The recall petition is the procedure by which the people may remove the governor, lieutenant governor, or members of the state legislature from office. 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, and the information contained on this page, should not be considered a substitute for reading the statutes and regulations in their entirety.
The application may not be submitted during the first 120 days of the term of office. The application should include the name and office of the person to be recalled, the grounds for recall, which may not exceed 200 words, names of three sponsors who will serve as the recall committee, signatures of 10 percent of those who voted in the preceding general election in the state, senate or house district of the official sought to be recalled; 100 who will serve as sponsors. The recall committee files the application with the Director of Elections for review with assistance from the Department of Law.
The director of elections will either certify the recall or notify the recall committee of the grounds for refusal. 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.
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 file signatures of qualified voters with the Division of Elections.
The recall petition committee collects signatures of qualified voters equal to 25 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.
The Division of Elections verifies the signers submitted in the petition booklets and, upon completion of the review, the director notifies the recall committee if the petition was improperly or properly filed (i.e., there were enough qualified signatures) and the director shall prepare the ballot and call a special election.
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: