Initiative Petition Process

An initiative is the procedure in which people, instead of the legislature, use to introduce and enact a law. You may view and/or print an outline that summarizes the statutes and regulations, sample pages and the number of signatures required. This information, and the information contained on this page, should not be considered a substitute for reading the statutes and regulations in their entirety.

Application Process

  • The application should include the proposed bill, names of three sponsors who will serve as the initiative committee, signatures of 100 qualified voters who will serve as sponsors and a deposit of $100. The initiative committee files the application with the lieutenant governor for review with assistance from the Department of Law and the Division of Elections.

  • The lieutenant governor notifies the initiative committee if the initiative is denied or certified within 60 days calendar days after the date the application was received. If certified, the lieutenant governor will provide to the initiative committee the ballot title and the true and impartial summary.

Initiative Petition Booklet Process

  • When an application is certified, the Division of Elections prepares 500 initiative petition booklets. Upon notification that the booklets are available, the initiative committee has 365 days to collect signatures of qualified voters and file the petition with the Division of Elections.

  • The initiative committee must gather signatures of qualified voters equal in number to 10 percent of those who voted in the preceding general election that are residents of at least three-fourths of the house districts and who, in each of the house districts, are equal in number to at least seven percent of those who voted in the preceding general election in the house district.

Signature Review Process

  • The Division of Elections verifies the signers submitted in the petition booklets and, upon completion of the review, the lieutenant governor notifies the initiative committee if the petition was improperly or properly filed (i.e., enough qualified voter signatures to appear on the ballot).

Prohibited Subjects

  • An initiative may not be proposed to dedicate revenue, to make or repeal appropriations, to create courts, to define the jurisdiction of courts or prescribe their rules, or to enact local or special legislation

Legal References

The initiative petition procedures appear in Article XI of the Alaska Constitution, Alaska Election Law and the Alaska Administrative Code. Click the below links to view the Alaska Constitution, statutes and regulations: