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Washington Private Audits of Municipal Accounts, Referendum 33 (1962)

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The Washington Private Audits of Municipal Accounts Act, also known as Referendum 33, was on the November 6, 1962 ballot in Washington as a veto referendum, where it was defeated, thus overturning the legislation. The measure would have authorized cities and towns to conduct financial audits through private accountants.[1]

Election results

Washington Referendum 33 (1962)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No563,47569.94%
Yes 242,189 30.06%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

AN ACT, Relating to auditing the accounts and financial affairs of cities and towns; authorizing cities and towns to cause the official examination of their affairs to be conducted by private accountants instead of the state auditor; prescribing qualifications for, and the method of selecting, private accounts; and requiring the state auditor to prescribe and the attorney general to enforce minimum standards of accounting and reporting.

Path to the ballot

Referendum 33 was filed on April 3, 1961 by the State Auditor Cliff Yelle. Signatures were submitted on June 6, 1961. The measure was placed on the ballot as provided for by the state constitution.[2]

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