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Thursday, October 21, 2021

Voters will decide whether to withdraw the Socialist Seattle Council member

Attempts to recall Seattle Council female amnesty Sawant are about to be confirmed.

Kendall Hudson, chief of staff for the King County election, told The Epoch Times on Thursday that there were enough signatures to withdraw the petition.

Electoral staff were working to finalize the details of the application but the court had already confirmed 105 per cent of the signature limit for the preparation of any challenge.

According to Hudson, the certification will probably be held on Thursday.

Petition organizers need 10,687 signatures to verify their efforts. They submitted an additional 6,000. As of 9 a.m. Thursday, 11,350 of the 14,508 reviews were received.

Sawant did not respond to a request for comment.

A majority vote would remove the self-proclaimed socialist from office.

Critics say he should be recalled because he misused resources to promote the ballot initiative last year and a few hours later he was accused of abusing his position when he let hundreds of people into the City Hall. They further say he violated state secrecy by leading a procession to the home of Mayor Jenny Durkan, a Democrat.

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The state constitution of Washington allows the recall of an official who “committed or misbehaved or misbehaved while in office, or who violated their oath.”

A King County judge said last year that four of the six allegations cited by recall organizers were legally sufficient and that an appeal to the Washington State Supreme Court was subsequently rejected.

The decision on whether to retain Sawant fell to Seattle District voters.

Voters elected Sawant in 2011 and he has won re-election twice since.

If Sawant is removed, the Seattle City Council will select his replacement until the next election.

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Zachary Stiber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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