August 19 is the deadline for Alaska independent candidates, and the nominees of unqualified parties, to submit petitions. The Constitution Party is submitting approximately 4,400 for Governor and 4,300 for Lieutenant Governor. The requirement is 2,975. Assuming these petitions succeed, the Constitution Party will be on the statewide ballot for the first time in Alaska since 2000, when it petitioned for President.
In 2004 and 2008 the Constitution Party didn’t need to petition for President, because the Alaskan Independence Party, which has been ballot-qualified since 1983, nominated the Constitution Party’s presidential ticket. The Alaskan Independence Party did not do that for the Constitution Party in 2012, however.
The Constitution Party’s gubernatorial nominee is J. R. Myers. If he polls as much as 3%, the Constitution Party will be ballot-qualified for the first time.