Washington Port Districts, Referendum 8 (1916)

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The Washington Port Districts Act, also known as Referendum 8, was on the November 7, 1916 ballot in Washington as a veto referendum, where it was defeated, thus overturning the legislation. The measure would have created ship port districts, ranked them into classes and provided for harbor improvements.[1]

Election results

Washington Referendum 8 (1916)
Defeatedd No195,25381.18%
Yes 45,264 18.82%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

An act defining port districts of the first class, providing a method for the government thereof, limiting the powers thereof, defining the powers and duties of the officers thereof, enacting certain other provisions relating thereto and amending chapter 92 of the Laws of 1911, being an act entitled 'An act authorizing the establishment of port districts; providing for the acquirement, construction, maintenance, operation, development and regulation of a system of harbor improvements and rail and water transfer and terminal facilities within such districts, and providing the method of payment therefore,' approved March 14, 1911, and heretofore amended and now in force, by adding thereto certain sections to be known respectively as section 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23.[2]

Path to the ballot

Referendum 8 was filed on March 25, 1915. 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, "1916 Voters Pamphlet," accessed September 19, 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 19, 2013