Washington Private Alcohol Sales Ban, Initiative 13 (1948)

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The Washington Private Alcohol Sales Ban Initiative, also known as Initiative 13, was on the November 2, 1948 ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the Legislature, where it was defeated. The measure would have banned the sale of alcohol by any person other than the State of Washington.[1]

Election results

Washington Initiative 13 (1948)
Defeatedd No602,14174.3%
Yes 208,337 25.7%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

An act prohibiting the retail sale of beer and wine by any person other than the State of Washington, repealing all provisions of existing law pertaining to licensing for retail sale of beer and wine, revoking existing licenses and providing penalties.[2]

Path to the ballot

Signatures were filed on January 3, 1947 to qualify the measure for the ballot to be sent to the legislature. When the legislature did not take action on the proposed legislation, the measure was placed on the ballot as provided by state constitution.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Office of the Secretary of State, "1948 Voters Pamphlet," accessed September 11, 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 Legislature," accessed September 11, 2013