Washington Prohibition on Fluoridation of Public Water, Initiative 322 (1976)

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The Washington Prohibition on Fluoridation of Public Water Initiative, also known as Initiative 322, was on the November 2, 1976 ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the People, where it was defeated. The measure would have made fluoridation of public water unlawful.[1]

Election results

Washington Initiative 322 (1976)
Defeatedd No870,63164.95%
Yes 469,929 35.05%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Shall fluoridation of public water supplies be made unlawful and violations subject to criminal penalties?[2]

Path to the ballot

Initiative 322 was filed on January 2, 1976 by Caroline A. Sudduth of Seattle. 135,441 signatures were submitted to qualify it for the ballot.[3] The Secretary of State's office decreed that not enough signatures had been turned in. Supporters of the initiative filed a lawsuit against the Secretary of State. The case went to the Washington Supreme Court, which ordered the initiative to appear on the ballot. The decision did not come in time to place the initiative in the official voter's pamphlet.[4] The measure was placed on the ballot as provided for by the state constitution.

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