Wyoming

Wyoming

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: F

Click here to view Wyoming’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 Wyoming’s government through ballot initiatives

History

Wyoming’s initiative and referendum pioneer was State Rep. L. C.
Tidball of Sheridan. In the early 1890s Tidball was one of the first state
legislators in the nation - possibly the very first - to introduce a bill to
amend a state constitution to provide for statewide I&R… Read More

Ballot Qualifications & Schedule

Date Initiative language can be submitted: Anytime

Signatures are tied to vote of which office: Number of votes cast in last
general election.

Next general election: 2010

Number of votes cast in last general election (2008): 256,035

Net number of signatures required: 15% of all votes cast in the last general
election (38,406)

Distribution Requirement: 15% of votes cast in at least 2/3 of the counties.

Circulation period: 18 Months

Do circulators have to be residents: Yes

Date when signatures are due for certification: One day prior to the
convening of the legislature.

Signature verification process: Wyoming has a statewide voter registration
process. The Secretary of State’s office verifies every signature to ensure
that they are registered voters. They do not match the signatures on the
petition to the actual signatures on the voter registration cards.

Single-subject restriction: Yes

Legislative tampering: The legislature can repeal or amend an initiative by
a majority vote at any time.

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