Washington Recall of Elected Officers, Referendum 4 (1916)

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The Washington Recall of Elected Officers Act, also known as Referendum 4, 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 altered the provisions regarding the recall of elected officials.[1]

Election results

Washington Referendum 4 (1916)
Defeatedd No193,68675.30%
Yes 63,646 24.07%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

An act to carry out the provisions and to facilitate the operation and effect of sections 33 and 34 of article I, of the constitution relating to the recall of elective public officers, to prevent fraud, and amending sections 4940-4, 4940-6, 4940-7, 4940-9, 4940-10, 4940-15 and 4940-16, Remington & Ballinger's Annotated Codes and Statutes of Washington, and repealing section 4940-5, Remington & Ballinger's Annotated Codes and Statutes of Washington, and declaring this act shall take effect January 1, 1916.[2]

Path to the ballot

Referendum 4 was filed on March 18, 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 17, 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 17, 2013