Sponsors of the referendum to repeal Governor Sean Parnell’s oil tax overhaul turned in signatures the State Elections Office by Saturday’s deadline.
Roughly 31,000 valid signatures are needed. The group, “Vote Yes! Repeal the Giveaway” say that they turned in about 45,000.
The Division of Elections will now sift through the signatures to determine if there’s enough. There’s also a distribution requirement mandated by the state constitution that stipulates that the petition be signed by 7 percent of the registered voters in 30 of the 40 House districts.
Gail Fenumiai Director of the State Divison of Elections outlined the next step in the process …
Fenumiai: “We’ll start our review of the people who signed in the books, entering that information into our voter registration system, to determine who many qualified voters have actually signed the petition.”
If the petition meets all of the requirements, Fenumiai says the referendum question would appear on the August 2014 Primary Election ballot.
The referendum has to be certified or denied within 60 days of filing, she says, so they have that amount of time to do their review and allow Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell time to review the information they’ve provided him and make a determination on certification or denial.