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How much money did initiative sponsors spend per signature to qualify their initiatives in 2011? This article compares-and-contrasts signature-collection costs based on the CPRS, or Cost Per Required Signature.

When initiative sponsors collect and submit signatures, they aim to collect many more than the required minimum number of signatures. This is done in order to provide a sufficient cushion for those signatures that inevitably are disqualified. In most states, anywhere from 25-35% of submitted signatures are disqualified.

Some initiative sponsors collect a much larger cushion of extra signatures. If it were possible to know exactly how many signatures each initiative sponsor submitted in each state, it would be possible to calculate a "cost-per-actual-signature" figure for every 2011 initiative in every state, which would allow an apples-to-apples comparison. In some states, the figure of exactly how many signatures were submitted to election officials is made publicly available but in other states, that figure is not publicly available. This is especially true in states, such as California, where signatures are submitted to each of the state's 58 counties, rather than to one central election office.

This chart, therefore, compares signature-collection costs based on a figure that is publicly available, which is the legal minimum requirement of signatures in each state.

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Colorado

See also: Colorado signature requirements, Colorado 2011 ballot measures
Ballot measure Subject Signature collection company Cost Signatures required CPRS
Proposition 103

Maine

See also: Maine signature requirements, Maine 2011 ballot measures
Ballot measure Subject Signature collection company Cost Signatures required CPRS
Question 1
Question 2
Question 3

Mississippi

See also: Mississippi signature requirements, Mississippi 2011 ballot measures
Ballot measure Subject Signature collection company Cost Signatures required CPRS
Initiative 26
Initiative 27
Initiative 31

Ohio

See also: Ohio signature requirements, Ohio 2011 ballot measures
Ballot measure Subject Signature collection company Cost Signatures required CPRS
Issue 2
Issue 3

Washington

See also: Washington signature requirements, Washington 2011 ballot measures
Ballot measure Subject Signature collection company Cost Signatures required CPRS
Initiative 1125
Initiative 1163
Initiative 1183

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