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States where signature requirements are based on votes cast for governor

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Fifteen of the 24 states that allow ballot initiatives use the vote cast for governor in the most recent election to determine the number of signatures required on initiative petitions.

One state that allows only the veto referendum also uses the gubernatorial vote as a benchmark for determining the required number of signatures:

2010 gubernatorial elections

See also: Gubernatorial elections, 2010

Of the 16 states where the vote cast for governor in the most recent election is relevant for determining the number of signatures that will be required for initiative petitions or veto referenda, 12 held elections in 2010. Those states were:

Year-to-year comparisons

Legend:
No election this year
State Votes cast for governor
2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006
Arizona 1,728,081 1,156,609
Arkansas 781,333 759,918
California 10,158,139 8,679,416
Illinois 3,729,987 3,486,671
Maine 580,538 544,573
Maryland 1,857,885 1,651,259
Massachusetts 2,319,963 2,206,916
Michigan 3,226,088 3,796,449
Mississippi TBD 715,590
Missouri TBD 2,877,778
Montana TBD 486,734
Ohio 3,852,453 3,820,795
Oregon 1,453,548 1,283,262
South Dakota 317,083 335,527
Utah TBD 643,306 946,525
Washington TBD 3,002,862