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Municipal Code References:

  • Municipal Charter Section 3.02 - Initiative and referendum.
  • Municipal Code Section 2.50 - Initiatives, Referenda, and Recall 

Initiative Petition Packet - Initiative means a ballot proposition presented to the voters after submission of petitions signed by a specified number of qualified voters, to determine whether an ordinance or resolution shall be enacted directly by popular vote. AMC 2.50.010

Referendum Petition Packet - Referendum means a ballot proposition presented to the voters after submission of petitions signed by a specified number of qualified voters to determine whether an ordinance or resolution already approved shall be repealed by popular vote. AMC 2.50.010

Recall Petition Packet - An elected official may be recalled by the voters after submission of petitions signed by a specified number of qualified voters. AK Charter Section 3.03

The 2015 Regular Mayoral Election established the current number of qualified voters required to file a petition for initiative or referendum at 5,754.

Basic Steps for Submitting a Petition:

Petition Application

  • Provide a primary and an alternate petition sponsor.
  • Prepare petition language.
  • Collect signatures of 10 qualified Municipal voters who agree to act as sponsors.
  • Submit petition application to the Municipal Clerk's Office for review.

Petition Application Review

  • The Municipal Attorney reviews language on all petitions for legal sufficiency or lack thereof.
  • The Municipal Clerk verifies that the petition sponsors are qualified Municipal voters.
  • If the petition application is certified, the primary petition sponsor is notified.
  • If the petition application is not certified, the primary sponsor is notified and provided with a memorandum from the Municipal Attorney.

Petition Circulation

  • The Municipal Clerk will prepare a master template on legal-sized paper (8 1/2" x 14"), to be used to gather signatures.  The Municipal Clerk shall not be responsible for reproducing copies of the master form.
  • The petition sponsors will circulate the petition.  Petition signatures must be secured within 90 days from the date of first actual circulation.
  • The petition primary sponsor will submit the petition signatures to Municipal Clerk's Office for review.
  • The Municipal Clerk's Office will verify the signatures to determine if the signers are qualified Municipal voters.
  • The Municipal Clerk will notify the primary sponsor whether the petition meets the number of qualified municipal voters or if deficit exists.
  • If there are insufficient signatures to certify the petition, the sponsors will have 10 days from the date the Municipal Clerk mails the notification to the primary sponsor to provide the Municipal Clerk with clear and convincing evidence that signatures, not counted, were in fact signatures of qualified voters.
    • Elections
    • Municipal Clerk: Barbara A. Jones
    • MOA Election Center 619 East Ship Creek Avenue, Suite 100, Anchorage, AK 99501
    • (907) 243-VOTE (8683)

Current Petition Activity ...

In circulation:

There are no petitions currently circulating.

Not legally sufficient:

2017-1 Municipal Attorney's Memorandum

2017-3 Municipal Attorney's Memorandum

Sufficient to be placed on the 2018 Regular Municipal Election ballot:

2017-2 - Regulating access to facilities such as locker rooms and bathrooms on the basis of sex at birth rather than gender identity.

The ballot language for Proposition 1 will be substantially similar to the following:

Proposition 1

Regulating Access to Facilities Such as Locker Rooms and Bathrooms On the Basis of Sex at Birth, Rather Than Gender Identity

Initiative Petition 2017-2 proposes an ordinance that, among other things, would:

(1) Require all multiple occupancy changing facilities and restrooms that are owned or operated by the Municipality to be designated for, and used only by, persons of the same “sex,” except:

(a) for custodial or maintenance purposes, when the facility is not occupied by a member of the opposite sex

(b) to render medical assistance

(c) in the circumstance of a caretaker accompanying a disabled person for the purpose of allowing the disabled person to use the facility

(d) for minors under the age of 8, when the minor is with a person caring for the minor, and

(e) for certain emergency and other situations;

(2) Provide that employers, public accommodations and other persons may establish and enforce sex-specific standards or polices concerning access to “intimate facilities,” such as locker rooms, showers, changing rooms, and restrooms;

(3) Define “sex” as an individual’s “immutable biological condition of being male or female,” as determined by “anatomy and genetics at the time of birth”; an individual’s “original birth certificate” could be relied upon as “definitive evidence” of the individual’s sex;

(4) Define “multiple occupancy changing rooms and bathrooms” as facilities designed or designated to be used by more than one person at a time where persons may be “in various states of undress in the presence of other persons”; such facilities would include, but not be limited to, locker rooms, shower rooms, changing rooms and bathrooms;

(5) Declare a policy that persons using such facilities owned or operated by the Municipality have a right to “physical privacy” that includes the right “not to be seen in various states of undress by members of the opposite sex”; and

(6) Delete the requirement in current Municipal Code that entitles persons to use restrooms, locker rooms and dressing rooms that are “consistent with their gender identity”; Municipal Code provides that a person’s “gender identity” means his or her “gender-related self-identity, as expressed in appearance or behavior, regardless of the person’s assigned sex at birth,” which may be established by medical history or, among other things, evidence that the gender identity is “sincerely held, core to a person’s gender-related self-identity, and not being asserted for an improper purpose.”

Should the ordinance proposed by Initiative Petition 2017-2  become law?

Yes      No