Alaska Democrats are seethingly angry over the triumph of strongly President Trump-aligned Republican Mike Dunleavy in the state’s 2018 gubernatorial contest.
So seethingly angry, in fact, that last year, they began a recall effort that thus far has been unsuccessful.
While in 2019, the petitioners got enough signatures to put recall on the ballot, late last year, the Alaska Division of Elections determined that the recall effort could not proceed to the ballot because “the four allegations against the governor ‘fail to meet any of the listed grounds for recall—neglect of duty, incompetence, or lack of fitness.'”
Recall proponents have attempted to re-up the effort in 2020, but now they’re likely to hit a fresh stumbling block.
It’s not easy gathering the signatures of ten percent of the electorate in Alaska under normal circumstances.
Now, with sheltering-in-place and social distancing thanks to COVID-19, it’s even harder.
According to Alaska insiders, this is the biggest impediment to recall as it stands.
“You just can’t get the signatures in this environment,” one influential Alaska Republican tells the Resurgent.
That might make Alaska Democrats wish for a re-opening in much the way we’ve seen diehard Trump fans pine for one in states like Michigan and Minnesota.
And it’s a good reminder that all politics truly is local.