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Washington Port Districts, Referendum 8 (1916)

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A Washington Port Commission Act, Referendum 8 was on the November 7, 1916 ballot in the State of Washington as a veto referendum, where it succeeded in overturning an act of the Washington State Legislature.

Election results

Referendum 8
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No195,25381.18%
Yes 45,264 18.82%


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 46, Laws of 1915, regarding a Port Commission Act, did not become law.

Text on the Ballot

An act defining port districts of the first class, providing a method for the government thereof, limiting the powers thereof, defining the powers and duties of the officers thereof, enacting certain other provisions relating thereto and amending chapter 92 of the Laws of 1911, being an act entitled 'An act authorizing the establishment of port districts; providing for the acquirement, construction, maintenance, operation, development and regulation of a system of harbor improvements and rail and water transfer and terminal facilities within such districts, and providing the method of payment therefore,' approved March 14, 1911, and heretofore amended and now in force, by adding thereto certain sections to be known respectively as section 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23.

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