American Samoa

Population Statistics

54,343

Total Population

8,151

Population with a disability

according to World Health Organization’s 15% estimate

Election Dates

American Samoa has not yet signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities


Constitution of American Samoa (1960, last amended 1979)

Updated: June 2015

Article IV, section (3) states:

The Secretary of American Samoa, who may be referred to as Lieutenant Governor of American Samoa, shall have all the powers and duties of the Governor in the case of a vacancy in the office of Governor or the disability or temporary absence of the Governor. He shall record and preserve the laws and executive orders, and transmit copies thereof to the Secretary of the Interior. He shall have and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by law or assigned to him by the Governor.

 
Excerpt from the Constitution of American Samoa (1960, last amended 1979)

Elections Code of American Samoa (1977, amended 2010)

Updated: June 2015

Section 6.0103.1 states:

(b) The term of the first appointed Chief Election Officer shall be four years, commencing on the date of confirmation by the Legislature. All subsequent terms shall be three years, commencing on the date of confirmation. If the Chief Election Officer vacates or for any reason is incapable of performing the duties of the office, the Deputy Chief Election Officer shall be the Acting Chief Election Officer. In no case may the Deputy Chief Election Officer serve as Acting Chief Election Officer for more than 180 days, whether consecutive or not, within one year from the first day served as Acting Chief Election Officer…

(d) The Chief Election Officer may be removed from office by the Governor, only upon showing of one or more of the following causes: conviction of a felony or misdemeanor; mental or physical incapacity; gross mismanagement; or grossly unethical conduct. The Chief Election Officer is entitled to the same notice and hearing procedures provided for other government employees…

 

Section 6.0402, subsection (c) states:

In case of inability, failure, or refusal of any person so assigned to serve as a district official, the Chief Election Officer shall appoint a person from the pool of qualified district officials to fill the vacancy.

 

Excerpts from the Elections Code of American Samoa (1977, last amended 2010)