Washington Municipal Electricity, Initiative 52 (1924)

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The Washington Municipal Electricity Initiative, also known as Initiative 52, was on the November 4, 1924 ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the People, where it was defeated. The measure would have allowed cities and towns to purchase and sell electricity inside and outside their geographical limits, without the payment of tax, and authorized municipalities to construct, operate and maintain electrical facilities.[1]

See Energy policy in Washington for a full explanation of energy policy across the state.

Election results

Washington Initiative 52 (1942)
Defeatedd No217,39360.91%
Yes 139,492 39.09%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

An Act authorizing cities and towns to purchase, sell and dispose of electric current, inside or outside their corporate limits, without the payment of any tax thereon; authorizing the acquisition, construction, operation and maintenance of facilities in connection therewith, and authorizing cities and towns to condemn private property, including the right to use and damage railroads, not common carriers, booming, rafting and sorting works, for such purposes.[2]

Path to the ballot

Initiative 52 was filed on April 8, 1924. 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, "1924 Voters Pamphlet," accessed September 16, 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 16, 2013