Signature requirements for ballot measures in Utah
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Utah ballot measures come in several different varieties:
- legislatively-referred state statute - Appears on a state's ballot as a ballot measure because the state legislature in that state voted to put it before the voters.
- initiated state statute - Earns a spot on the ballot when sponsors collect signatures according to the laws governing the initiative process in Utah.
- legislatively-referred constitutional amendment - A constitutional amendment that appears on a state's ballot as a ballot measure because the state legislature in that state voted to put it before the voters.
- Veto referenda - When citizens of Utah disagree with a statute or legislative bill enacted by the state legislature, they can collect signatures to force the issue to a vote. If enough signatures are collected, the bill is placed on the statewide ballot.
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|
Basis of calculation
- In the last presidential election (2012), a total of 1,017,440 votes were cast.
- In the presidential election of 2008, a total of 971,185 votes were cast.
- 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.
- Ballot access requirements for political candidates in Utah
- Laws governing the initiative process in Utah
- List of Utah ballot measures
- States where signature requirements are based on votes cast for governor
- Utah Initiatives Currently in Circulation from the Lieutenant Governor of Utah
- Utah signature requirements
- Circulating an Initiative Petition (dead link) from the Lieutenant Governor of Utah
- NCSL signature chart for 2008
- The Initiatives and Referendums Process in Utah
- Utah signature requirements collated by the Citizens in Charge Foundation
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