Washington Initiative and Referendum Fraud Prevention, Referendum 3 (1916)

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The Washington Initiative and Referendum Fraud Prevention Act, also known as Referendum 3, was on the November 7, 1916 ballot in Washington as a veto referendum, where it was defeated, thus overturning the legislation. The measure would have attempted to prevent certain kinds of fraud in initiative and referendum processes.[1]

Election results

Washington Referendum 3 (1916)
Defeatedd No196,36375.97%
Yes 62,117 24.03%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

An act to facilitate the operation of the provisions of section 1 of article XI of the Constitution relating to the initiative and referendum, to prevent fraud, and amending sections 4971-1, 4971-5, 4971-6, 4971-7, 4971-9, 4971-10, 4971-15, 4971-16, 4971-17, 4971-31 and 4971-32 of Remington & Ballinger's Annotated Codes and Statutes of Washington, and repealing section 4971-8 of Remington & Ballinger's Annotated Codes and Statutes of Washington, and declaring this act shall take effect January 1st, 1916.[2]

Path to the ballot

Referendum 3 was filed on March 18, 1915. 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, "1916 Voters Pamphlet," accessed September 17, 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, "History of Referendum Measures," accessed September 17, 2013