Washington Supreme Ruler of the Universe Initiative I-1040 (2009)

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The Washington Supreme Ruler of the Universe Initiative, also known as I-1040, was on the November 2009 ballot in Washington, if its sponsors can collect a minimum of 241,153 signatures of registered voters by 5:00 p.m. on July 3, 2009. The measure was withdrawn by its sponsor on March 3, 2009. A similar measure with different language was also proposed and remains slated for the ballot.

I-1040 is an Initiative to the People sponsored by Kimberlie Struiksma.

The official ballot title for I-1040 says, "Initiative Measure No. 1040 concerns a supreme ruler of the universe. This measure would prohibit state use of public money or lands for anything that denies or attempts to refute the existence of a supreme ruler of the universe, including textbooks, instruction or research."

Ballot measure summary

According to the description prepared by the Washington Secretary of State:

"This measure would require state government not to use public funds or property for anything that denies or attempts to refute the existence of a supreme ruler of the universe, including but not limited to appropriations for displays, textbooks, scientific endeavors, instruction, and research projects. The measure would provide that no person shall be questioned based on their personal values, beliefs, or opinions regarding the existence of a supreme ruler of the universe."

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