Washington Establishment of a State Women's Commission, Referendum 40 (1977)

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A Washington Voter Registration By Mail Act, Referendum 40 was on the November 8, 1977 ballot in the State of Washington as a veto referendum, where it succeeded in overturning an act of the Washington State Legislature that would have established a state Women's Commission.

Election results

Referendum 40
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No664,96271.91%
Yes 259,761 28.09%

Text of measure

The question asked on the ballot was, "Shall a state Women's Commission be established by statute?"

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 288 of Laws of 1977 did not become law.

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