Washington Greyhound Racing, Initiative 258 (1972)

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The Washington Greyhound Racing Initiative, also known as Initiative 258, was on the November 7, 1972 ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the People, where it was defeated. The measure would have allowed a greyhound race track in any city with a population over 150,000.[1]

Election results

Washington Initiative 258 (1972)
Defeatedd No895,38562.98%
Yes 526,371 37.02%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

An ACT authorizing each city with a population over 150,000 to grant one franchise permitting greyhound racing meets; prescribing qualifications for franchises; authorizing parimutuel wagering; allowing franchisees ten percent of all moneys wagered; requiring payment of a tax of five percent of parimutuel machine gross receipts in lieu of all other taxes to the licensing city; authorizing the licensing city to pay not to exceed two and one-half percent of the net tax after subtracting costs to the county; and repealing inconsistent acts.[2]

Path to the ballot

Initiative 258 was filed on January 7, 1972 by Donald Nicholson of Kirkland. 151,856 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, "1972 Voters Pamphlet," accessed August 23, 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 August 23, 2013