Signature requirements for ballot measures in Alaska
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See law: Alaska Statues, Sec. 15.45.140
Basis of calculation
The basis for signature calculation in Alaska is the total number of votes cast in the last general election. The number of total votes cast in past general elections:
- 2014: 285,449
- 2012: 301,694
- 2010: 258,746
- 2008: 327,341
- 2006: 238,307
- See also: Distribution requirement
Signatures equal to 7% of the total district vote in the last general election must be collected in each of 3/4 of the 40 Alaska House districts.
An older, less restrictive, distribution requirement was changed by a legislatively referred ballot measure on the November 2004 ballot, the Distribution Requirement for Initiatives Act. That measure was approved with 51.7% of the vote. The older requirement was that proponents must collect petition signatures from each of 2/3 of Alaska's 40 state House districts--only one voter needed to sign from each of the 27 districts.
The deadline to submit signatures for an initiative is 365 days after petition booklets for a proposed initiative are prepared by the Division of Elections. It is different for each initiative. Initiative signatures must be submitted before the beginning of the legislative session in January.
For a referendum in Alaska, petition signatures must be submitted 90 days after the end of the legislative session.
The legislative session began on January 15 in 2014, which means initiative signature petitions needed to be submitted before this date in 2014. The 2014 legislative session ended on April 20, 2014, which means the deadline for a referendum attempt against a bill passed in the 2014 session was July 20, 2014.
Recall petitions must be signed by qualified voters equal in number to 25% of those who voted in the preceding general election in the district of the official to be recalled. Judicial officers cannot be recalled.
- Laws governing the initiative process in Alaska
- History of Initiative & Referendum in Alaska
- Ballot access requirements for political candidates in Alaska
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