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{{wabm}}{{tnr}}'''Seventy-two''' [[veto referendum|veto referenda]] were filed with the [[Washington Secretary of State]] from 1914 through 2009.  Of these, '''thirty-six''' qualified for the ballot.
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This page is a list of [[veto referendum|Washington referendum measures]], also known commonly as veto referenda.
  
Of the 36 that qualified for the ballot, 28 resulted in voters overturning recent acts of the [[Washington State Legislature]], while in 8 cases, voters ratified a recently-enacted law that was undergoing a [[veto referendum]] process.<ref name=stats>[http://wei.secstate.wa.gov/osos/en/InitiativesandReferenda/Pages/StatisticalSummary.aspx Statistical summary of Initiatives to the People]</ref>
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==Background==
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In 1912, citizens in Washington approved the [[Washington Right to Initiative & Referendum, Amendment 7 (1912)|right to initiative and referendum]] by a 71 to 29 percent split.
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The first referendum, regarding a law that would create a [[Washington Teacher's Retirement, Referendum 1 (1914)|Teachers’ Retirement Fund]], went to the ballot on the [[Washington 1914 ballot measures|November 3, 1914 ballot]], and was defeated alongside Washington's [[Washington Quincy Valley Irrigation, Referendum 2 (1914)|second referendum]].<ref name="sosvr">[http://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/initiatives/statistics_referendummeasures.aspx ''Washington Secretary of State'', "History of Referendum Measures through 2009"]</ref>
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Since that beginning, through June of 2012 on the ballot, 74 referendum measures have been proposed. However, only 37 have been sent to the ballots.<ref name="sosvr"/><ref>[http://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/initiatives/referendum.aspx?y=2012 ''Washington Secretary of State'', "Initiatives to the Legislature - 2012"]</ref>
  
 
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==1914==
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==2012==
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:: ''See also: [[Washington 2012 ballot measures]]''
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|{{vr}} || [[Washington Same-Sex Marriage Veto Referendum, Referendum 74 (2012)|Referendum 74]] || [[Marriage and family on the ballot|Marriage and family]] || Would ask if same-sex marriage should be legalized in the state.
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{{defeated}} [[Washington Teacher's Retirement, Referendum 1 (1914)|Teacher's Retirement, Referendum 1]] <br>
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==2009==
{{defeated}} [[Washington Quincy Valley Irrigation, Referendum 2 (1914)|Quincy Valley Irrigation, Referendum 2]]
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:: ''See also: [[Washington 2009 ballot measures]]''
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{Between 2007-2009, Referendum Measures 68, 69 and 70 were registered, but no signatures were turned in to qualify them for the ballot.)<ref name="sosvr"/>
  
