Utah signature requirements

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Utah signature requirements are based on the total number of votes cast for President in the last general election. Before the passage of Utah Senate Bill 165 (2011) the requirement was based on the gubernatorial election. Constitutional amendments are not permitted through the initiative process in Utah.

The most recent gubernatorial election in Utah took place in 2008 and the next takes place in 2012. However, Utah's signature requirements will change for 2012 due a special election held in November 2010 for the Office of Governor.

Federal offices

U.S. Senate

Candidates must submit a $1,305 filing fee. Minor party candidates must submit a petition with the signatures of at least 1,000 registered Utah voters.[1]

To become a valid write-in candidate for a federal office, an individual must file a Declaration of Write-In Candidacy no later than 30 days before the regular general election.[1]

U.S. House

Candidates must submit a $1,305 filing fee. Minor party candidates must submit a petition with the signatures of at least 300 registered voters residing within the political division or at least 5% of the registered voters residing within a political division, whichever is less, when the nomination is for an office to be filled by the voters of any political division smaller than the state.[1]

To become a valid write-in candidate for a federal office, an individual must file a Declaration of Write-In Candidacy no later than 30 days before the regular general election.[1]

Filing deadlines

2012

See also: Signature requirements and deadlines for 2012 U.S. Congress elections

In 2012, the last day to circulate and file nomination petitions for candidates was 5:00 p.m. on March 15.[1]

State offices

State senate

Candidates are required to submit a $29.20 filing fee. Minor party candidates must submit a petition with the signatures of at least 300 registered voters residing within the political division or at least 5% of the registered voters residing within a political division, whichever is less.[2]

To become a valid write-in candidate for a state office, an individual must file a Declaration of Write-In Candidacy no later than 30 days before the regular general election.[2]

State house

Candidates are required to submit a $14.60 filing fee. Minor party candidates must submit a petition with the signatures of at least 300 registered voters residing within the political division or at least 5% of the registered voters residing within a political division, whichever is less.[2]

To become a valid write-in candidate for a state office, an individual must file a Declaration of Write-In Candidacy no later than 30 days before the regular general election.[2]

State executive

Candidates are required to submit a $536 filing fee. Minor party candidates must submit a petition with the signatures of at least 1,000 registered Utah voters.[2]

To become a valid write-in candidate for a state office, an individual must file a Declaration of Write-In Candidacy no later than 30 days before the regular general election.[2]

Filing deadlines

2012

See also: Signature requirements and deadlines for 2012 state government elections

In 2012, the last day to circulate and file nomination petitions for candidates was 5:00 p.m. on March 15.[2]

Ballot measures

Utah ballot measures come in several different varieties:

Signature requirements

Current requirements

The number of required signatures is tied to the number of votes cast in Utah for the office of President in the most recent Presidential election. Before 2011, the basis for signature requirements was the gubernatorial election. For directly initiated statutes and veto referendums, proponents must gather signatures equal to 10% of the total votes cast for President. For indirectly initiated statutes, proponents must get 5% of this vote. If the legislature chooses not to adopt the measure, proponents must collect another 5% to place the measure on the ballot.

Year Direct statute Indirect statute Round 1 Indirect statute Round 2 Veto referendum
2014 102,879 51,440 51,440 102,879
2012 97,119 48,559 48,559 97,119

DocumentIcon.jpg See law: Utah Code, Title 20A, Chapter 7, Section 201, Section 208 & Section 301

Basis of calculation

  • In the last presidential election (2008), a total of 971,185 votes were cast.[3]

Geographic distribution

See also: Distribution requirement
  • For an indirect initiative, signatures must be collected from each of at least 26 of the 29 Utah State Senate districts equal to 5% of votes cast for governor in that district. This applies to each round of signature gathering.
  • For a direct initiated state statute, signatures must be collected from each of at least 26 of the 29 Utah State Senate districts equal to 10% of votes cast for governor in that district.[4]

Signature deadlines

2012

The deadline for submitting signatures for a direct initiative to qualify for the 2012 ballot in Utah was April 15, 2012[5].

2010

The deadline for submitting signatures for a direct initiative to qualify it for the November 2, 2010 ballot in Utah was April 15, 2010[5].

See also

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