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by a specified number of qualified voters to determine whether an ordinance or resolution already approved shall be repealed by popular vote.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:
- 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.
- 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.