Seattle Council Sawant recalled to qualify for election

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An attempt to call Seattle City Councilor Kshama Sawant to office will qualify for election this winter, according to King County Elections.

Whether Sawant should stay in office will be voted up or down, the Seattle Times reported.

The recall campaign filed petition signatures this month, with the King County election being required to confirm at least 10,687 signatures from District 3 voters. This district includes Capitol Hill, First Hill, the Central District, Montlake, Madison Valley, and Madison Park.

As of Tuesday, the King County elections had accepted 11,350 signatures as valid and marked 3,158 as likely invalid, according to the department’s website, with 2,281 still to be verified.

King County Elections has not yet officially approved the petition, but there are already “more than enough (validated signatures) to be comfortable about the outcome,” said agency spokeswoman Halei Watkins.

They expect to certify the petition later this week, Watkins said.

An election must take place 45 to 90 days after a petition is notarized. The King County elections tentatively consider December 7th for the Sawant vote.

Sawant supporters have accused the recall of waiting for their signatures to deliberately miss the November 2nd election, which includes the mayor’s race. They say the delay is a tactic designed to curb turnout among young voters and others who might support Sawant. The recall has denied that it wants a low turnout.

The recall petition accuses Sawant of using city resources to promote a “Tax Amazon” electoral initiative and admitting protesters to City Hall during the racial justice protests last year when the building was closed to the public over COVID-19 .

Sawant and her supporters have described the recall as a conservative attempt to thwart their work for the city’s workers and tenants.

Sawant was elected in 2013 and was re-elected in 2015 and 2019.


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