Sunday, February 17, 2013
Alaska: More on State Rep party-flipping recall
Here's coverage of the potential recall of State Rep. Lindsey Holmes, who almost immediately flipped parties from Democrat to Republican after being elected. Alaska has a malfeasance standard (judicial recall), so it is impossible to know if switching parties will meet the legal requirement to allow a recall on the ballot. At least one other instance of a recall for party flipping was in a judicial recall state -- in Washington State in 1981. The courts or the election commission allowed that one on the ballot, though I don't think it was ever appealed all the way up the ladder. I have not been able to find a written decision on that case.