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Early and absentee voting starts Wednesday, Feb. 14 for Unalaska’s mayoral recall election.

Registered voters can cast their ballots at City Hall until March 5. The polls will be open week days from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Unalaskans can also request to vote by mail, email, fax, or personal representative.

They can call the city clerk’s office at 581-1251 for more information.

Election Day is for March 6.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

The City of Unalaska could be on the hook for nearly $6,000 after unredacted copies of the mayoral recall petition were posted on Facebook.

The city clerk has apologized to community members who had parts of their social security numbers released.

Once a recall petition is certified by the city clerk, it becomes part of public record and anyone can request to see it.

On Dec. 27, the petition against Mayor Frank Kelty went public, after KUCB and other parties requested copies.

Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO

 

This week, KUCB has been reporting on the allegations against Unalaska Mayor Frank Kelty and how recall elections work.

Currently, state law dictates city clerks evaluate recall petitions, but they don’t have to prove the charges actually occurred. This means elected officials can be recalled simply because the voters don’t like them.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

 

On Monday, KUCB reported that sponsors of the petition to recall Unalaska Mayor Frank Kelty have no proof supporting their allegation that he pursued illegal dock agreements.

Now, we bring you the story of why the recall is still moving forward -- without evidence.

Sponsor Erin Enlow Anderson said the recall is a vote of no confidence in Kelty and how he’s been running the city.

Courtesy of City of Unalaska

 

Unalaska’s mayor will face a recall election in March. Frank Kelty has been accused of backroom dealings regarding the city dock – accusations he has repeatedly denied.

In an investigation, KUCB was unable to find any evidence of wrongdoing. But those in favor of the recall say they have other concerns about Kelty’s leadership.

 

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