Washington County Classifications for County Elections, Amendment to Article XI Sec. 5 (1924)

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State of Washington Constitutional Amendment 12 was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment to the Washington State Constitution. It was on the November 4, 1924 ballot in the State of Washington, where it was approved.

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Amendment 12
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 137,093 51.52%
No129,00348.48%

Amendment 12 amended Article XI, Section 5 of the Washington State Constitution.

It was the 12th amendment approved to the Washington State Constitution subsequent to its adoption in 1889.

Before Amendment 12

Before Amendment 12 passed in 1924, Section 5 of Article XI said:

"ELECTION AND COMPENSATION OF COUNTY OFFICERS -- The legislature by general and uniform laws shall provide for the election in the several counties of boards of county commissioners, sheriffs, county clerks, treasurers, prosecuting attorneys, and other county, township or precinct and district officers as public convenience may require, and shall prescribe their duties, and fix their terms of office. It shall regulate the compensation of all such officers, in proportion to their duties, and for that purpose may classify the counties by population. And it shall provide for the strict accountability of such officers for all fees which may be collected by them, and for all public moneys which may be paid to them, or officially come into their possession."

Amendment 12

When Amendment 12 was enacted, Section 5 of Article XI said:

"COUNTY GOVERNMENT -- The legislature, by general and uniform laws, shall provide for the election in the several counties of boards of county commissioners, sheriffs, county clerks, treasurers, prosecuting attorneys and other county, township or precinct and district officers, as public convenience may require, and shall prescribe their duties, and fix their terms of office: Provided, That the legislature may, by general laws, classify the counties by population and provide for the election in certain classes of counties certain officers who shall exercise the powers and perform the duties of two or more officers. It shall regulate the compensation of all such officers, in proportion to their duties, and for that purpose may classify the counties by population. And it shall provide for the strict accountability of such officers for all fees which may be collected by them and for all public moneys which may be paid to them, or officially come into their possession."

After Amendment 12

In 1972, Section 5 of Article XI was changed again, when Amendment 57 passed. Amendment 57 amended Section 5 to say:

"County Government. The legislature, by general and uniform laws, shall provide for the election in the several counties of boards of county commissioners, sheriffs, county clerks, treasurers, prosecuting attorneys and other county, township or precinct and district officers, as public convenience may require, and shall prescribe their duties, and fix their terms of office: Provided, That the legislature may, by general laws, classify the counties by population and provide for the election in certain classes of counties certain officers who shall exercise the powers and perform the duties of two or more officers. It shall regulate the compensation of all such officers, in proportion to their duties, and for that purpose may classify the counties by population: Provided, That it may delegate to the legislative authority of the counties the right to prescribe the salaries of its own members and the salaries of other county officers. And it shall provide for the strict accountability of such officers for all fees which may be collected by them and for all public moneys which may be paid to them, or officially come into their possession."

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