Signature requirements for ballot measures in Idaho

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This page details signature requirements for statewide 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.[1]

Year Statute Veto referendum
2016 47,623 47,623
2014 53,751 53,751
2012 47,432 47,432
2010 51,712 51,712
2008 45,893 45,893

DocumentIcon.jpg See law: Idaho Statutes, Title 34, Chapter 18, Section 34-1805 & SB 1108

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.

  • 2014: 793,709[2]
  • 2012: 896,234[3]
  • 2010: 790,531[4]

Distribution requirements

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.[5]

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.[6]

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."[7]

Recall

  • 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.

Signature deadlines

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.[8][9]

See also

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