==1916==
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| {{vr}}
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| [[Washington Domestic Partners Rights and Responsibilities, Referendum 71 (2009)|Referendum 71]]
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|[[Marriage and family on the ballot|Marriage]]
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|  Expansion of domestic partnership rights
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| {{ap}}
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{{defeated}} [[Washington Initiative Laws, Referendum 3 (1916)|Initiative Laws, Referendum 3]] <br>
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==2007==
{{defeated}} [[Washington Recall of Elective Officers, Referendum 4 (1916)|Recall of Elective Officers, Referendum 4]] <br>
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:: ''See also: [[Washington 2007 ballot measures]]''
{{defeated}} [[Washington Party Conventions Act, Referendum 5 (1916)|Party Conventions Act, Referendum 5]] <br>
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(Between 2004-2007, supporters of Referendum Measures 56-66 either did not turn in signatures, withdrew their measures, or bumped into the [[emergency clause]] and, as a result, none of these measures went on the ballot.)<ref name="sosvr"/>
{{defeated}} [[Washington Anti-Picketing Act, Referendum 6 (1916)|Anti-Picketing Act, Referendum 6]] <br>
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{{defeated}} [[Washington Certificate of Necessity Act, Referendum 7 (1916)|Certificate of Necessity Act, Referendum 7]] <br>
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{{defeated}} [[Washington Port Commission Act, Referendum 8 (1916)|Port Commission Act, Referendum 8]] <br>
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{{defeated}} [[Washington Budget System Act, Referendum 9 (1916)|Budget System Act, Referendum 9]]
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==1918==
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{{approved}} [[Washington Bone Dry Act, Referendum 10 (1918)|Bone Dry Act, Referendum 10]]
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| {{vr}} || [[Washington Triple Damages for Unreasonable Insurance Denials, Referendum 67 (2007)|Referendum 67]] || [[Health care on the ballot|Health]] || Insurers prohibited from unreasonably denying certain coverage claims. || {{ap}}
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==1922==
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==2004==
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:: ''See also: [[Washington 2004 ballot measures]]''
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(Supporters of Referendum 54 did not turn in any signatures to qualify their measure for the ballot.)<ref name="sosvr"/>
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| {{vr}} || [[Washington Charter School Authorization, Referendum 55 (2004)|R-55]] || [[Education on the ballot|Education]] || Authorize charter public schools and set conditions on operations || {{d}}
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(Supporters of Measures 11, 12A, 13A and 14A did not submit signatures to qualify their referenda for the ballot.)
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==2002==
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:: ''See also: [[Washington 2002 ballot measures]]''
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(Between 1995 and 2002, supporters of Referendum Measures 49, 50, 51 and 52 did not submit signatures, or withdrew their measures.)<ref name="sosvr"/>
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| {{vr}} || [[Washington Unemployment Insurance, Referendum 53 (2002)|R-53]] || [[Labor and unions on the ballot|Labor]] || Increase taxable wage base for unemployment insurance, impose surcharges  || {{d}}
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{{defeated}} [[Washington Certificate of Necessity Act, Referendum 12B (1922)|Certificate of Necessity Act, Referendum 12B]] <br>
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==1995==
{{defeated}} [[Washington Physical Examination of School Children, Referendum 13B (1922)|Physical Examination of School Children, Referendum 13B]] <br>
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:: ''See also: [[Washington 1995 ballot measures]]''
{{defeated}} [[Washington Primary Nominations and Registration, Referendum 14B (1922)|Primary Nominations and Registration, Referendum 14B]] <br>
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(Between 1986 and 1995, supporters of Referendum Measures 42, 43, 44, 45, 46 and 47 did not submit signatures and therefore, none of these measures qualified for the ballot.)<ref name="sosvr"/>
{{defeated}} [[Washington Party Conventions, Referendum 15 (1922)|Party Conventions, Referendum 15]]
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| {{vr}} || [[Washington Land Use, Referendum 48 (1995)|Land Use, R-48]] || [[Property on the ballot|Property]] ||  Should Chapter 98, Laws of 1995, concerning land use regulations be upheld?  || {{d}}
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==1924==
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==1984==
[[File:Margarine.jpg|thumb|Shelves of butter substitutes]]
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:: ''See also: [[Washington 1984 ballot measures]]''
{{defeated}} [[Washington Butter Substitutes, Referendum 16 (1924)|Butter Substitutes, Referendum 16]]
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A court ordered a writ of prohibition to prevent Referendum 41 from appearing on the November, 1984 election ballot.<ref name="sosvr"/>
  
==1934==
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==1977==
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:: ''See also: [[Washington 1977 ballot measures]]''
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(Supporters of Referenda 37 and 38 did not submit signatures to qualify their measures for the ballot.)<ref name="sosvr"/>
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|{{vr}} || [[Washington Voter Registration by Mail Act, Referendum 39 (1977)|Referendum 39]] || [[Elections and campaigns on the ballot|Elections]] || Changes in voter registration laws || {{d}}
  
