Washington Municipal Energy, Referendum 18 (1934)

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A Washington Electric Energy for Cities and Town Act, Referendum 18 was on the November 6, 1934 ballot in the State of Washington as a veto referendum, where it failed to overturn an act of the Washington State Legislature.

Election results

Referendum 18
Approveda Yes 221,590 58.03%

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 51, Laws of 1933, regarding electric energy for cities and towns, which had been enacted by the legislature was affirmed and became law.

Text on the Ballot

An Act authorizing cities and towns to use, sell and dispose of electric energy inside and outside their corporate limits to acquire, construct, own, control, operate and maintain lands, easements, franchises, distribution systems, sub-stations, inter-tie or transmission lines or other connections to enable it to use, purchase, sell and dispose of electric energy, inside or outside its corporate limits, with right to condemn certain classes of private power systems or parts thereof, franchises or other private property, and reserving to such cities and towns all powers under existing laws.

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