RECALL

Nat Herz/Alaska Public Media

Gov. Mike Dunleavy is still facing a statewide recall. The campaign to remove him from office is in the second of three phases: right now, they're trying to gather enough signatures for a special election. 

 

 

But the coronavirus pandemic put the kibosh on big public events, which in turn, made signature gathering quite difficult.

 

Nat Herz/Alaska Public Media

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy is facing a statewide recall, which began last summer. The state allows recall votes if government officials have been shown to be incompetent, unfit for office, neglectful of their duties, or corrupt.

As the Recall Dunleavy campaign ramps up around the state, Unalaskans are pushing for a local effort of their own. Sharon Svarny-Livingston had a simple reason for why she chose to lead Unalaska's Recall Dunleavy effort.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

Unalaska’s mayoral recall election brought 530 voters to the polls.

City Clerk Marjie Veeder made the announcement Friday, after election officials canvassed absentee and questioned ballots.

"That’s about 27 percent of registered voters," said Veeder. "About what we expected, I think."

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

City officials have released the final results of Unalaska’s mayoral recall election after canvassing absentee and questioned ballots.

The official data confirms that Tuesday’s recall failed, with about 62 percent of voters supporting Mayor Frank Kelty.

The City Council is expected to certify the election results Tuesday night.

Shall Frank Kelty be recalled from the office of mayor?

  • Yes: 204 votes (38.5%)
  • No: 326 votes (61.5%)

Berett Wilber/KUCB

Unalaska’s mayor has survived a recall effort that accused him of misconduct and poor leadership.

According to initial election results, 62 percent of voters supported Mayor Frank Kelty, who was waiting at City Hall when the polls closed Tuesday night.

"I was concerned that it would be pretty tight and maybe come down to the absentees," said Kelty. "But it didn’t, and I want to thank the community for their support."

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