Initiative, Referendum and Recall

Current Applications for the 2018 General Election

2018 Initiatives, Referenda & Recall Applications

Preparing an Initiative, Referendum or Recall

  1. Form a political committee through the Secretary of State's online system, or be prepared to designate an existing (non-candidate) political committee to act as the petition sponsor.
  2. File an Application for Serial Number with the Secretary of State’s Office.
  3. Acquire the appropriate initiative, referendum, or recall petition in-person from the Secretary of State's Office.
  4. Ensure any paid or out-of-state circulators have registered with the Secretary of State's Office.
  5. Circulate petitions and obtain signatures from eligible voters.
  6. Submit circulated petitions to the Secretary of State’s Office by the statutory deadline.
  7. The Secretary of State and various County Recorders will process the petitions and determine whether enough signatures were gathered to place the measure on the ballot.

Signature Requirements

Initiative Measures 150,642
Constitutional Amendments 225,963
Referendum Petitions 75,321