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Eight state measures on Washington's November 2012 ballot

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September 30, 2012


By Bailey Ludlam

OLYMPIA, Washington: A total of eight ballot measures are scheduled to appear on the State of Washington's November election ballot. Unlike past years, this year's state measures comprise of more than just Initiatives to the People and legislatively-referred constitutional amendments. Others on the ballot include Initiatives to the Legislature, veto referendums, and advisory questions.

For all of 2012, there are 185 ballot measures in 38 states on the ballot, and 173 of those are on the general election ballot in 37 states. Historically, even-numbered election years feature significantly higher measures than odd-numbered years. In 2010 alone, 184 ballot questions were certified for spots on 38 statewide ballots. In comparison, only 34 ballot measures were on the ballot in 9 states in 2011.

Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 1185 Taxes Would require either two-thirds legislative approval or a vote by the people in order to raise taxes. Approveda


ITP Initiative 1240 Education Allow 40 public charter schools in the state over five years. Approveda

VR Referendum 74 Marriage Would ask if same-sex marriage should be legalized in the state. Approveda

ITL Initiative 502 Marijuana Would legalize and regulate the sale of small amounts of marijuana to people 21 and older Approveda

LRCA SJR 8221 Budgets To include the recommendations of the commission on state debt. Approveda

LRCA SJR 8223 Education Provide authority to state research universities to invest funds. Defeatedd

AQ Advisory Vote 1 Taxes Declares an intent to improve the long-term sustainability of the state budget. Approveda

AQ Advisory Vote 2 Insurance Delays the expiration of the pollution liability insurance agency's funding. Approveda

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