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Washington Minimum Drinking Age Act, Referendum 36 (1973)

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The Washington Minimum Drinking Age Act, also known as Referendum 36, was on the November 6, 1973 ballot in Washington as a veto referendum, where it was defeated. The measure overturned an act of the legislature that would have lowered the drinking age to 19 from 21.[1]

Election results

Washington Referendum 36 (1973)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No510,49150.74%
Yes 495,624 49.26%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

This Act lowers from 21 to 19 years the age at which a person may, without limitation as to purpose, purchase or consume alcoholic beverages and be admitted to establishments licensed by the state to sell such beverages. It also lowers from 21 to 18 the age at which a person may be employed to sell spirituous liquor, beer and wine in Class H licensed establishments. It further removes the present requirement for adult supervision of persons between 18 and 21 who sell beer and wine in establishments holding Class E and/or F licenses only (primarily grocery stores).

For Chapter 100, Laws of 1973

Against Chapter 100, Laws of 1973

Path to the ballot

Referendum 36 was field on April 4, 1973, by Lloyd C. Tremain of Citizens United for Responsible Legislation. 79,389 signatures were filed on June 7, 1973 and found sufficient. [2]

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