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Wyoming's signature requirements for ballot initiatives are based on the number of total votes cast in the previous general election. Initiated state statutes are allowed; initiated constitutional amendments are not. There are geographic distribution requirements for signatures as well.

Federal offices

U.S. Senate and U.S. House

Major party candidates filing for U.S. Senate and U.S. House are required to submit a $200 filing fee. Minor party candidates are required to submit signatures equal to 2% of the total number of votes cast for the representative in Congress in the previous general election.[1][2]

Filing deadlines

2014

See also: Signature requirements and deadlines for 2014 U.S. Congress elections

In 2014, the filing period for partisan candidates planning to participate in the primary election is May 30, 2014. For independent candidates planning to participate in the general election, the filing deadline is August 25, 2014.[3]

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 on June 1 for major party candidates and August 20 for minor party candidates.[1][2]

The 2% of total votes cast for the representative in Congress that were required to file as a minor party candidate amounted to 3,740 signatures in 2012.[4]

State offices

State legislative

Major party candidates filing for State Senate and State House are required to submit a $25 filing fee. Minor party candidates are required to submit signatures equal to 2% of the total number of votes cast for the representative in congress in the previous General Election.[1][2]

State executive

Major party candidates filing for Governor are required to submit a $200 filing fee. Minor party candidates are required to submit signatures equal to 2% of the total number of votes cast for the representative in Congress in the previous general election.[1][2]

Filing deadlines

2014

See also: Signature requirements and deadlines for 2014 state government elections

In 2014, the filing period for partisan candidates planning to participate in the primary election is May 30, 2014. For independent candidates planning to participate in the general election, the filing deadline is August 25, 2014.[3]

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 on June 1 for major party candidates and August 20 for minor party candidates.[1][2]

The 2% of total votes cast for the representative in Congress that are required to file as a minor party candidate amount to 3,740 signatures in 2012.[4]

Ballot measures

Wyoming ballot measures come in different varieties. They are:

Signature requirements

Ballot initiatives

See also: Laws governing the initiative process in Wyoming

The signature requirement in Wyoming is based on the number of votes cast in the state's most recent general election--held every two years. However, in most I&R states, the number of signatures required is based on gubernatorial elections--almost always held every four years. As a result of Wyoming's atypical system, the number of signatures changes significantly every two years due to the fact that voter turnout for presidential elections is generally much higher than in mid-term elections.

More specifically, initiated state statutes and veto referendums require signatures equal to 15% of the total ballots cast in the previous general election. This is the highest signature requirement of any state, even considering requirements for initiating constitutional amendments. Citizen-initiated amendments are not allowed in Wyoming.

 Year  Votes cast in most recent general election Initiated statute Veto referendum
2014 250,701 37,606 37,606
2012 190,822 28,623 28,623
2010 256,035 38,406 38,406
2008 196,217 29,433 29,433
2006 245,789 36,899 36,899
2004 188,028 28,204 28,204

DocumentIcon.jpg See law: Wyoming Constitution, Article 3, Section 52(c)

Basis for calculation

  • In the 2010 general election, a total of 190,822 ballots were cast.[5]

Distribution requirement

See also: Distribution requirement

Recall

See also: Laws governing recall in Wyoming

In Wyoming, recall of elected officials is only available for elected officials of cities and towns that use the commission form of government. In those towns and cities, a recall election is triggered if signatures equaling 25% of all registered electors in the relevant city or town are gathered, submitted, and held to be sufficient by the clerk of the city or town. There is no rule governing how long or short a time is allowed to collect the required number of signatures.

Filing deadlines

2014

The filing deadline for initiatives was February 10, 2014 and 37,606 signatures were required.[3]

2012

The filing deadline to turn in signatures to qualify an initiated statute for the November 2012 ballot is February 13, 2012[6].

2010

The filing deadline to turn in signatures to qualify an initiated statute for the November 2010 ballot is February 8, 2010.

See also

External links

References