Utah

Utah

You have a statutory Initiative & Referendum process. Citizens can pass laws they write or suspend a statute passed by the Legislature by collecting enough petition signatures to place the statute on the statewide ballot for a decision by the voters. Unfortunately, voters do not yet enjoy any process for passing a constitutional amendment by Initiative.

Poll:

See the results of a poll on support for statewide initiative & referendum here.

Grade: C-

Click here to view Utah’s individual report in Of the People, By the People, For the People: A 2010 Report Card on Statewide Voter Initiative Rights.

State Balloting Process

How you can change Utah’s government through ballot initiatives

History

Utah was the second state to win statewide initiative and referendum,
passing its amendment through the legislature in 1899 and ratifying it by
popular vote in 1900… Read More

Ballot Qualifications & Schedule

Date initiative language can be submitted: Anytime

Signatures are tied to vote of which office: Governor

Next Gubernatorial election: 2012

Votes Cast for Governor in last election: 946,525

Net number of signatures required: For direct initiatives statutes,
proponents must gather signatures equal to 10% of the total votes cast in
the last gubernatorial election (94,652 signatures), plus they must get 10%
of the vote cast in at least 20 of the 29 counties. For indirect initiatives
statutes, proponents must get 5% of the total votes cast in last
gubernatorial election (47,326) and 5% in at least 20 of 29 counties for the initiative
to be submitted to the legislature. If the legislature votes it down,
proponents can then go out and get the remaining 5% to qualify it for the
ballot. Utah has no provision for constitutional amendment initiatives.

Distribution requirement: For direct initiatives, proponents must gather 10%
of the vote cast in at least 20 of the 29 counties. For indirect initiatives,
proponents must gather 5% in at least 20 of 29 counties.

Circulation period: 1 year

Do circulators have to be residents: Yes

Date when signatures are filed for certification: Anytime

Signature verification process: Petitions are verified by the county clerks,
who will verify every signature.

Single-subject restriction: Utah has no single subject restrictions.

Legislative tampering: Initiatives that are approved by the voters treated
as regular statutes and may be amended or repealed by the Legislature
at any legislative session after the act or law has taken effect.

Excerpted from the Initiative & Referendum Almanac by M. Dane Waters.



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