Signature requirements for ballot measures in Washington
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Washington 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 Washington.
- 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 Washington 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.
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|
Basis for calculation
- 3,002,862 ballots were cast in the 2008 gubernatorial election.
- 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.
The deadline to file petitions supporting an initiative is July 3, 2014.
- Ballot access requirements for political candidates in Washington
- States where signature requirements are based on votes cast for governor
- List of Washington ballot measures
- Ballot access laws challenged in Washington
- Signature privacy challenged in Washington
- Laws governing the initiative process in Washington
- Filing Initiatives and Referenda in Washington State 2005 through 2008 from the Secretary of State
- Washington signature requirements collated by the Citizens in Charge Foundation
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