Laws governing recall in Washington

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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.

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:

  • 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.

Contact Information

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

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