Washington Scholarship Vouchers, Initiative 173 (1996)

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The Washington Scholarship Vouchers Initiative, also known as Initiative 173, was on the November 5, 1996 ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the Legislature, where it was defeated. The measure would have allowed for the issuing of scholarship vouchers for students to attend voucher-redeeming private and public schools.[1]

Election results

Washington Initiative 173 (1996)
Defeatedd No1,406,43364.46%
Yes 775,281 35.54%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Shall the state pay scholarship vouchers for primary and secondary students to attend voucher-redeeming private or public schools of choice?[2]

Path to the ballot

Sponsor Robert W. Taber of Olympia filed 241,434 signatures to qualify the measure 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 for by the state constitution.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 'Office of the Secretary of State, "1996 Voters Pamphlet," accessed August 30, 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 August 30, 2013