A Washington Voter Registration By Mail Act, Referendum 39
was on the November 8, 1977 ballot
in the State of Washington
as a veto referendum
, where it succeeded in overturning
an act of the Washington State Legislature
that would have allowed voter registration by mail and absentee voting with one day's registration.
| Referendum 39|
|Yes|| 303,353|| 32.43%|
Text of measure
The question asked on the ballot was, "Shall certain changes be made in voter registration laws, including registration by mail and absentee voting on one day's registration?"
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 361 of Laws of 1977 did not become law.