Division of Elections Will Count Petition Booklet Signatures
October 21, 2003
The State maintains that the Division of Elections, in its decision to disqualify 194 petition booklets, did so according to requirements in law. Although he disagrees with some of the assumptions made in Suddock's decision that the Division of Elections (under a previous Administration) was negligent, Leman agreed that the Division of Elections can be more helpful and rules pertaining to initiatives need to be simplified and clarified. He announced that the Division of Elections will seek changes to statute during the next session of the Legislature and make changes to its own regulations.
"The initiative is an important constitutional right and I want Alaskans to be able to use it," stated Leman. "Clearer rules and simplified forms will make it easier for future initiative sponsors."
The Division of Elections will
continue to move forward on verifying the signatures in the 194
booklets that had previously been disqualified. If a sufficient
number of valid signatures are counted, the initiative will be
given to the Lieutenant Governor for certification.
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