Washington Party Conventions, Referendum 5 (1916)

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The Washington Party Conventions Act, also known as Referendum 5, 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 provided for the formation of state and county party conventions and the election of delegates to such conventions.[1]

Election results

Washington Referendum 5 (1916)
Defeatedd No200,49980.24%
Yes 49,370 19.76%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

An act relating to, regulating and providing for the nomination of candidates for public office in the State of Washington, providing for the holding of elections to elect delegates to conventions, providing for the holding of county and state conventions by political parties, defining the powers and duties of conventions and party committees, providing for the election of party committeemen, amending sections 4804, 4807, 4809, 4810, 4811, 4826, 4843, and repealing section 4841 of Remington & Ballinger's Annotated Codes and Statutes of Washington.[2]

Path to the ballot

Referendum 5 was filed on March 25, 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 19, 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 19, 2013