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Alaska signature deadline passes, marks first deadline of 2010

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January 19, 2010

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JUNEAU, Alaska: Alaska’s deadline to turn in petition signatures to place a measure on the Alaska primary and general election ballot passed on January 19, 2010 before the 2010 session of the Alaska State Legislature convened. The date marks the first petition drive deadline of 2010 for all initiative and referendum states.

According to Alaska law, signatures not obtained by this date, will not be considered for the November 2, 2010 ballot, but could still be placed on a future state ballot if supporters are able to collect signatures for their measure before the one-year final deadline that applies to all Alaskan filed initiatives.[1]

The next 2010 deadline for an initiative and referendum state is February 1, 2010 in the states of Florida and Maine, followed by Wyoming on February 8, 2010. Signature deadlines vary from state to state.

Although a January deadline for the November ballot may seem restrictive, the 2010 deadline passed long ago for Mississipians: They had until October 5, 2009 to qualify a measure for the 2010 ballot. Ohio initiative advocates had until December 23, 2009 if they were sponsoring an initiated state statute. South Dakotans had until November 2, 2009 for an initiated constitutional amendment, but had until April 7, 2010 for a statute.

The early deadline in Alaska is a function of the fact that Alaskan initiatives are indirect initiated state statutes, which means that they must be filed in time for the state legislature to weigh in on them.

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