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Signature requirements for ballot measures in Utah

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This page details signature requirements for statewide ballot measures in Utah.
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Utah ballot measures come in several different varieties:

Signature requirements

The number of required signatures is tied to the number of votes cast in Utah for the office of President in the most recent Presidential election. Before 2011, the basis for signature requirements was the gubernatorial election. For directly initiated statutes and veto referendums, proponents must gather signatures equal to 10% of the total votes cast for President. For indirectly initiated statutes, proponents must get 5% of this vote. If the legislature chooses not to adopt the measure, proponents must collect another 5% to place the measure on the ballot.

Year Direct statute Indirect statute Round 1 Indirect statute Round 2 Veto referendum
2014 102,879 51,440 51,440 102,879
2012 97,119 48,559 48,559 97,119

DocumentIcon.jpg See law: Utah Code, Title 20A, Chapter 7, Section 201, Section 208 & Section 301

Basis of calculation

  • In the last presidential election (2012), a total of 1,017,440 votes were cast.[1]
  • In the presidential election of 2008, a total of 971,185 votes were cast.[2]

Geographic distribution

See also: Distribution requirement
  • For an indirect initiative, signatures must be collected from each of at least 26 of the 29 Utah State Senate districts equal to 5% of votes cast for governor in that district. This applies to each round of signature gathering.
  • For a direct initiated state statute, signatures must be collected from each of at least 26 of the 29 Utah State Senate districts equal to 10% of votes cast for governor in that district.[3]

Signature deadlines

2014

The deadline for submitting signatures for a direct initiative to qualify for the 2014 ballot in Utah is April 15, 2014.[4]

2012

The deadline for submitting signatures for a direct initiative to qualify for the 2012 ballot in Utah was April 15, 2012.[4]

2010

The deadline for submitting signatures for a direct initiative to qualify it for the November 2, 2010 ballot in Utah was April 15, 2010.[4]

See also

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