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Washington Mandatory Death Penalty for Aggravated Murder, Initiative 316 (1975)

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The Washington Mandatory Death Penalty for Aggravated Murder Initiative, also known as Initiative 316, was on the November 4, 1975 ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the People, where it was approved. The measure mandated the death penalty for first degree aggravated murder.[1]

Election results

Washington Initiative 316 (1975)
Approveda Yes 662,535 69.10%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:[1]

Shall the death penalty be mandatory in the case of aggravated murder in the first degree?[2]

Path to the ballot

Initiative 316 was filed on May 26, 1975 by Representative Earl Tilly of Wenatchee. 134,290 signatures were submitted to qualify it for the ballot. The measure was placed on the ballot as provided for by the state constitution.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Office of the Secretary of State, "1975 Voters Pamphlet", accessed August 23, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  3. Washington Secretary of State, "Initiatives to the People", accessed August 23, 2013