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This page details Alaska signature requirements. In many states, the signatures of registered voters must be collected to place candidates or initiatives on the ballot. However, for candidates, filing fees are sometimes required or accepted in lieu of signatures.

Federal offices

U.S. Senate

Partisan candidates must pay a $100 filing fee. Independent candidates must collect signatures equal to 1% of the voters who cast ballots in the preceding general election. Write-in candidates must file a letter of intent with the Director of Elections or any Regional Election Supervisor.[1]

U.S. House

Partisan candidates must pay a $100 filing fee. Independent candidates must collect signatures equal to 1% of the voters who cast ballots in the preceding general election. Write-in candidates must file a letter of intent with the Director of Elections or any Regional Election Supervisor.[1]

Filing deadlines

2012

See also: Signature requirements and deadlines for 2012 U.S. Congress elections

Partisan candidates had to file their fee and declaration of candidacy by June 1, 2012. Independent candidates had to file their signatures by August 28, 2012. Write-in candidates had to file their letter of intent by November 1, 2012.[1]

State offices

Statewide executive offices

Partisan candidates must pay a $100 filing fee. Independent candidates must collect signatures equal to 1% of the voters who cast ballots in the preceding general election. Write-in candidates must file a letter of intent with the Director of Elections or any Regional Election Supervisor.[1]

State legislature

Partisan candidates must pay a $30 filing fee. Independent candidates must collect signatures equal to 1% of the voters who cast ballots in the preceding general election in their legislative district. Write-in candidates must file a letter of intent with the Director of Elections or any Regional Election Supervisor.[1]

Note: For the first election after legislative redistricting, only 50 signatures are required for independent legislative candidates.[2]

Filing deadlines

2012

See also: Signature requirements and deadlines for 2012 state government elections

Partisan candidates had to file their fee and declaration of candidacy by June 1, 2012. Independent candidates had to file their signatures by August 28, 2012. Write-in candidates had to file their letter of intent by November 1, 2012.[1]

Ballot measures

Alaska
LawsHistory
List of measures

The number of signatures required is based on the total number of votes cast in the last general election. For both initiatives and referendums, signatures equal to 10% of these votes are required.

Year Initiated statute Veto referendum
2014 30,169 30,169
2012 25,875 25,875
2010 32,734 32,734
2008 23,831 23,831

DocumentIcon.jpg 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. In 2006, 238,307 votes were cast. In 2008, 327,341 votes were cast. In 2010, 258,746 votes were cast.[3]

Geographic distribution

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.

DocumentIcon.jpg See law: Alaska Statutes, Sec. 15.45.140; Alaska Distribution Requirement for Initiatives, Measure 1 (2004)

Signature deadlines

2012

See also: Petition drive deadlines, 2012

The deadline to submit signatures for an initiative or referendum in Alaska for the 2012 ballot was January 17, 2012.

Recall

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.

See also

2012

External links

References