Coastal management initiative effort extending all over Alaska
By Al Ortiz
The Alaska Elections Division, along with the Department of Law, took 60 days to review and approve the initiative for signature gathering, leaving little time for supporters to collect the required 25,875 signatures for ballot access.
According to Assistant Attorney General Elizabeth Bakalar, when commenting on the lengthy review of the initiative: “The full 60 days allowed by law was required to give the bill the due diligence necessary."
Despite approval for signature collection, supporters did not receive pamphlets needed to begin collecting signatures immediately. According to reports, the Division of Elections was waiting on cost estimates from the Lieutenant Governor’s office before pamphlets were given to initiative sponsors.
Supporters have told media outlets in the state that they have signatures gatherers across the state circulating petitions. According to Bruce Botelho, sponsor of the initiative, "We’re of course trying to collect the required signatures before the legislature convenes, so that we have a chance to have the 2012 legislature deal with the issue. And absent that be able to have it on the ballot in August."
- Juneau Empire, "Coastal Management gets AFN endorsement," October 26, 2011
- Juneau Empire, "Coastal Management faces tight deadline to make 2012 ballot," December 8, 2011
- Alaska Public, "ACMP Initiative Sponsors Frustrated By Delays," December 15, 2011
- Alaska Public, "Petition To Restore Coastal Zone Management Hits Streets," December 22, 2011
- Alaska Public, "ACMP Initiative Backers Scramble To Get Signature," January 3, 2012