Frequently 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.

CURRENT STATUS: We are currently collecting a SECOND signature from all supporters in the current petition phase (Phase 2), which ends once we submit 71,252 signatures. 

This section serves to explain the recall process and signature requirements, the process for collecting, returning, and verifying signatures, and 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).

Q: I've requested a booklet to sign at home, but it has not arrived yet. Is there a problem?

A: Thanks for signing at home! After you have requested a sign-at-home petition booklet, please allow a week and a half for it to arrive in the mail (more time if you are a registered Alaskan voter in the Lower 48). We currently send books out on a weekly basis. 

When you receive your booklet, PLEASE DO NOT alter it in any way – do not remove pages, stapes, or separate pages. Return it in the pre-paid envelope that is included in the packet. Thank you!

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) must all be included and written LEGIBLY. 

Voter Id number can be found at https://myvoterinformation.alaska.gov/ or on an individual’s 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?

A: Yes.

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, petition signatures MUST be done in person using an official booklet. For signature locations and opportunities, visit the “Sign” section of this website.

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.

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 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).

Gathering Signatures

After the 25% Threshold is Reached

Q: What happens once the 71k+ signature threshold is met and the Petition is submitted?

A: The Division of Elections has 30 days by law to review all all petition signatures submitted, at which point we will learn when the recall is certified, and the Director will set a date for a recall election.

Q: What happens if the Director denies our petition?

A: The Director can only deny it if there are “insufficient number of subscribers” (signatures) or not substantially in the required form. This is why diligent signature gatherers are so important! We have taken steps to ensure our Petition will be certified.

General Questions

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 write a check to “Recall Dunleavy” and mail the check to:

Recall Dunleavy
PO Box 210228
Anchorage, AK 99521

Include the following information with the check: First Name (one donor name only), 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 Petition. Direct that person to the Division of Elections so they can fill out the appropriate form to complete this process.

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 info@recalldunleavy.org.

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.