Election officials say Sawant supporters can continue collecting recall signatures

Jul 15, 2021, 1:21 PM | Updated: 2:23 pm

Sawant recall signatures...

A "Sawant Solidarity" petitioner in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. (MyNorthwest photo)

(MyNorthwest photo)

Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant and her supporters can continue collecting signatures for her recall, following a complaint filed by the campaign stating that she was “co-opting the process.”

Sawant now urging supporters to collect signature to force recall vote

The recall campaign recently reported that it had collected over 9,000 signatures of the 10,739 it needs to trigger a vote in the next regularly scheduled election. While it technically has until mid-October before a mandated 180-day window expires, it has indicated that it hopes to meet the Aug. 1 deadline needed to have the recall take place in November.

That saw Sawant begin a push to help collect signatures last week, accusing the recall campaign of actually targeting a lower turnout special election in 2022. In having her supporters join the signature-gathering effort, her belief is that the higher turnout general election in November will attract more progressive voters.

In response to that, the recall campaign’s lawyers submitted a complaint with King County Elections over the weekend, citing concerns that Sawant and her supporters were “confusing the voters and may be planning to not turn [the signatures they gather] over to the recall committee.”

The complaint called on King County Elections and/or the King County Prosecutor’s Office to inform Sawant that signatures “must be formally validated and submitted” by the recall campaign.

Kshama Sawant recall group targets November election

King County Elections issued a response Thursday, confirming that the state’s laws “only allow for the person, committee, or organization demanding the recall to submit the signature pages to our office.”

“We cannot accept petition pages from anyone else,” a spokesperson told MyNorthwest.

That said, it also noted that it’s still legal for Sawant’s supporters to continue collecting the actual signatures themselves, although they can only be counted if they’re first given over to the recall campaign for verification and final submission.

Local News

Nordstrom patagonia lawsuit...

Bill Kaczaraba

Patagonia accuses Nordstrom of selling fake merch, files lawsuit

Patagonia is accusing Nordstrom of selling fake merchandise and has filed a lawsuit against the Seattle-based department store chain.

13 hours ago

King County Regional Homelessness Authority KCRHA 5-year plan...

L.B. Gilbert

KCRHA approves 5-year plan to address homelessness

The King County Regional Homeless Authority (KCRHA) unanimously voted Thursday to approve its new 5-year plan, which includes $250M for 2024.

13 hours ago

Don Bonker...

Bill Kaczaraba

Former Congressman Don Bonker remembered as a ‘peacemaker’

Known as a "peacemaker," former U.S. Representative Don Bonker, who represented Washington’s 3rd District from 1975-89, has died.

13 hours ago

queen anne road...

L.B. Gilbert

Utility company damages Queen Anne Ave, partially closing road

A private utility crew damaged a tunnel under a busy block of Queen Anne Avenue, and the road is partially shut down.

13 hours ago

muti-day fire lacey mushroom...

L.B. Gilbert

12-year-old arrested in connection to fire at Lacey mushroom farm

Lacey firefighters are looking at a multi-day fight against a fire that broke out Wednesday at an abandoned mushroom farm.

13 hours ago

(Photo from KIRO 7)...

Deedee Sun, KIRO 7 News

Two Northshore elementary principals on leave after alleged cocaine use

High on cocaine with a loaded gun – that’s what Redmond police say they saw when they confronted a local elementary school principal at a QFC.

13 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Men's Health Month...

Men’s Health Month: Why It’s Important to Speak About Your Health

June is Men’s Health Month, with the goal to raise awareness about men’s health and to encourage men to speak about their health.

Internet Washington...

Major Internet Upgrade and Expansion Planned This Year in Washington State

Comcast is investing $280 million this year to offer multi-gigabit Internet speeds to more than four million locations.

Compassion International...

Brock Huard and Friends Rally Around The Fight for First Campaign

Professional athletes are teaming up to prevent infant mortality and empower women at risk in communities facing severe poverty.

Emergency Preparedness...

Prepare for the next disaster at the Emergency Preparedness Conference

Being prepared before the next emergency arrives is key to preserving businesses and organizations of many kinds.

SHIBA volunteer...

Volunteer to help people understand their Medicare options!

If you’re retired or getting ready to retire and looking for new ways to stay active, becoming a SHIBA volunteer could be for you!

safety from crime...

As crime increases, our safety measures must too

It's easy to be accused of fearmongering regarding crime, but Seattle residents might have good reason to be concerned for their safety.

Election officials say Sawant supporters can continue collecting recall signatures