(Supporters of Referendum 17 did not submit signatures to qualify their measure for the ballot.)
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|{{vr}} ||[[Washington Establishment of a State Women's Commission, Referendum 40 (1977)|Referendum 40]] || [[Administration of government on the ballot|Admin of gov't]] || Establish a state Women's Commission || {{d}}
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{{approved}} [[Washington Electric Energy for Cities and Town, Referendum 18 (1934)|Electric Energy for Cities and Town, Referendum 18]]
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==1973==
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:: ''See also: [[Washington 1973 ballot measures]]''
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| {{vr}} || [[Washington Minimum Drinking Age Act, Referendum 36 (1973) |Referendum 36]] || [[Alcohol on the ballot|Alcohol]] || Lower drinking age from 21 to 19 || {{d}}
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==1942==
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==1968==
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:: ''See also: [[Washington 1968 ballot measures]]''
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| {{vr}} || [[Washington Non-Discrimination by Real Estate Brokers Act, Referendum 35 (1968)|Referendum 35]] || [[Business regulation on the ballot|Business Regulation]] || Real estate brokers prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, creed, color or national origin || {{ap}}
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(Supporters of Referenda 19, 20 and 21 did not submit signatures to qualify their measures for the ballot.)
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==1964==
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[[File:J&M Cafe.jpg|thumb|150px|'''J&M Cafe and Cardroom''']]
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:: ''See also: [[Washington 1964 ballot measures]]''
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|{{vr}} || [[Washington Cardrooms and Bingo Act, Referendum 34 (1964)|Referendum 34]] || [[Gambling on the ballot|Gambling]]|| Regulation of Cardrooms and Bingo || {{d}}
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{{approved}} [[Washington Industrial Insurance, Referendum 22 (1942)|Industrial Insurance, Referendum 22]] <br>
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==1962==
{{defeated}} [[Washington Legal Advisor for Grand Juries, Referendum 23 (1942)|Legal Advisor for Grand Juries, Referendum 23]] <br>
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:: ''See also: [[Washington 1962 ballot measures]]''
{{defeated}} [[Washington Prosecuting Attorneys Act, Referendum 24 (1942)|Prosecuting Attorneys Act, Referendum 24]]
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==1944==
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(Supporters of Referendum 31 submitted signatures, but these were found to be insufficient for ballot qualification.)<ref name="sosvr"/>
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|{{vr}} || [[Washington State Milk Marketing Act, Referendum 32 (1962)|Referendum 32]] || [[Business regulation on the ballot|Business Regulation]] || Declared to be for the protection of the health and welfare of the public, and for the purpose of maintaining stability and properity in the milk industry, and authorizing and providing procedures for the Director of Agriculture || {{d}}
  
{{defeated}} [[Washington Public Utility Districts, Referendum 25 (1944)|Public Utility Districts, Referendum 25]]
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|{{vr}} || [[Washington Private Auditors of Municipal Accounts, Referendum 33 (1962) |Referendum 33]] || [[State and local government budgets, spending and finance on the ballot|Public Finance]] || Relating to auditing the accounts and financial affairs of cities and towns || {{d}}
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==1946==
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==1958==
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:: ''See also: [[Washington 1958 ballot measures]]''
  
(Supporters of Referenda 26 and 27 did not submit signatures to qualify their measures for the ballot.)  
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(Supporters of Referendum 29 did not submit signatures to qualify their measure for the ballot.)<ref name="sosvr"/>
 
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{{defeated}} [[Washington Appointment of Game Commissioners, Referendum 26 (1946)|Appointment of Game Commissioners, Referendum 26]] <br>
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{{defeated}} [[Washington State Timber Resources Board, Referendum 27 (1946)|State Timber Resources Board, Referendum 27]] <br>
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|{{vr}} || [[Washington Inheritance Tax on Insurance, Referendum 30 (1958)|Referendum 30]] || [[Taxes on the ballot|Taxes]] || Inheritance Tax on Insurance Proceeds || {{d}}
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==1950==
 
==1950==
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:: ''See also: [[Washington 1950 ballot measures]]''
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|{{vr}} || [[Washington Accident and Health Insurance, Referendum 28 (1950)|Referendum 28]] || [[Health care on the ballot|Health Care]] || Accident and health insurance covering employees eligible for unemployment compensation || {{d}}
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{{defeated}} [[Washington Accident and Health Insurance, Referendum 28 (1946)|Accident and Health Insurance, Referendum 28]]
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==1946==
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:: ''See also: [[Washington 1946 ballot measures]]''
  
