Washington Prohibition of Butter Substitutes, Referendum 16 (1924)

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A Washington Butter Substitutes Act, Referendum 16 was on the November 4, 1924 ballot in the State of Washington as a veto referendum, where it succeeded in overturning an act of the Washington State Legislature.


Election results

Referendum 16
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No203,01654.56%
Yes 169,047 45.44%


A "yes" vote for a veto referendum is a vote in favor of the legislative act that those who collected signatures to force onto the ballot are hoping to overturn. A "no" vote is a vote against the legislative act that provoked the veto referendum.

In this case, Chapter 22, Laws of 1923, regarding butter substitutes, did not become law.

Text on the Ballot

An Act to prohibit the manufacture, sale or excahnge of any substitute for butter containing milk which contains any vegetable fat or any cendensed or evaporated milk containing any vegetable fat; also prohibiting the manufacture, sale or exchange of any butter substitute containing milk unless the milk therein be pure milk from which no butter fat has been removed, or any condensed or evaporated milk, or substitute therefore containing milk, unless the milk used therein be pure and unadulterated; and providing penalties.

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