director of the Division of Elections will review the Application and either approve or deny it. There is no timeframe required for review, but it will likely take at least 5 weeks. It can take longer.
Q: What happens if the Director denies it?
A: The Director can only deny it if there are “insufficient number of subscribers” (signatures) or “not substantially in the required form” (AS 15.45.550). This is why diligent signature gatherers are so important! We have taken steps to ensure our Application will be certified. However, Alaska statute (AS 15.45.720) provides any side of this process with access to the superior courts – and given the history of past recall efforts – it is almost certain that the question will wind up in court for a final determination.
Q: What will the campaign do with the data?
A: Unless a subscriber (person signing) opts-in affirmatively by providing contact information, making a donation, or offering to volunteer or otherwise become involved with the Campaign, the Campaign will not maintain any data on the signature forms. This information will be submitted in whole to the State of Alaska and will be substantially publicly available as provided by Alaska law.
Q: Someone wants to donate! Where can they do this?
A: They can donate electronically at recalldunleavy.org/donate. If they would prefer to give by non-electronic means, please have them mail a check to the PO BOX provided above along with the following information: First Name, Last Name, Full Address, Employer, Occupation, and email or phone number to contact in the event of questions.
Q: I want to volunteer! How do I sign up?
A: You can sign up at an event or online at recalldunleavy.org/volunteer/
Q: Can someone remove their name if they signed?
A: We really hope nobody does this, but this is possible PRIOR to submission of the Application. Direct that person to the Campaign.
Q: To whom do I go if I have questions?
A: Go to your community lead volunteer or contact the Campaign.
Q: What is the contact information for the Campaign?
A: The primary method for contacting the Campaign is via email at email@example.com.
Q: I’m not a US citizen or at least 18 or have not yet qualified for residency, can I still help?
Absolutely! You can assist signature gatherers, spread the word, or help direct qualified signers to the effort, or other efforts to support this effort. These are all vital tasks and will only grow with importance. Please note that All signatures MUST be collected by a qualified circulator.
Q: Has an Alaska Governor ever been recalled?
A: No. The closest was a 1991 effort to recall Lt. Gov. Jack Coghill, which survived the court and Application stage, but lost momentum and dissolved as the Hickel-Coghill administration made changes in response to public pressure.