Recall Dunleavy reaches first benchmark, announces 29,577 signatures

Published: Aug. 15, 2019 at 5:34 PM AKDT
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The Recall Dunleavy campaign released signature numbers from what it calls a "historic effort."

The group says it has gathered 29,577 signatures, exceeding the first preliminary benchmark for a recall campaign of 28,501 -- 10 percent of the total voters from the 2018 election -- but the signatures now must go to the Division of Elections for review.

After that, another signature-gathering effort needs to be mounted. In the second round, the campaign will need "25 percent of those who voted in the preceding general election and will have up to 180 days prior to the termination of the term of office to file signatures of the qualified voters with the division of elections."

Organizers of the Recall Dunleavy campaign say that their numbers were driven by Fairbanks organizers, whom they say gathered 5,000 signatures in the second week of campaigning, about 8% of registered voters in the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

They also say that they are continuing to gather signatures through Sept. 2 in case any signatures are disqualified by the Division of Elections.

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