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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 2016 General Election ballot may be filed on or after January 1, 2014.
  • 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 2014 is the 2012 General Election. Therefore, 101,667 valid signatures are required to qualify a petition submitted in 2014. Of the 101,667 signatures, 25,417 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 11, 2014.
  • All sufficient Statutory Initiatives must be returned to the Office of the Secretary of State not later than January 2, 2015, to be transmitted to the 2015 Legislative Session for consideration prior to placement on the ballot in 2016.

IMPORTANT DATES

On or after January 1, 2014         Filing Date
November 4, 2014 General Election
November 11, 2014 Deadline to Submit Signatures to Counties for Verification
January 2, 2015 Deadline to Return Sufficient Petition to the Secretary of State's Office

Last updated: 4/2/2014 4:39:01 PM