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Washington Privatization of Liquor Sales, Initiative 261 (1972)

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The Washington Privatization of Liquor Sales Initiative, also known as Initiative 261, was on the November 7, 1972 ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the People, where it was defeated. The measure would have privatized state-owned liquor stores and prohibited the state from engaging in the distribution and sale of alcohol.[1]

Election results

Washington Initiative 261 (1972)
Defeatedd No779,56855.11%
Yes 634,973 44.89%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

An ACT repealing existing statutes relating to the establishment and operation of state liquor stores; extending the state sales tax to sales of intoxicating liquor at retail; providing for the licensing of retailers of liquor and for the registration of each brand or label of liquor to be sold; and prohibiting the state of Washington from reselling any liquor either at retail or wholesale.[2]

Path to the ballot

Initiative 261 was filed on January 10, 1972 by Warren B. McPherson and Robert B. Gould of Seattle. 122,241 signatures were submitted to qualify it for the ballot. The measure was placed on the ballot as provided for by the state constitution.[3]

Similar measures

Defeatedd Washington Privatize Liquor Distribution, Initiative 1100 (2010)
Defeatedd Washington Revise State Liquor Laws, Initiative 1105 (2010)
Approveda Washington Liquor State Licensing, Initiative 1183 (2011)

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Office of the Secretary of State, "1972 Voters Pamphlet," accessed August 23, 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 23, 2013