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Washington Minimum Drinking Age Initiative (2010)

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The Washington Minimum Drinking Age Initiative, also known as I-1072, did not appear on the November 2, 2010 statewide ballot in the State of Washington as an Initiative to the People. The proposal called for lowering the minimum drinking age from 21 to 19.[1] According to state officials, no petitions were filed in an effort to qualify the measure for the ballot.

Text of measure


The ballot title read:[2]

Statement of Subject: Initiative Measure No. 1072 concerns drinking age laws.
Concise Description:This measure would authorize people to sell and provide alcoholic beverages to persons age nineteen and older, although persons under age twenty-one would still be prohibited from possessing, consuming, or purchasing alcoholic beverages.
Should this measure be enacted into law? Yes [ ] No [ ]


According to the description prepared by the Washington Secretary of State:

The laws prohibiting selling or providing “liquor” (alcohol, spirits, beer, and wine) to anyone under age twenty-one would be changed to prohibit selling or providing liquor to anyone under nineteen. The measure, however, does not change the laws preventing persons under twenty-one from possessing, consuming, and purchasing liquor, and public intoxication, although it modifies penalties for persons who purchase liquor under age twenty-one. The measure requires a public vote on the measure after ten years.

Path to the ballot

See also: Washington signature requirements

According to state officials, no petitions were filed in an effort to qualify the measure for the ballot. In order to qualify for the November ballot, supporters were required to submit a minimum of 241,153 valid signatures by July 2, 2010.

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