Juneau residents line up outside of the Planet Alaska Gallery to sign an application petition to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Juneau residents line up outside of the Planet Alaska Gallery to sign an application petition to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Recall Dunleavy campaign collects over 36,000 signatures

28,501 signatures are required for phase one of the recall process.

The Recall Dunleavy campaign has collected 36,731 signatures since starting their efforts Aug. 2, according to a Thursday release from the campaign.

Savoonga, a small island near Nome, collected 90 signatures during their one-day signing event — or about 10% of the island’s population, according to the release.

More than 300 signatures were collected the first day of the Alaska State Fair in Palmer, which began Aug. 22. Despite the campaign surpassing the required 28,501 signatures for phase one, efforts will continue until the last day of the state fair, Sept. 2, to compensate for any disqualifying signatures.

Once phase one is complete, the signatures will be sent to the state for the director of the Division of Elections to either approve or deny an application and for the Superior Court to rule on the matter.

If the application is approved, then phase two begins, which will require the collection of 71,252 signatures. If 71,252 signatures are collected, then the director of the Division of Elections will announce a special election that must be held within 60 to 90 days of the petition approval.

People who are collecting signatures must send in or drop off their signature sheets no later than Aug. 28.

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