Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Supporters of the recall effort against Gov. Mike Dunleavy say they are one-third the way toward enough first-round signatures.
Approximately 20 communities, both urban and rural, turned out to signature gathering events. The day’s events kicked off at 10 a.m. in Juneau and rounded out at 7 p.m. in Anchorage and Fairbanks.
In the nine-hour span, the campaign can confirm that it gathered over 10,000 signatures on the first day. Events will continue throughout the weekend statewide and individual volunteer canvassing efforts have also begun around the state.
“One of the biggest stars was the community of Yakutat who garnered signatures from 30 percent of the registered voter population on the first day at Mallott’s General Store,” said Meda DeWitt, chair of Recall Dunleavy.
The signature-gathering event at Planet Alaska in Juneau drew diverse groups from the community. Some of the first people standing in line were Republicans who were unhappy with having voted for Dunleavy.
One of the first signers said, “I helped cause this problem. I voted for Dunleavy. And now he’s destroying the Alaska that I love.” The people who came to sign the recall were conservatives, moderates, and liberals as well as people who don’t like politics at all.
“We heard signers say over and over and over again that they feel voiceless and signing the recall helps to give them a voice,” said Vivian Mork, owner of Planet Alaska.
The campaign’s website, recalldunleavy.org, which launched midday on July 31, raised over $13,000 in small donations from Alaskans in the first 24 hours of launching.