Washington Joint Tenancies in Property, Initiative 208 (1960)

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The Washington Joint Tenancies in Property Initiative, also known as Initiative 208, was on the November 8, 1960 ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the People, where it was approved. The measure authorized any two or more persons to become co-owners of any kind of property as joint tenants with rights of survivorship.[1]

Election results

Washington Initiative 208 (1960)
Approveda Yes 647,529 60.05%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

AN ACT Relating to property; authorizing joint tenancies in real and personal property with common law incidents of survivorship and severability; allowing property rights of a deceased joint tenant to pass immediately upon death to the surviving joint tenant; prescribing methods and requirements for the creation of joint tenancies; providing that the transfer of property to surviving joint tenants shall not derogate from the rights of creditors; and repealing existing laws which abolished the right of survivorship as an incident of joint tenancies or tenancy by the entireties.[2]

Path to the ballot

Initiative 208 was filed on January 13, 1960. Signatures were submitted to qualify it for the ballot. The measure was placed on the ballot as provided for by the state constitution.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Office of the Secretary of State, "1960 Voters Pamphlet," accessed September 9, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  3. Washington Secretary of State, "Initiatives to the People," accessed September 9, 2013