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Signature requirements for ballot measures in Nevada

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This page details signature requirements for statewide ballot measures in Nevada.
List of measures

Proponents must collect signatures equal to 10% of the total votes cast in last general election. Nevada does not require a higher percentage for constitutional amendments than it requires for statutory initiatives, veto referendums, or statute affirmations.

Year Amendment Statute Veto referendum Statute affirmation
2014 101,666 101,666 101,666 101,666
2012 72,352 72,352 72,352 72,352
2010 97,002 97,002 97,002 97,002
2008 58,627 58,627 58,627 58,627

DocumentIcon.jpg See law: Nevada Constitution, Article 19, Sections 2 & 3

Basis for calculation

Geographic distribution

See also: Distribution requirements

Under Nevada's distribution requirement, proponents must collect signatures equal to 10% of the total votes cast in last general election in each of the state's congressional districts. Nevada's current rule developed in response to several legal challenges.

In 2006, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the state's "13 counties rule" was unconstitutional in ACLU v. Lomax. The rule required that initiative petitions be signed by a number of registered voters equal to 10% of the total votes cast in the preceding general election in each of 13 of Nevada's 17 counties. The court found that it was unconstitutional because it diluted the preferences of residents of densely populated counties.

In 2007, the Nevada State Legislature passed Nevada Senate Bill 549. SB 549 tweaked the previous distribution requirement by requiring these signatures from all of the state's 17 counties. The law did implement a formula to adjust the county requirement for county populations, but the formula only compensated for differences in the percentage of the population which voted--not for differences in population density or other factors. The American Civil Liberties Union challenged the new law in February of 2008 and succeeded in having the US District Court for Nevada overturn the law in Marijuana Policy Project v. Miller.

In 2009, the Nevada State Legislature passed Senate Bill 212. The law created the existing requirement, but gave it a sunset date of July 1, 2011. The bill required the Legislature to establish petition districts for use after that date. On July 13, 2011, the Governor of Nevada, Brian Sandoval (R), signed Senate Bill 133 which retained congressional districts as the basis of the distribution requirement.

DocumentIcon.jpg See law: Nevada Revised Statutes, Chapter 295, Section 069 ; Nevada Senate Bill 549 ; Nevada Senate Bill 212 & Nevada Senate Bill 133


  • To recall an elected official in Nevada, 25% of registered voters who lives in the district represented by the officeholder being recalled are required.
  • At the end of 2010, there are 1,139,406 voters that have an active registration on file with the Secretary of State[2].
  • In order to recall a statewide officer 284,852 signatures are required.

Signature deadlines


See also: Petition drive deadlines, 2014

The 2014 deadline to submit petitions for both initiatives and constitutional amendments for the November 2014 ballot is June 17, 2014.[3]



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