Washington Social Security and Unemployment Assistance, Initiative 157 (1944)

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The Washington Social Security and Unemployment Assistance Initiative, also known as Initiative 157, was on the November 7, 1944 ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the People, where it was defeated. The measure would have extended and enlarged social security and unemployment assistance programs.[1]

Election results

Washington Initiative 157 (1944)
Defeatedd No403,75662.69%
Yes 240,565 37.31%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

An act relating to Social Security and Unemployment Compensation; creating a Washington State Social Security Board and establishing a Washington State Social Security System; extending unemployment compensation benefits to include war veterans and certain governmental employees; enlarging, generally, the scope of unemployment benefits; liberalizing grants to the blind and senior citizens; directing a survey of cost and availability of medical care; prescribing duties of certain officers; defining certain terms; making an appropriation; repealing acts and parts of acts in conflict therewith and establishing effective dates.[2]

Path to the ballot

Initiative 157 was filed on March 3, 1944. 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, "1944 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 People," accessed September 11, 2013