:: See also: Redistricting in Washington
State of Washington Constitutional Amendment 74
was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment
to the Washington State Constitution
. It was on the November 8, 1983
ballot in the State of Washington
, where it was approved.
| Amendment 74|
| Yes|| 639,981|| 61.07%|
Amendment 74 repealed Article XXVII, Section 13 of the Washington State Constitution and amended Section 3 of Article II.
It was the 74th amendment approved to the Washington State Constitution subsequent to its adoption in 1889.
Text of measure
The ballot question was, "Shall a commission be appointed by legislative leaders to redistrict legislative and congressional districts each decade based on equal population?"
Amendment 74 was placed on the ballot via Senate Joint Resolution 103.
Redistricting website launched
On November 16, 2009 the secretary of state announced that the state has launched a redistricting website which outlines the independent citizen commission. The commission will go into effect following the 2010 census. The census data will be used to redraw legislative and congressional districts. According to state officials, redistricting responsibilities will fall to the legislature in July 2010 and then transfer to the Washington Redistricting Commission in January 2011. If approved, the new boundaries will take effect for the 2012 elections. The commission will disband once the districts are established. A new commission is expected to be appointed in 2021.