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Washington Legislative Vacancies, SJR 24 (1968)

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Amendments
State of Washington Constitutional Amendment 52 was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment to the Washington State Constitution. It was on the November 5, 1968 ballot in the State of Washington, where it was approved.

Amendment 52 amended Section 15 of Article II and Article XI, Section 6 of the Washington State Constitution. It was the 52nd amendment approved to the Washington State Constitution subsequent to its adoption in 1889.

Election results

Amendment 52
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 744,656 74.33%
No257,16825.67%

Constitutional changes

Amendment 52 added this language to Section 15 of Article II:

"VACANCIES IN LEGISLATURE AND IN PARTISAN COUNTY ELECTIVE OFFICE - Such vacancies as may occur in either house of the legislature or in any partisan county elective office shall be filled by appointment by the board of county commissioners of the county in which the vacancy occurs: Provided, That the person appointed to fill the vacancy must be from the same legislative district, county or county commissioner district and the same political party as the legislator or partisan county elective officer whose office has been vacated, and shall be one of three persons who shall be nominated by the county central committee of that party, and in case a majority of said county commissioners do not agree upon the appointment within sixty days after the vacancy occurs, the governor shall within thirty days thereafter, and from the list of nominees provided for herein, appoint a person who shall be from the same legislative district, county or county commissioner district and of the same political party as the legislator or partisan county elective officer whose office has been vacated, and the person so appointed shall hold office until his successor is elected at the next general election, and shall have qualified: Provided, That in case of a vacancy occurring in the office of joint senator, or joint representative, the vacancy shall be filled from a list of three nominees selected by the state central committee, by appointment by the joint action of the boards of county commissioners of the counties composing the joint senatorial or joint representative district, the person appointed to fill the vacancy must be from the same legislative district and of the same political party as the legislator whose office has been vacated, and in case a majority of said county commissioners do not agree upon the appointment within sixty days after the vacancy occurs, the governor shall within thirty days thereafter, and from the list of nominees provided for herein, appoint a person who shall be from the same legislative district and of the same political party as the legislator whose office has been vacated."

Amendment 52 amended the language in Section 6 of Article 9 to say:

"The board of county commissioners in each county shall fill all vacancies occurring in any township, precinct or road district office of such county by appointment, and officers thus appointed shall hold office till the next general election, and until their successors are elected and qualified."

Ballot question


Shall the State Constitution be amended to provide for filling vacancies in legislative or partisan county elective offices as follows: (1) the county commissioners of the county affected shall appoint a person from the same legislative, county or county commissionaer district and political party as the officer whose office has been vacated; (2) On failure of the county commissioners to so appoint within sixty days, the governor shall within thirty days appoint a person similarly qualified?

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