Recall Effort Advances
Anchorage State House Representative Lindsey Holmes got one step closer to political oblivion yesterday. She’s the Democrat, elected to serve West Anchorage, one of the most liberal districts in the state, who got to Juneau and went “>>POOF!<< Guess what? I’m a Republican now!”
Those who knocked doors, donated money, put up yard signs, and gave their vote to Ms. Holmes were (needless to say) not amused.
A group of the unamused decided to do something about it, and fire the nouveau Republican from her job. And that takes a lot of work. Signature gathering of District 19 residents began last winter at events and roadside locations in West Anchorage. Sign wavers congregated at the busy corner of Minnesota and Northern Lights Blvd every Sunday gathering signatures one by one, and honks by the hundreds.
Yesterday, after a rally on the corner of Northern Lights and Wisconsin, 1,102 signatures were submitted to the Division of Elections. If 808 signatures are verified as belonging to district residents who are registered to vote, then it’s on to the next step – more signatures. They need to gather about 2,500 signatures total – representing 25% of the number of voters who voted in the last general election, then a special election will be held in which voters will decide Holmes’ fate.But for right now, the waiting game begins. While no specific time frame was cited by the administration, the group expects to have an answer about the validity of signatures within 60 days. If all goes well, signature booklets will be distributed to the group, and they’re back at it again.
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