Signature requirements for ballot measures in Idaho
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The number of signatures required is equal to 6% of the registered voters as of the last general election in each of at least 18 legislative districts; provided, however, the total number of signatures shall be equal to or greater than 6% of the qualified electors in the state at the time of the last general election.
Basis of calculation
For an initiated state statute or a veto referendum, signatures collected on petitions must be equal to six percent of qualified electors in the last general election. Thus, the signature requirements would depend on the numbers of registered voters listed below according to general election year.
Idaho does have a distribution requirement. It used to have a law requiring six percent of the signatures from each of 22 of Idaho's 44 counties. This rule was struck down in 2001 by a federal court in Idaho Coalition United for Bears v. Cenarrusa.
However, in 2013, the Idaho Legislature passed Idaho Senate Bill 1108, which added geographic distributions requirements for signature collection. The requirement is 6% of the qualified electors at the time of the last general election in each of at least 18 legislative districts, provided the total number of signatures is equal or greater than 6% of qualified electors in the state at the time of the last general election.
The signatures must be collected from only one county per petition. Regarding the petition format, the designation of legislative districts must be marked "for official use only."
- For recall, signatures equal to 20 percent of eligible voters in the last election for the office to be recalled, are required in signatures. The petition must be circulated within 75 days. Judicial officers cannot be recalled.
- See also: Petition drive deadlines, 2014
For initiated state statutes or veto referendums, the deadline to submit signatures is either 18 months after receiving an approved ballot title from the Secretary of State or May 1 of the election year, whichever is earlier. Signatures cannot be collected after April 30.
- Laws governing the initiative process in Idaho
- History of Initiative & Referendum in Idaho
- Ballot access requirements for political candidates in Idaho
- Signature requirements and deadlines for 2012 U.S. Congress elections
- Signature requirements and deadlines for 2012 state legislative elections
- Idaho Secretary of State, "Initiative and Constitutional Amendment Information"
- Idaho Secretary of State, "Election Laws of the State of Idaho 2011"
- Note: There is also a distribution requirement mandating signatures from 6% of registered voters in at least 18 of the state's legislative districts.
- Idaho Secretary of State website, "2014 General Election Results," accessed February 11, 2015
- Idaho Secretary of State website, "2012 General Election Results," accessed February 11, 2015
- Idaho Secretary of State, "2010 General Election Results"
- Citizens in Charge, "Distribution Requirements," accessed July 29, 2011 (timed out)
- National Conference of State Legislatures website, Idaho 2013 bills," accessed January 16, 2014
- NCSL, "Initiative and Referendum Legislation: 2013 Legislation," accessed January 6, 2014
- Idaho Secretary of State, "2014 Election Calendar," accessed December 26, 2013
- Idaho Secretary of State, "Initiative and Referendum for Ballot Status November 8, 2012"
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