==1958==
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(Supporters of Referenda 26 and 27 did not submit signatures to qualify their measures for the ballot.)<ref name="sosvr"/>
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|{{vr}} || [[Washington Appointment of Game Commissioners, Referendum 26 (1946)|Referendum 26]] || [[Hunting on the ballot|Hunting]] || Appointment of Game Commissioners || {{d}}
  
(Supporters of Referendum 29 did not submit signatures to qualify their measure for the ballot.)
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|{{vr}} || [[Washington State Timber Resources Board, Referendum 27 (1946)|Referendum 27]] || [[Natural resources on the ballot|Natural Resources]] || State Timber Resources Board || {{d}}
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{{defeated}} [[Washington Inheritance Tax on Insurance, Referendum 30 (1958)|Inheritance Tax on Insurance, Referendum 30]]
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==1944==
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:: ''See also: [[Washington 1944 ballot measures]]''
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|{{vr}} || [[Washington Public Utility Districts, Referendum 25 (1944)|Referendum 25]] || [[Utilities on the ballot|Utilities]] || Public Utility Districts || {{d}}
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==1962==
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==1942==
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:: ''See also: [[Washington 1942 ballot measures]]''
  
(Supporters of Referendum 31 submitted signatures, but these were found to be insufficient for ballot qualification.)  
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(Supporters of Referenda 19, 20 and 21 did not submit signatures to qualify their measures for the ballot.)<ref name="sosvr"/>
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|{{vr}} || [[Washington Industrial Insurance, Referendum 22 (1942)|Referendum 22]] || [[Business regulation on the ballot|Business Regulation]] || Industrial Insurance || {{ap}}
  
{{defeated}} [[Washington State Milk Marketing Act, Referendum 32 (1962)|State Milk Marketing Act, Referendum 32]] <br>
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{{defeated}} [[Washington Private Auditors of Municipal Accounts, Referendum 33 (1962)|Private Auditors of Municipal Accounts, Referendum 33]]
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|{{vr}} || [[Washington Legal Advisor for Grand Juries, Referendum 23 (1942)|Referendum 23]] || [[State judiciary on the ballot|Judicial Reform]] || Legal Advisor for Grand Juries || {{d}}
  
[[File:J&M Cafe.jpg|thumb|300px|'''J&M Cafe and Cardroom''']]
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|{{vr}} || [[Washington Prosecuting Attorneys Act, Referendum 24 (1942)|Referendum 24]] || [[State judiciary on the ballot|Judicial Reform]] || Prosecuting Attorneys Act || {{d}}
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==1964==
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==1934==
{{defeated}} [[Washington Cardrooms and Bingo Act, Referendum 34 (1964)|Cardrooms and Bingo Act, Referendum 34]]
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:: ''See also: [[Washington 1934 ballot measures]]''
  
==1968==
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(Supporters of Referendum 17 did not submit signatures to qualify their measure for the ballot.)<ref name="sosvr"/>
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|{{vr}} || [[Washington Electric Energy for Cities and Town, Referendum 18 (1934)|Referendum 18]] || [[Energy on the ballot|Energy]] || Electric Energy for Cities and Town || {{ap}}
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{{approved}} [[Washington Non-Discrimination by Real Estate Brokers Act, Referendum 35 (1968)|Non-Discrimination by Real Estate Brokers Act, Referendum 35]]
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==1924==
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:: ''See also: [[Washington 1924 ballot measures]]''
  
==1973==
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[[File:Margarine.jpg|thumb|Shelves of butter substitutes]]
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|{{vr}} || [[Washington Butter Substitutes, Referendum 16 (1924)|Referendum 16]] || [[Business regulation on the ballot|Business Regulation]] || Butter Substitutes || {{d}}
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{{defeated}} [[Washington Minimum Drinking Age Act, Referendum 36 (1973)|Minimum Drinking Age Act, Referendum 36]]
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==1922==
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:: ''See also: [[Washington 1922 ballot measures]]''
  
==1977==
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(Supporters of Measures 11, 12A, 13A and 14A did not submit signatures to qualify their referenda for the ballot.)<ref name="sosvr"/>
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|{{vr}} || [[Washington Certificate of Necessity Act, Referendum 12B (1922)|Referendum 12B]] || [[Business regulation on the ballot|Business Regulation]] || Certificate of Necessity Act || {{d}}
  
