Washington Durational Residency Requirement, SJR 143 (1974)
The Washington Durational Residency Requirement Amendment, also known as Senate Joint Resolution 143, was on the November 5, 1974 ballot in Washington as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure established a thirty-day residency requirement to vote in a state, county, or precinct election. The measure amended Section 1 of Article VI of the Washington State Constitution.
|Washington SJR 143 (1974)|
Election results via: Washington Secretary of State
Text of measure
The language appeared on the ballot as:
|“||Shall a thirty-day durational residency requirement be established for voting by otherwise eligible citizens eighteen years of age or over?||”|
Path to the ballot
On March 21, 1972, the Supreme Court of the United States in Dunn v. Blumstein ruled that durational residency requirements in excess of thirty days violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution. Thus, the ruling invalidated Washington’s durational residency requirement. SJR 143 would have removed these ineffective provisions from the state constitution.
- State of Washington ballot measure election results
- State of Washington 1974 Voters Pamphlet & Local Voters Pamphlet
- Washington State Constitution
- Office of the Secretary of State, "1974 Voters Pamphlet," accessed August 23, 2013
- Washington State Legislature, "Washington State Constitution," accessed August 23, 2013
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Justica, “Dunn v. Blumstein 405 U.S. 330 (1972)”, accessed on August 23, 2013
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