Initiative frequency of constitutional amendments related to time for signature collection

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This table shows the number of proposed constitutional amendments that have successfully made it onto statewide ballots through the citizen initiative process, versus the number of days that are allowed in those states in the petition circulation period.

The count of the number of citizen initiatives appearing on a state's ballot goes from the first time that an initiative appeared on that state's ballot, through the year 2000, except where noted. This chart does not include ballot measures that were legislatively referred to the ballot.

In the chart, the states are arranged so that the states with the least restrictive period appear first, and those with the most restrictive signature collection periods appear at the end.

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State # of initiatives on ballot* # of days allowed in signature collection period # of signatures required as % for a Constitutional amendment Comments
Arkansas 113 Unlimited 10% votes cast for Governor -
Ohio 65 Unlimited 10% of votes cast for Governor -
Florida 16 4 years 8% votes cast in last Presidential election -
Arizona 150 2 years 15% votes cast for Governor -
Illinois 1 2 years 8% of votes cast for Governor -
Oregon 318 2 years 8% of votes cast for Governor -
Missouri 68 18 months 8% of votes cast for Governor -
Mississippi 2 1 year 12% of votes cast for Governor -
Montana 65 1 year 10% of votes cast for Governor -
Nebraska 40 1 year 10% of registered voters -
North Dakota 166 1 year 4% of population -
South Dakota 48 1 year 10% of votes cast for Governor -
Nevada 39 10 months 10% of registered voters -
Colorado 178 6 months 5% votes cast for Secretary of State -
Michigan 60 180 days 10% of votes cast for Governor -
California 290 150 days 8% votes cast for Governor -
Oklahoma 83 90 days 15% of votes cast for Governor -
Massachusetts 60 64 days 3% of votes cast for Governor -
  • Counting from the first time that an initiative ever appeared on the state's ballot, through the year 2000.

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