(Supporters of Referenda 37 and 38 did not submit signatures to qualify their measures for the ballot.)
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|{{vr}} || [[Washington Physical Examination of School Children, Referendum 13B (1922)|Referendum 13B]] || [[Education on the ballot|Education]] || Physical Examination of School Children || {{d}}
  
{{defeated}} [[Washington Voter Registration by Mail Act, Referendum 39 (1977)|Voter Registration by Mail Act, Referendum 39]] <br>
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{{defeated}} [[Washington Establishment of a State Women's Commission, Referendum 40 (1977)|Establishment of a State Women's Commission, Referendum 40]]
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|{{vr}} || [[Washington Primary Nominations and Registration, Referendum 14B (1922)|Referendum 14B]] || [[Elections and campaigns on the ballot|Elections and Campaigns]] || Primary Nominations and Registration || {{d}}
  
==1984==
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|{{vr}} || [[Washington Party Conventions, Referendum 15 (1922)|Referendum 15]] || [[Elections and campaigns on the ballot|Elections]] || Party Conventions || {{d}}
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A court ordered a writ of prohibition to prevent Referendum 40 from appearing on the November, 1984 election ballot.
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==1918==
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:: ''See also: [[Washington 1918 ballot measures]]''
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|{{vr}} || [[Washington Bone Dry Act, Referendum 10 (1918) |Referendum 10]] || [[Alcohol on the ballot|Alcohol]] ||Bone Dry Act || {{ap}}
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==1995==
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==1916==
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:: ''See also: [[Washington 1916 ballot measures]]''
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|{{vr}} || [[Washington Initiative Laws, Referendum 3 (1916)|Referendum 3]] || [[Direct democracy measures on the ballot|Direct democracy]] || Initiative Laws || {{d}}
  
(Between 1986 and 1995, supporters of Referendum Measures 42, 43, 44, 45, 46 and 47 did not submit signatures and therefore, none of these measures qualified for the ballot.)
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|{{vr}} || [[Washington Recall of Elective Officers, Referendum 4 (1916)|Referendum 4]] || [[Elections and campaigns on the ballot|Elections]] || Recall of Elected Officer || {{d}}
  
{{defeated}} [[Washington Land Use, Referendum 48 (1995)|Land Use, Referendum 48]]
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|{{vr}} || [[Washington Party Conventions Act, Referendum 5 (1916)|Referendum 5]] || [[Elections and campaigns on the ballot|Elections]] || Party Conventions Act || {{d}}
  
==2002==
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|{{vr}} || [[Washington Anti-Picketing Act, Referendum 6 (1916)|Referendum 6]] || [[Labor and unions on the ballot|Labor]] || Anti-Picketing Act || {{d}}
  
(Between 1995 and 2002, supporters of Referendum Measures 49, 50, 51 and 52 did not submit signatures, or withdrew their measures.)
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|{{vr}} || [[Washington Certificate of Necessity Act, Referendum 7 (1916)|Referendum 7]] || [[Administration of government on the ballot|Admin of gov't]] || Certificate of Necessity Act || {{d}}
  
{{defeated}} [[Washington Unemployment Insurance, Referendum 53 (2002)|Unemployment Insurance, Referendum 53]]
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|{{vr}} || [[Washington Port Commission Act, Referendum 8 (1916)|Referendum 8]] || [[Transportation on the ballot|Transportation]] || Port Commission Act || {{d}}
  
==2004==
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|{{vr}} || [[Washington Budget System Act, Referendum 9 (1916)|Referendum 9]] || [[State and local government budgets, spending and finance on the ballot|State Budgets]] || Budget System Act || {{d}}
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[[File:Rosa Parks.jpg|thumb|Civil rights heroine Rosa Parks, who endorsed a "yes" vote on [[Washington Charter School Authorization, Referendum 55 (2004)|R-55]]]]
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==1914==
(Supporters of Referendum 54 did not turn in any signatures to qualify their measure for the ballot.)
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:: ''See also: [[Washington 1914 ballot measures]]''
 
