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The citizens of [[Washington]] are granted the authority to perform a '''recall election''' by the [[Washington Constitution]], Article I, Sections 33 and 34 to all elective officers of the state of Washington except judges of courts of record.
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{{recall badge}}{{TOCnestright}}The citizens of [[Washington]] are granted the authority to perform a [[recall campaigns|recall election]] by [[Article I, Washington State Constitution#Section 33|Sections 33 and 34 of Article I]] of the [[Washington State Constitution]] to all elective officers of the state of Washington except judges of courts of record.
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Washington is [[Laws governing recall#State, local, and federal|one of nine states]] with provisions that say that the right of recall extends to recalling members of its [[U.S. Congress|federal congressional delegation]], but it hasn't been clear whether federal courts would allow states to actually recall their federal politicians.<ref>[http://biggovernment.com/pferrara/2010/02/09/the-right-of-recall/ ''Big Government'', "The Right of Recall", February 9, 2010]</ref>
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==Grounds for recall==
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:: ''See also: [[Laws governing recall#Whether grounds are required|States where grounds are required for a recall]]''
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[[Article I, Washington State Constitution#Section 33|Article I, §33]] of the [[Washington Constitution]] says that a recall can only occur if the targeted public official has engaged in the "commission of some act or acts of malfeasance or misfeasance while in office, or who has violated his oath of office."
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This requirement has proven difficult to meet.  A 2010 effort to initiate a recall campaign against members of the Seattle School Board after the board received a bad audit from the Washington State Auditor came to naught when a judge ruled that this constituted insufficient grounds under the state's constitution for a recall.<ref>[http://kuow.org/program.php?id=21430 ''KUOW'', "Court Tosses Recall Petition Against Seattle School Board Members", September 21, 2010]</ref><ref>[http://kuow.org/program.php?id=20870 ''KUOW'', "Seattle Parents Seek to Oust School Board Members", July 22, 2010]</ref>
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==Signature requirement==
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:: ''Main article: [[Washington signature requirements]]''
  
==Signature Requirement==
 
 
A petition for recall must include a specified number of [[valid signatures]] from registered voters determined as a percentage of total votes cast for all candidates who ran for the office in the most recent election contest.  This amounts to:
 
A petition for recall must include a specified number of [[valid signatures]] from registered voters determined as a percentage of total votes cast for all candidates who ran for the office in the most recent election contest.  This amounts to:
 
:*25 percent for state officers, other than judges, senators and representatives; city officers of cities of the first class; school district boards in cities of the first class; county officers in counties of the first, second and third classes,
 
:*25 percent for state officers, other than judges, senators and representatives; city officers of cities of the first class; school district boards in cities of the first class; county officers in counties of the first, second and third classes,
 
:*35 percent for officers of all other political subdivisions, cities, towns, townships, precincts, and school districts not otherwise mentioned; and state senators and representatives.
 
:*35 percent for officers of all other political subdivisions, cities, towns, townships, precincts, and school districts not otherwise mentioned; and state senators and representatives.
  
==Contact Information==
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==Appointment of successor==
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Following a successful [[recall]] election, the county board of commissioners appoints a successor to the office from a list submitted by a committee of the political party of the person recalled.
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==Historical recalls==
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* [[Recall campaigns in Washington]]
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==Contact information==
 
Washington State Elections Division<br>
 
Washington State Elections Division<br>
 
520 Union Avenue SE<br>
 
520 Union Avenue SE<br>
Line 13: Line 33:
 
Phone: 360.902.4180
 
Phone: 360.902.4180
  
==External Links==
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==External links==
*[http://www.ncsl.org/programs/legismgt/elect/recallprovision.htm National Conference of State Legislatures, Statewide Recall]
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* [http://www.ncsl.org/programs/legismgt/elect/recallprovision.htm National Conference of State Legislatures, Statewide Recall]
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* [http://www.theolympian.com/2010/03/25/1183902/olympia-resident-looks-to-recall.html Description of the recall process in Washington]
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==References==
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{{reflist}}
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{{recalls by office}}
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[[Category:Recall, Washington]]
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[[Category:Laws governing the recall of politicians]]
  
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[[Category:Ballot measure law, Washington]]
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The citizens of Washington are granted the authority to perform a recall election by Sections 33 and 34 of Article I of the Washington State Constitution to all elective officers of the state of Washington except judges of courts of record.

Washington is one of nine states with provisions that say that the right of recall extends to recalling members of its federal congressional delegation, but it hasn't been clear whether federal courts would allow states to actually recall their federal politicians.[1]

Grounds for recall

See also: States where grounds are required for a recall

Article I, §33 of the Washington Constitution says that a recall can only occur if the targeted public official has engaged in the "commission of some act or acts of malfeasance or misfeasance while in office, or who has violated his oath of office."

This requirement has proven difficult to meet. A 2010 effort to initiate a recall campaign against members of the Seattle School Board after the board received a bad audit from the Washington State Auditor came to naught when a judge ruled that this constituted insufficient grounds under the state's constitution for a recall.[2][3]

Signature requirement

Main article: Washington signature requirements

A petition for recall must include a specified number of valid signatures from registered voters determined as a percentage of total votes cast for all candidates who ran for the office in the most recent election contest. This amounts to:

  • 25 percent for state officers, other than judges, senators and representatives; city officers of cities of the first class; school district boards in cities of the first class; county officers in counties of the first, second and third classes,
  • 35 percent for officers of all other political subdivisions, cities, towns, townships, precincts, and school districts not otherwise mentioned; and state senators and representatives.

Appointment of successor

Following a successful recall election, the county board of commissioners appoints a successor to the office from a list submitted by a committee of the political party of the person recalled.

Historical recalls

Contact information

Washington State Elections Division
520 Union Avenue SE
PO Box 40229
Olympia, WA 98504-0229
Phone: 360.902.4180

External links

References