Signature requirements for ballot measures in Washington

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

Signature requirements

Washington's signature requirement is based on the total number of votes cast for the office of governor at the last regular gubernatorial election. Initiatives to the People require signatures equal to eight percent of the votes cast for the office of governor in the last election. Initiatives to the Legislature also require signatures equal to eight percent of the votes cast for the office of governor in the last election. Veto referendum petitions require signatures equal to four percent of the votes cast for the office of governor.

Year Initiative to the People Initiative to the Legislature Veto referendum
2014 246,372 246,372 123,186
2013 246,372 246,372 123,186
2012 240,229 240,229 120,114
2010 240,229 240,229 120,114
2009 240,229 240,229 120,114
2008 224,880 224,880 112,440

Basis for calculation

  • 3,002,862 ballots were cast in the 2008 gubernatorial election.[1]

Recall

  • To force a recall election, a number of signatures equalling 35 percent of the number of votes cast in the most recent election for the office held by the official facing recall must be collected.
  • However, for statewide officers, only 25 percent is needed to force a recall election.

Signature deadlines

2014

The deadline to file petitions supporting an initiative is July 3, 2014.[2]

2011

The filing period for initiatives began on January 10, 2011. The deadline to file an initiative in order to qualify on the Washington state ballot was July 6, 2011.[3]

2010

The filing deadline for the November 2010 ballot for an Initiative to the Legislature was December 31, 2009.

2009

The filing deadline for the November 2009 ballot for an Initiative to the People was July 2, 2009.

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