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What is a recall election?

A recall election allows voters to decide whether or not to remove an elected official from office before the end of the official’s term.

Who can request a recall election?

Any registered voter can file a petition to recall an elected official. Once filed, the petition is reviewed by the Superior Court to determine if the process can move forward. Read the Jurisdiction Manual for more information.

What happens after a recall election?

  • If the recall passes, the elected official is discharged. The district then appoints someone to fill the vacated position.
  • If the recall fails, the elected official stays in the office for the rest of their term.

Current Recall Petitions

Recall of City of Seattle Councilmember Kshama Sawant

King County Elections will begin the signature verification process for the Recall of City of Seattle Councilmember Kshama Sawant petition on Thursday, September 16, 2021, at 9 a.m.

Unofficial Results

Last updated: 9/17/2021, 4:30 p.m.

# of signatures required 10,687
# of signatures submitted 16,789
# of signatures reviewed 2,193
# of signatures accepted 1,554
# of signatures challenged* 685
*This number will vary as all signatures initially challenged will get a second review by another staff person to ensure that before the signature is officially challenged or accepted, there is evidence to support that determination.

TTY: Relay 711

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