Washington signature requirements

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Washington's signature requirements are based on the number of votes cast for the office of Governor of Washington in the state's most recent gubernatorial election.

Washington last held a gubernatorial election in 2008. 3,002,862 ballots were cast in that race.[1] The next time the state will hold a gubernatorial election is in 2012. Signature requirements for the 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 ballots will therefore be the same, and can be expected to change in 2013 based on the number of those who cast votes in the 2012 election.

In Washington, candidates filing for both federal and state offices are required to submit a filing fee that is fixed as 1% of the position's salary.

Federal offices

U.S. Senate and U.S. House

In 2012, candidates filing for U.S. Senate and U.S. House must submit a $1,740 filing fee.[2]

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 May 18.[3]

State offices

State executive

In 2012, candidates filing for Governor must submit a $1,668.91 filing fee.[2]

State legislative

In 2012, candidates filing for State Senate and State House must submit a $421.06 filing fee.[2]

Filing deadlines

2012

See also: Signature requirements and deadlines for 2011 state government elections

In 2012, the last day to circulate and file nomination petitions for candidates was 5:00 p.m. on May 18.[3]

Ballot measures

Washington ballot measures come in several different varieties:

Signature requirements

Current requirements

Washington's signature requirement is based on the total number of votes cast for the office of governor at the last regular gubernatorial election. Initiatives to the People require signatures equal to eight percent of the votes cast for the office of governor in the last election. Initiatives to the Legislature also require signatures equal to eight percent of the votes cast for the office of governor in the last election. Veto referendum petitions require signatures equal to four percent of the votes cast for the office of governor.

Year Initiative to the People Initiative to the Legislature Veto referendum
2014 246,372 246,372 123,186
2013 246,372 246,372 123,186
2012 240,229 240,229 120,114
2010 240,229 240,229 120,114
2009 240,229 240,229 120,114
2008 224,880 224,880 112,440

Basis for calculation

  • 3,002,862 ballots were cast in the last gubernatorial election (2008).[4]

Recall

  • To force a recall election, a number of signatures equalling 35% of the number of votes cast in the most recent election for the office held by the official facing recall must be collected.
  • However, for statewide officers, only 25% is needed to force a recall election.

Signature deadlines

2011

The filing period for initiatives began on January 10, 2011. The deadline to file an initiative in order to qualify on the Washington State ballot is July 6, 2011[5].

2010

The filing deadline for the November 2010 ballot for an Initiative to the Legislature was December 31, 2009.

2009

The filing deadline for the November 2009 ballot for an Initiative to the People was July 2, 2009.

See also

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