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Washington 2012 ballot measures
Eight ballot measures were certified for the 2012 ballot in the state of Washington.
- The petition drive deadline for proposed citizen initiatives was July 6, 2012. A minimum of 241,153 valid petition signatures were required to qualify an Initiative to the People for the 2012 statewide ballot.
- Two measures filed signatures by the deadline; both made the ballot.
- The 2012 state legislative session began on January 9, 2012 and ended on March 8, 2012. Legislative referrals could have been sent to the 2012 ballot during this time.
On the ballot
|ITP||Initiative 1185||Taxes||Would require either two-thirds legislative approval or a vote by the people in order to raise taxes.|
|ITP||Initiative 1240||Education||Allow 40 public charter schools in the state over five years.|
|VR||Referendum 74||Marriage||Would ask if same-sex marriage should be legalized in the state.|
|ITL||Initiative 502||Marijuana||Would legalize and regulate the sale of small amounts of marijuana to people 21 and older|
|SJR 8221||Budgets||To include the recommendations of the commission on state debt.|
|SJR 8223||Education||Provide authority to state research universities to invest funds.|
|AQ||Advisory Vote 1||Taxes||Declares an intent to improve the long-term sustainability of the state budget.|
|AQ||Advisory Vote 2||Insurance||Delays the expiration of the pollution liability insurance agency's funding.|
Not on the ballot
|-||Temporary Sales Tax Increase Measure||Taxes||Would implement a temporary, half-cent sales tax increase.|
|Citizen Initiative Funding Amendment||Direct democracy||Would require citizen initiatives to identify a source of funds to cover any new costs.|
|ITP||Vehicle License Tab Fees, Initiative 1186||Transportation||Would cap vehicle license tab fees at $30 per year|
|ITP||Red-Light Cameras, Initiative 1187||Law enforcement||Would require the removal of automatic ticketing cameras not approved by voters|
|ITP||"Protect the Initiative Act," Initiative 1188||Direct democracy measures||Would establish protections for citizens participating in the initiative and referendum process|
|ITP||State Inspector General Office, Initiative 1189||Admin of gov't||Would create the office of "State Inspector General"|
|ITP||Marijuana Initiative||Marijuana||Would reclassify marijuana as an agricultural product and allow for the possession and sale of marijuana.|
|ITP||13.5 Hour Limited Driver's License Initiative||Transportation||Instead of suspending licenses for unpaid fines, would implement a limited working driver's license|
|ITP||"Definition of Marriage" Initiative||Marriage and family||Defines marriage as between one man and one woman|
|ITL||Supermajority Vote Requirement, Initiative 485 & 489 (4)||Taxes||Requires a 2/3 supermajority or 66% legislative approval or voter approval to raise taxes|
|ITL||Motor Vehicle Fees, Initiative 490 (2)||Transportation||Would set $30 annual vehicle-license fees|
|ITL||Marijuana Penalties, Initiative 493 (2)||Marijuana||Removes certain state criminal and civil penalties relating to manufacture, possession, use, and distribution of marijuana and paraphernalia|
|ITL||Initiative Proposals, Initiative 494||Elections||Permits the filing of an initiative measure up to eighteen months before the targeted election or legislative session|
Local ballot measures
- See also: Local ballot measure elections in 2012
- The News Tribune, "Washington Senate now 2 votes shy on gay marriage," January 13, 2012
- Shoreline Patch.com, "Smith on Politics: Rep. Ryu Expects Legislature to Send Tax Referendum to Ballot ," January 12, 2012 (dead link)
- Washington Secretary of State: From Our Corner, "Citizen initiative process now open for business," January 6, 2012
- Public News Service, "Predictions for WA's Special Legislative Session," November 28, 2011
- The Seattle Times, "Gay marriage? State lawmakers wonder if votes are there," August 27, 2011
- The Daily Herald, "Road, transit measure brewing," July 3, 2011
- The Freedom Foundation, "2012 Informed Voter Guide - Ballot Measures," September 11, 2012