Repeals SB5599 because it: Let The People Vote
Bypasses the US
Constitution. Ballot Title
Statement of Subject: The legislature passed Senate Bill 5599
Nationalizes Elections concerning election of the President of the United States [and voters have
without National filed a sufficient referendum petition on this bill.
Standards. Concise Description: This bill would enter Washington into an
agreement to appoint presidential electors pledged to support the winner
Eliminates Washington of the national popular vote, if states possessing a majority of electoral
States Electoral Power. votes enact the agreement.
Should this bill be: ___ Approved ___ Rejected
Ballot Measure Summary:
The President is elected through “electoral college” votes cast by electors
appointed from each state. This bill enters Washington into an agreement To the Honorable Sam Reed, Secretary of State of the State of Washington:
under which each state enacting the agreement will appoint presidential We, the undersigned citizens and legal voters of the State of Washington,
electors who are pledged to support the candidate receiving the largest respectfully order and direct that Referendum Measure No. 70, filed to revoke a bill
that: “Concise Description: would enter Washington into an agreement to appoint
national popular vote, instead of the candidate receiving the most votes in
presidential electors pledged to support the winner of the national popular
that state. The agreement would take effect only if states holding at least a vote, if states possessing a majority of electoral votes enact the agreement.
majority of electoral votes enact it. Should this bill be: □ Approved or □ Rejected?”
SB5599 was passed by the 61 legislature of the State of Washington at the last
WARNING: regular session of said legislature, shall be referred to the people of the state for their
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Complete text of Referendum 70 of the elector slate nominated in that state in ARTICLE V - Definitions For purposes of this
AN ACT Relating to approving the entry of association with the national popular vote winner. agreement: "Chief executive" shall mean the
Washington into the agreement among the governor of a state of the United "Elector slate"
states to elect the president by national popular At least six days before the day fixed by law for shall mean a slate of candidates who have been
vote on the same terms and conditions as the meeting and voting by the presidential nominated in a state for the position of
entered into by the states of Hawaii, Illinois, electors, each member state shall make a final presidential elector in association with a
Maryland, and New Jersey; amending RCW determination of the number of popular votes presidential slate; "Chief election official" shall
29A.56.320;adding a new section to chapter cast in the state for each presidential slate and mean the state official or body that is authorized
29A.56 RCW; and creating a new section. shall communicate an official statement of such to certify the total number of popular votes for
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF determination within twenty-four hours to the each presidential slate;
THE STATE OF WASHINGTON: chief election official of each other member state.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. It is the intent of the The chief election official of each member state "Presidential elector" shall mean an elector for
legislature to enter into the agreement among shall treat as conclusive an official statement president and vice president of the United States;
the states to elect the president by national containing the number of popular votes in a state "Presidential elector certifying official" shall mean
popular vote. This agreement is a contract for each presidential slate made by the day the state official or body that is authorized to
between the member states. As a contract, this established by federal law for making a state's certify the appointment of the state's presidential
agreement is governed by the legal principles final determination conclusive as to the counting electors;
applicable to contracts. As with a contract, in of electoral votes by congress. "Presidential slate" shall mean a slate of two
order for this agreement to have the force of law In event of a tie for the national popular vote persons, the first of whom has been nominated
in a jurisdiction that wishes to enter into the winner, the presidential elector certifying official as a candidate for president of the United States
agreement, it must be accepted in precisely the of each member state shall certify the and the second of whom has been nominated as
same terms that constitute the offer. Any appointment of the elector slate nominated in a candidate for vice president of the United
material variance between the offer and association with the presidential slate receiving States, or any legal successors to such persons,
acceptance precludes the formation of a the largest number of popular votes within that regardless of whether both names appear on the
contract. Therefore, the agreement among the official's own state. If, for any reason, the number ballot presented to the voter in a particular state;
states to elect the president by national popular of presidential electors nominated in a member "State" shall mean a state of the United States
vote must be enacted by Washington under state in association with the national popular vote and the District of Columbia; and "Statewide
identical terms as contained in the agreement winner is less than or greater than that state's popular election" shall mean a general election in
and as enacted by Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, number of electoral votes, the presidential which votes are cast for presidential slates by
and New Jersey, subject to only nonmaterial candidate on the presidential slate that has individual voters and counted on a statewide
changes. been designated as the national popular vote basis.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 2. A new section is added winner shall have the power to nominate the Sec. 3. RCW 29A.56.320 and 2003 c 111 s 1425
to chapter 29A.56 RCW presidential electors for that state and that are each amended to read as follows:
to read as follows: state's presidential elector certifying official shall In the year in which a presidential election is held,
The agreement among the states to elect the certify the appointment of such nominees. each major political party and each minor political
president by national popular vote is hereby The chief election official of each member state party or independent candidate convention held
entered into and enacted into law with all shall immediately release to the public all vote under chapter 29A.20 RCW that nominates
jurisdictions legally joining therein, in the form counts or statements of votes as they are candidates for president and vice president of the
substantially as follows: determined or obtained. This article shall govern United States shall nominate presidential electors
ARTICLE I – Membership Any state of the the appointment of presidential electors in each for this state. The party or convention shall file
United States and the District of Columbia may member state in any year in which this with the secretary of state a certificate signed by
become a member of this agreement by agreement is, on July 20, in effect in states the presiding officer of the convention at which
enacting this agreement. cumulatively possessing a majority of the the presidential electors were chosen, listing the
ARTICLE II - Right of the People in Member electoral votes. names and addresses of the presidential electors.
States to Vote for President and Vice President ARTICLE IV - Other Provisions Each presidential elector shall execute and file
Each member state shall conduct a statewide This agreement shall take effect when states with the secretary of state a pledge that, as an
popular election for president and vice president cumulatively possessing a majority of the elector, he or she will vote for the candidates
of the United States. electoral votes have enacted this agreement in nominated by that party. The names of
ARTICLE III – Manner of Appointing Presidential substantially the same form and the enactments presidential electors shall not appear on the
Electors in Member States Prior to the time set by such states have taken effect in each state. ballots. The votes cast for candidates for
by law for the meeting and voting by the Any member state may withdraw from this president and vice president of each political
presidential electors, the chief election official of agreement, except that a withdrawal occurring party shall be counted for the candidates for
each member state shall determine the number six months or less before the end of a president's presidential electors of that political party;
of votes for each presidential slate in each state term shall not become effective until a president however, if the interstate compact entitled the
of the United States and in the District of or vice president shall have been qualified to "agreement among the states to elect the
Columbia in which votes have been cast in a serve the next term. The chief executive of each president by national popular vote," as set forth in
statewide popular election and shall add such member state shall promptly notify the chief section 2 of this act, governs the appointment of
votes together to produce a "national popular executive of all other states of when this the presidential electors for a presidential election
vote total" for each presidential slate. The chief agreement has been enacted and has taken as provided in clause 9 of Article III of that
election official of each member state shall effect in that official's state, when the state has compact, then the final appointment of
designate the presidential slate with the largest withdrawn from this agreement, and when this presidential electors for that presidential election
national popular vote total as the "national agreement takes effect generally. shall be in accordance with that compact.
popular vote winner. "The presidential elector This agreement shall terminate if the Electoral
certifying official of each member state shall College is abolished. If any provision of this
certify the appointment in that official's own state agreement is held invalid, the remaining --- END ---
provisions shall not be affected.
Thank You for supporting our right to vote as a State!!
Please collect as many signatures as you a can sign the back
of this petition and put it into an envelope then mail it to:
REF-70 --PO BOX 2563 Olympia, WA 98507
We have until July 20th to collect 120,577 valid signatures