Can voters really recall an elected official?
Yes! According to the Washington state Constitution, an elected official can be recalled if that politician, “has committed some act or acts of malfeasance or misfeasance while in office, or who has violated their oath of office.”
What are the steps to Recall Councilmember Sawant?
Step 1 – Statement of charges sent via email to Julie Wise, Director of King County Elections on August 18th DONE
Step 2 – Julie Wise forwarded the Statement of Charges to Council member Sawant DONE
Step 3 – Julie Wise forwarded the Statement of Charges to Dan Satterberg, King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office DONE
Step 4 – Dan Satterberg, King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office will create “Petition to Determine Sufficiency of Recall Charges and Adequacy of Ballot Synopsis (LOU) and Certification and Petition for Hearing before a King County Superior Court Judge DONE
Step 5 – Hearing before a King County Superior Court Judge DONE
Step 6 – The Judge will either approve or not approve the recall election petition process. APPROVED!
Step 7 — Decision by the judge can be appealed to the State Supreme Court within 15 days
Step 8 – If the Judge and/or the Supreme Court (if appealed) approves, we will have 180 days to gather 10,739 “valid” signatures.
Who can donate?
Anyone is who a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident alien. You do not have to live in District 3
Why do you need my address and employment?
We are required by the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) and the City of Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission (SEEC) to have this information for each donation. Your name and address will be made public on the PDC’s website but only your name, city and zip code will be public on the SEEC’s website. If your total contributions are $100.01 or more, your employer and occupation will be public too.
What is the maximum amount I can contribute?
Under Washington State law the maximum amount an individual or a business can make is $1,000. Spouses can both contribute up to $1,000.
If she’s recalled, who will replace her?
The Seattle City Council will chose a replacement to serve only until the next general election, In this case probably until the 2022 general election, but could be the 2021 general election.. Whoever wins that election will face the voters in 2023.