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This writing guide explains how to craft a "Path to the ballot" section for a local ballot measure article.

Path to the ballot

The "Path to the ballot" section of an article is created when the article is created and should be updated as needed.

Local measures qualify for the ballot via numerous methods. Methods vary by state and even by city, county and district. Additionally, some measures are placed on the ballot by city councils, county supervisors or school boards, while others are citizen initiatives or referendums, which require the collection of signatures.

The "Path to the ballot" section helps highlight these methods. Information that may be added in this section includes:

  • Whether the measure was proposed by a government council/board or by a group of citizens
  • In the case of referral, the council's vote total to refer the measure to the ballot
  • In the case of an initiative or referendum, the minimum number of petition signatures required to qualify for the ballot
  • The number of signatures submitted
  • The number of signatures verified
  • If the measure requires council approval in addition to a certain number of signatures
  • etc.

Since there are sometimes disagreements about the interpretation of law leading to varying opinions on whether or not a measure should be on the ballot, this section should contain references for all information added.


The "Path to the ballot" section will largely consist of text. Thus, the "installation code" for the "Path to the ballot" section is simple:

==Path to the ballot==
:: ''See also: [[Laws governing local ballot measures in STATE]]''



Below are examples of "Path to the ballot" sections for local ballot measure articles:

See article: Yakima County Home Rule Question (November 2011)

Path to the ballot

This measure was brought to the ballot by a petition effort by residents. In this case, 6,316 valid signatures were needed for the success of the petition; petitioners were able to obtain 6,418 valid signatures.[1]

See article: Longview City Red Light Camera Advisory Question (November 2011)

Path to the ballot

On June 20, supporters of the measure submitted an estimated 3,628 signatures. According to reports, a minimum of 2,830 were required. The county auditor, however, noted that they threw out nearly 1,400 signatures that were deemed invalid. As a result, the petition did not have enough valid signatures to gain approval for the ballot. The petitioners were given ten more days to collect the rest of the signatures.[2]

Petitioners submitted 1,800 additional signatures, 890 valid ones were needed to have the petition approved. Petitioners expressed confidence that they had acquired the needed signatures.[3]

Links to more examples

Below are links to the "Path to the ballot" sections of several other local ballot measure articles to serve as additional examples:

See also

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