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{{defeated}} [[Washington Charter School Authorization, Referendum 55 (2004)|Charter School Authorization, Referendum 55]]
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==2007==
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| [[Washington Teacher's Retirement, Referendum 1 (1914)|Teacher Retirement, R-1]]
 
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| [[Education on the ballot|Education]]
(Between 2004-2007, supporters of Referendum Measures 56-66 either did not turn in signatures, withdrew their measures, or bumped into the [[emergency clause]] and, as a result, none of these measures went on the ballot.)
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| Retirement fund for teachers
 
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{{approved}} [[Washington Referendum 67 (2007)|Triple Damages for Wrongly Denied Insurance Claims, Referendum 67]]
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==2009==
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{Between 2007-2009, Referendum Measures 68, 69 and 70 were registered, but no signatures were turned in to qualify them for the ballot.)
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| [[Washington Quincy Valley Irrigation, Referendum 2 (1914)|Quincy Valley Irrigation, R-2]]
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| [[Administration of government on the ballot|Admin of gov't]]
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| Public irrigation system for Quincy Valley
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|{{d}}
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{{approved}} [[Washington Referendum 71 (2009)|Referendum 71]]
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==See also==
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* {{vrfull}}
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* [[List of Washington State Initiatives to the People]]
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* [[List of Washington State Initiatives to the Legislature]]
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* [[List of Washington ballot measures]]
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
  
* [http://www.secstate.wa.gov/elections/initiatives/statistics_referendummeasures.aspx History of State of Washington veto referendum measures]
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* [http://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/initiatives/statistics_referendummeasures.aspx History of State of Washington veto referendum measures]
  
 
==References==
 
==References==

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This page is a list of Washington referendum measures, also known commonly as veto referenda.

Background

In 1912, citizens in Washington approved the right to initiative and referendum by a 71 to 29 percent split.

The first referendum, regarding a law that would create a Teachers’ Retirement Fund, went to the ballot on the November 3, 1914 ballot, and was defeated alongside Washington's second referendum.[1]

Since that beginning, through June of 2012 on the ballot, 74 referendum measures have been proposed. However, only 37 have been sent to the ballots.[1][2]

Legend:

Defeatedd means that an act of the Washington State Legislature was overturned.
Approveda means that an act of the legislature was ratified.

2012

See also: Washington 2012 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description
VR Referendum 74 Marriage and family Would ask if same-sex marriage should be legalized in the state.

2009

See also: Washington 2009 ballot measures

{Between 2007-2009, Referendum Measures 68, 69 and 70 were registered, but no signatures were turned in to qualify them for the ballot.)[1]

Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Referendum 71 Marriage Expansion of domestic partnership rights Approveda

2007

See also: Washington 2007 ballot measures

(Between 2004-2007, supporters of Referendum Measures 56-66 either did not turn in signatures, withdrew their measures, or bumped into the emergency clause and, as a result, none of these measures went on the ballot.)[1]

Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Referendum 67 Health Insurers prohibited from unreasonably denying certain coverage claims. Approveda

2004

See also: Washington 2004 ballot measures

(Supporters of Referendum 54 did not turn in any signatures to qualify their measure for the ballot.)[1]

Type Title Subject Description Result
VR R-55 Education Authorize charter public schools and set conditions on operations Defeatedd

2002

See also: Washington 2002 ballot measures

(Between 1995 and 2002, supporters of Referendum Measures 49, 50, 51 and 52 did not submit signatures, or withdrew their measures.)[1]

Type Title Subject Description Result
VR R-53 Labor Increase taxable wage base for unemployment insurance, impose surcharges Defeatedd

1995

See also: Washington 1995 ballot measures

(Between 1986 and 1995, supporters of Referendum Measures 42, 43, 44, 45, 46 and 47 did not submit signatures and therefore, none of these measures qualified for the ballot.)[1]

Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Land Use, R-48 Property Should Chapter 98, Laws of 1995, concerning land use regulations be upheld? Defeatedd

1984

See also: Washington 1984 ballot measures

A court ordered a writ of prohibition to prevent Referendum 41 from appearing on the November, 1984 election ballot.[1]

