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.

Grounds for Recall

The Constitution requires the following grounds for recall: "commission of some act or acts of malfeasance or misfeasance while in office, or who has violation of oath of office."

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.

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.

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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