Washington Legal Advisor for Grand Juries, Referendum 23 (1942)

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The Washington Legal Advisor for Grand Juries Act, also known as Referendum 23, was on the November 3, 1942 ballot in Washington as a veto referendum, where it was defeated, thus overturning the legislation. The measure would have provided an independent attorney to assist and advise a grand jury.[1]

Election results

Washington Referendum 23 (1942)
Defeatedd No148,26653.87%
Yes 126,972 46.13%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

An act relating to grand juries; providing for the appointment of an attorney, independent of the prosecuting attorney, to assist and advise the grand jury; and amending section 2032 of Remington's Revised Statutes.[2]

Path to the ballot

Referendum 23 was filed on April 16, 1941. Signatures were submitted on 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, "1942 Voters Pamphlet," accessed September 12, 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, "History of Referendum Measures," accessed September 12, 2013