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Filing a Statutory Initiative

A statutory initiative seeks to create a new law or amend an existing state or local law. All petitions must be filed with the Secretary of State’s office prior to circulating.

Petition Requirements and Process

  • Pursuant to Article 19, Section 2(3) of the Nevada Constitution and NRS 295.015 and 295.009, statutory initiative petitions to appear on the 2018 General Election ballot may be filed on or after January 1, 2016.
  • To qualify for the ballot, petitioners must obtain the signatures of registered voters that equal at least ten percent (10%) of the voters who voted at the last preceding General Election. The signatures must be gathered in each of the four Petition Districts.
  • If the petition is circulated in more than one county, all documents must be submitted to all counties at the same time.
  • The last preceding general election for all petitions submitted in 2016 is the 2014 General Election. Therefore, 55,234 valid signatures are required to qualify a petition submitted in 2014. Of the 55,234 signatures, 13,809 must be collected in each of Petition Districts 1, 2, 3 and 4.
  • If the petition is circulated in more than one county, all documents must be submitted to all counties at the same time.
  • The last day for petitioners to submit signatures to the counties for verification is November 8, 2016.
  • All sufficient Statutory Initiatives must be returned to the Office of the Secretary of State not later than January 7, 2017, to be transmitted to the 2017 Legislative Session for consideration prior to placement on the ballot in 2018.

IMPORTANT DATES

On or after January 1, 2016         Filing Date
November 8, 2016 General Election
November 8, 2016 Deadline to Submit Signatures to Counties for Verification
January 7, 2017 Deadline to Return Sufficient Petition to the Secretary of State's Office

Last updated: 7/27/2015 1:42:20 PM