Alaska

Eligible for Recall: Only officials elected or appointed to municipal offices

Signature Requirement: 25% of the votes cast in the last election of the official being recalled

Circulation Time: 60 days

Type of Recall Election: Recall election, then successor is appointed

Constitutional Provision: Article 3

Sec. 29.26.240. Recall. An official who is elected or appointed to an elective municipal office may be recalled by the voters after the official has served the first 120 days of the term for which elected or appointed.

Sec. 29.26.250. Grounds for recall. Grounds for recall are misconduct in office, incompetence, or failure to perform prescribed duties.

Sec. 29.26.260. Application for recall petition. An application for a recall petition shall be filed with the municipal clerk and must contain

  • the signatures and residence addresses of at least 10 municipal voters who will sponsor the petition;
  • the name and address of the contact person and an alternate to whom all correspondence relating to the petition may be sent; and
  • a statement in 200 words or less of the grounds for recall stated with particularity.

An additional sponsor may be added at any time before the petition is filed by submitting the name of the sponsor to the clerk.

Initial Procedure: Submit petition to clerk of the municipality

Contact Info:
Division of Elections
Court Plaza Building
240 Main Street, 4th Floor
Juneau, AK 99801

Court Activity

No current cases.

News & Commentary

Alaska Borough Gets Interim Mayor after Successful Recall | 04/13/16

ANCHORAGE - The North Slope Borough announced the interim mayor Tuesday following the recall of former Mayor Charlotte Brower. A date for a special election for a new mayor was also set for June 7.

The NSB Assembly certified the April 5 recall election Tuesday, and then selected Assembly President Mike Aamodt for the position until the new mayor is elected.

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Recall Election Slated for Alaska Town Mayor | 02/01/16

ANCHORAGE -- North Slope officials have called for a special election to recall Mayor Charlotte Brower after residents successfully gathered enough signatures on a petition.

The announcement was made Tuesday at a North Slope Borough Assembly meeting, KTVA-TV reports.

The effort to recall Brower began after allegations that she misused borough funds. She has been accused of using public money to send her grandchildren to a basketball camp in California and to purchase cakes for her daughter.

Petitioners starting gathering signatures in November and have collected more than the 492 signatures needed for the recall. Under borough laws, a petition to recall an official must gather at least 25 percent of the total number of votes cast in the last election before it can be certified by the clerk.

According to the borough clerk's office, the special election will be held April 5.

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Each state has its own requirements as to the manner in which petitions must be collected, signed and filed. It is imperative that official recall committees are legally formed in each state according to the state laws and regulations. The handling of the petitions must comply with the laws and regulations of each state.