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Washington Recall of Elected Officials, Amendment to Article I Secs. 33-34 (1912)

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Amendment 8, a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment to the Washington State Constitution, was on the November 1912 ballot in the State of Washington, where it was approved.

Election results

Amendment 8
Approveda Yes 112,321 70.78%

Amendment 8 amended to Article I, Section 33 of the Washington Constitution. It was the 8th amendment approved to the Washington State Constitution subsequent to its adoption in 1889.

Section 33 says:

"Every elective public officer of the state of Washington expect [except] judges of courts of record is subject to recall and discharge by the legal voters of the state, or of the political subdivision of the state, from which he was elected whenever a petition demanding his recall, reciting that such officer has committed some act or acts of malfeasance or misfeasance while in office, or who has violated his oath of office, stating the matters complained of, signed by the percentages of the qualified electors thereof, hereinafter provided, the percentage required to be computed from the total number of votes cast for all candidates for his said office to which he was elected at the preceding election, is filed with the officer with whom a petition for nomination, or certificate for nomination, to such office must be filed under the laws of this state, and the same officer shall call a special election as provided by the general election laws of this state, and the result determined as therein provided."

Text on the Ballot

Proposed amendment to article one (1) of the Constitution, by adding thereto at the end of said article one (1) two new sections to be numbered sections 33 and 34 of said article one (1) authorizing and providing for the recall and discharge of any elective public officer and election of his successor.

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