1977

See also: Washington 1977 ballot measures

(Supporters of Referenda 37 and 38 did not submit signatures to qualify their measures for the ballot.)[1]

Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Referendum 39 Elections Changes in voter registration laws Defeatedd
VR Referendum 40 Admin of gov't Establish a state Women's Commission Defeatedd

1973

See also: Washington 1973 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Referendum 36 Alcohol Lower drinking age from 21 to 19 Defeatedd

1968

See also: Washington 1968 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Referendum 35 Business Regulation Real estate brokers prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, creed, color or national origin Approveda

1964

J&M Cafe and Cardroom
See also: Washington 1964 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Referendum 34 Gambling Regulation of Cardrooms and Bingo Defeatedd

1962

See also: Washington 1962 ballot measures

(Supporters of Referendum 31 submitted signatures, but these were found to be insufficient for ballot qualification.)[1]

Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Referendum 32 Business Regulation Declared to be for the protection of the health and welfare of the public, and for the purpose of maintaining stability and properity in the milk industry, and authorizing and providing procedures for the Director of Agriculture Defeatedd
VR Referendum 33 Public Finance Relating to auditing the accounts and financial affairs of cities and towns Defeatedd

1958

See also: Washington 1958 ballot measures

(Supporters of Referendum 29 did not submit signatures to qualify their measure for the ballot.)[1]

Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Referendum 30 Taxes Inheritance Tax on Insurance Proceeds Defeatedd

1950

See also: Washington 1950 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Referendum 28 Health Care Accident and health insurance covering employees eligible for unemployment compensation Defeatedd

1946

See also: Washington 1946 ballot measures

(Supporters of Referenda 26 and 27 did not submit signatures to qualify their measures for the ballot.)[1]

Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Referendum 26 Hunting Appointment of Game Commissioners Defeatedd
VR Referendum 27 Natural Resources State Timber Resources Board Defeatedd

1944

See also: Washington 1944 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Referendum 25 Utilities Public Utility Districts Defeatedd

1942

See also: Washington 1942 ballot measures

(Supporters of Referenda 19, 20 and 21 did not submit signatures to qualify their measures for the ballot.)[1]

Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Referendum 22 Business Regulation Industrial Insurance Approveda
VR Referendum 23 Judicial Reform Legal Advisor for Grand Juries Defeatedd
VR Referendum 24 Judicial Reform Prosecuting Attorneys Act Defeatedd

1934

See also: Washington 1934 ballot measures

(Supporters of Referendum 17 did not submit signatures to qualify their measure for the ballot.)[1]

Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Referendum 18 Energy Electric Energy for Cities and Town Approveda

1924

See also: Washington 1924 ballot measures
Shelves of butter substitutes
Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Referendum 16 Business Regulation Butter Substitutes Defeatedd

1922

See also: Washington 1922 ballot measures

(Supporters of Measures 11, 12A, 13A and 14A did not submit signatures to qualify their referenda for the ballot.)[1]

Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Referendum 12B Business Regulation Certificate of Necessity Act Defeatedd
VR Referendum 13B Education Physical Examination of School Children Defeatedd
VR Referendum 14B Elections and Campaigns Primary Nominations and Registration Defeatedd
VR Referendum 15 Elections Party Conventions Defeatedd

1918

See also: Washington 1918 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Referendum 10 Alcohol Bone Dry Act Approveda

1916

See also: Washington 1916 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Referendum 3 Direct democracy Initiative Laws Defeatedd
VR Referendum 4 Elections Recall of Elected Officer Defeatedd
VR Referendum 5 Elections Party Conventions Act Defeatedd
VR Referendum 6 Labor Anti-Picketing Act Defeatedd
VR Referendum 7 Admin of gov't Certificate of Necessity Act Defeatedd
VR Referendum 8 Transportation Port Commission Act Defeatedd
VR Referendum 9 State Budgets Budget System Act Defeatedd

1914

See also: Washington 1914 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Teacher Retirement, R-1 Education Retirement fund for teachers Defeatedd
VR Quincy Valley Irrigation, R-2 Admin of gov't Public irrigation system for Quincy Valley Defeatedd

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