Washington Obscene Material Sales Ban, Initiative 335 (1977)

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The Washington Prohibit Stores that Sell Obscene Material Initiative, also known as Initiative 335, was on the November 8, 1977 ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the People, where it was approved. The measure expanded the number of criminal offenses defined as "moral nuisances," including the displaying or selling of obscene material.[1]

Election results

Washington Initiative 335 (1977)
Approveda Yes 522,921 54.76%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Shall places where obscene films are publicly and regularly shown or obscene publications a principal stock in trade be prohibited?[2]

Path to the ballot

Initiative 335 was filed on January 10, 1977 by C. R. Lonergan, Jr of Seattle. 175,998 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, "1977 Voters Pamphlet," accessed August 22, 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 August 22, 2013