Washington Legislative Reapportionment and Redistricting Act, Initiative 199 (1956)

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The Washington Legislative Reapportionment and Redistricting Initiative, also known as Initiative 199, was on the November 6, 1956 ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the People, where it was approved. The measure reapportioned and redistricting the state legislature districts. Specifically, the measure created three new districts, added three more members to the state senate and substituted census tracts for precincts as the geographical unit from which districts are formed.[1]


In 1957, the Washington State Legislature by a two-thirds vote of both chambers amended Initiative 199, passing Chapter 289, Laws of 1957, which essentially nullified Initiative 199.[2][3]

Election results

Washington Initiative 199 (1956)
Approveda Yes 448,121 52.45%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

LEGISLATIVE REAPPORTIONMENT AND REDISTRICTING An act relating to the state legislature and legislative districts; defining forty-nine senatorial and representative districts; creating three new legislative districts; providing for the number and apportionment of the members of the legislature; increasing the membership of the state senate by three members; substituting census tracts as established by the United States Bureau of the Census for precincts as the basic geographical units from which legislative districts are formed; combining such census tracts to form newly created districts and to change the boundaries and population of some existing districts; and repealing certain acts in conflict therewith.[4]

Path to the ballot

Initiative 199 was filed on February 16, 1956. Signatures were submitted to qualify it for the ballot. The measure was placed on the ballot as provided for by the state constitution.[2]

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