Dueling petitions at the Alaska State Fair to recall, support the governor

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The Alaska State Fair is not free from politics. On opposite sides of the fairground, booths have been set up to recall Gov. Michael Dunleavy and to also show him support.

Under cover near the farm exhibits hall, the Recall Dunleavy campaign has been collecting signatures in an attempt to get the governor out of office.

Patricia Fay-Brazel, the Mat-Su lead for Recall Dunleavy, says the effort is “going fantastically” and people are “ecstatic to come and sign.”

The recall group announced on Friday that it had collected 36,731 signatures from registered voters, well passed the 28,501 required to apply with the Division of Elections.

At the opposite side of the fairground, the Mat-Su Republican Women’s Club have a booth and are collecting signatures to show support for the governor.

“It’s a difficult job because of the Legislature but he’s doing things, trying to do things, that we should have been doing for the last 25 years,” said Pete Probasco, a Dunleavy supporter who has been manning the booth.

Probasco says the group has been collecting lots of signatures and that people have been thanking him for the chance to sign.

Back at the Recall Dunleavy booth, Fay-Brazel says the campaign to recall the governor is based on him violating the Alaska Constitution. The organization believes its arguments will meet statutory requirements if the campaign is challenged in court.

The governor’s supporters disagree, saying he has governed by the law and the Alaska and United States Constitutions.

For next steps, the recall campaign will send a petition to the lieutenant governor after the fair ends on Sept. 2.

If the petition is certified, legal challenges may then begin. The campaign’s organizers will then begin collecting signatures for a second time, requiring 71,252 registered voters to sign, or 25% of people who voted in the last general election.

Those signatures would also need to be certified before a recall election would take place.

Probasco says the governor’s supporters plan to send their petition to the governor in the form of a letter. “He stands tall for Alaska, that’s exactly what we need.

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