Published On: Sun, Jul 18th, 2021

Alaska Supreme Court Approves Recall Process Against Governor

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The Alaska Supreme Court ruled on July 16 that the recall campaign against Gov. Mike Dunleavy can go forward. A recall committee filed an application to remove the governor, alleging that he’s abused his power, neglected his duties, and is unfit for office. The Alaska Division of Elections had denied the application, stating that it wasn’t legally or factually sufficient. The committee challenged the division’s decision in Superior Court in Anchorage, which ruled the recall application was valid. The state appealed the ruling to the Alaska Supreme Court, which decided that the allegations in the recall petition “are legally sufficient and satisfy the particularity requirement.” Dunleavy, a Republican, has 17 months remaining in his term. Whether Dunleavy’s detractors have made their case that his alleged shortcomings—that he is incompetent and corrupt—justify his removal from office is up to the voters, the court said. “The people asked to sign petitions must decide …

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