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Ballot initiatives in Washington

The State of Washington allows three types of citizen-initiated ballot measures:

  • Adopt the initiative as proposed, in which case it becomes law;
  • Reject or refuse to act on the proposed initiative, in which case the initiative must be placed on the ballot at the next state general election; or
  • Approve an alternative to the proposed initiative, in which case both the original proposal and the Legislature's alternative must be placed on the ballot at the next state general election.
  • Veto referenda are placed on the ballot to overturn statutes recently passed by the state legislature. To qualify for the ballot, sufficient signatures must be filed with the Secretary of State not later than ninety days after final adjournment of the session in which the measure was passed by the state legislature.