Washington Private Audits of Municipal Accounts, Referendum 33 (1962)

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A Washington Private Auditors of Municipal Accounts Act, Referendum 33 was on the November 6, 1962 ballot in the State of Washington as a veto referendum, where it succeeded in overturning an act of the Washington State Legislature.

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 275, Laws of 1961, pertaining to a Private Auditors of Municipal Accounts Act did not become law.

The rejected law would have permitted audits of municipal accounts by private auditors instead of by the state auditor.[1]

Election results

Referendum 33
Defeatedd No563,47569.94%
Yes 242,189 30.06%

Ballot summary

AN ACT, Relating to auditing the accounts and financial affairs of cities and towns; authorizing cities and towns to cause the official examination of their affairs to be conducted by private accountants instead of the state auditor; prescribing qualifications for, and the method of selecting, private accounts; and requiring the state auditor to prescribe and the attorney general to enforce minimum standards of accounting and reporting.

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