Monday, October 17, 2011

Alaska: Division of Elections quashes State Rep recall

An attempt to recall State Rep. Kyle Johansen was quashed by the Division of Elections, due to not meeting the required definitions "incompetence" or "neglect of duty." Alaska is one of the "judicial recall" states which does not allow recall for basically any reason. The recall backers claimed that Johansen's leaving the Majority Leader post (he resigned from the majority caucus over the failure to give a Finance Committee seat to a different Rep) was the equivalent to incompetence, a position the division rejected.

The article is well worth a read for anyone interested in Alaska state recalls. It notes that this is the fourth recall attempt against a state legislator, one of which was shot down by the courts. Two others resulted in resignations.

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