Washington Initiative Signatures, SJR 4 (1956)

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The Washington Initiative Signatures Amendment, also known as Senate Joint Resolution 4, was on the November 6, 1956 ballot in Washington as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure established that signatures equivalent to eight percent of voter turnout at the previous governor election are required to certify an initiative measure and four percent equivalent to certify a veto referendum.[1] The measure amended Section 1(a) of Article II of the Washington Constitution.[2]

Aftermath

SJR 2 was repeled from the constitution via Senate Joint Resolution 133 in 1981.

Election results

Washington SJR 4 (1956)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 413,107 54.03%
No351,51845.97%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

See also: Washington State Constitution, Section 1(a) of Article II

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

INCREASING SIGNATURES: INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM

Shall a new section be added to Article II of the Constitution which will supersede requirements specified in Section 1 thereof by providing that the valid signatures of eight per centum of the number of registered voters voting for Governor in the last election shall be necessary to certify an initiative and that four per centum shall be necessary to certify a referendum of an act of the Legislature?[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Office of the Secretary of State, "1956 Voters Pamphlet," accessed September 10, 2013
  2. Washington State Legislature, "Washington State Constitution," accessed September 10, 2013
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.