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.
| Referendum 40|
|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.