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Washington Privatization of Liquor Sales, Initiative 261 (1972)

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A Privatization of Liquor Sales, Initiative 261 ballot proposition was on the November 7, 1972 statewide ballot in the State of Washington as an Initiative to the People, where it was defeated.

Liquor, in the State of Washington, is sold in state-owned stores. I-261 would have ended the practice of these state-owned liquor stores.

Election results

Initiative 261
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No779,56855.11%
Yes 634,973 44.89%


Text of measure

The question asked on the ballot was, "An ACT repealing existing statutes relating to the establishment and operation of state liquor stores; extending the state sales tax to sales of intoxicating liquor at retail; providing for the licensing of retailers of liquor and for the registration of each brand or label of liquor to be sold; and prohibiting the state of Washington from reselling any liquor either at retail or wholesale."

Path to the ballot

I-261 was filed on January 10, 1972 by Warren B. McPherson and Robert B. Gould. 122,241 signatures were filed on July 7, 1972, qualifying it for the ballot.

Alcohol on the Washington ballot



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