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Washington Physical Examination of School Children, Referendum 13 (1922)

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The Washington Physical Examination of School Children Act, also known as Referendum 13, was on the November 7, 1922 ballot in Washington as a veto referendum, where it was defeated, thus overturning the legislation. The measure would have permitted parents to forbid physical examinations of their children, except in cases of contagious diseases, and removed vaccination requirements for school attendance.[1]

Election results

Washington Referendum 13 (1922)
Defeatedd No156,11361.71%
Yes 96,874 38.29%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

An Act providing that parents or guardians may forbid physical examinations of their school children in districts of the first class except when such children show symptoms of contagious or infectious diseases; and providing that vaccination, inoculation or other medication shall not be made a condition of attendance or employment in such schools except of persons suspected of having or who have been exposed to contagious diseases.[2]

Path to the ballot

Referendum 13 was filed on April 4, 1921. 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, "1922 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, "History of Referendum Measures," accessed September 16, 2013