On Friday, January 10, 2020, Judge Aarseth reversed the Division of Elections’ wrongful refusal to certify the recall application. The decision certifies the recall application and orders petition booklets to be issued no later than February 10, 2020.

“Today we stood our ground to defend Alaskans’ right to Recall Dunleavy, marking a critical step in advancing this historic, bipartisan movement,” said Meda DeWitt, Steering Committee Chair of Recall Dunleavy. “This governor has acted illegally and made unconscionable decisions; we are working towards a stronger future for all Alaskans.”

The Court addressed the recall application, which detailed the Governor’s disturbing displays of careless and illegal decision making, refusal to uphold and follow the law, and multiple abuses of power. After review of legal filings and hearing oral arguments, the Judge ruled that the recall should go to a vote of the people.

“Today the voices of more than 49,000 Alaskans were heard in court,” said Claire Pywell, Campaign Manager of Recall Dunleavy. “Recall Dunleavy plans to kick off signature gathering on February 10, 2020.”

The state will appeal today’s decision. In the meantime, Recall Dunleavy is preparing to launch the second phase of signature gathering with community leads and volunteers across the state.