The Alaska Attorney General has just issued the following statement on the application submitted today by a group seeking to recall Gov. Michael Dunleavy:
“Following the routine practice for recall applications, the Department of Law today received a request from the Division of Elections to conduct a legal review of the recall application for the recall of Governor Michael Dunleavy. The department will focus on whether the recall application includes sufficient grounds for recall under AS 15.45.510. The grounds for recall are (1) lack of fitness, (2) incompetence, (3) neglect of duties, and (4) corruption. The department will complete its review within 60 days,” said Attorney General Kevin Clarkson.
“I see no need to treat this application any differently than other election applications. I am here to provide legal advice and defend and uphold the state and federal constitutions. The Department of Law will advise the Division of Elections in the same manner it would any other recall. And 60 days will give us adequate time to do a thorough legal review and provide our legal recommendation to the director,” Clarkson said.
Several people, including members of the previous administration, started the effort to recall the governor shortly after he submitted his budget in mid-February. They have now delivered over 49,000 signatures to the Division of Elections in a request for a formal petition, which would require more than 78,000 signatures.