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If there is an issue that you think should become a law, you don’t have to wait until your state legislature agrees with you. You can let the voters decide by filing a ballot initiative. Your direct action can qualify your measure to be on the ballot in the next statewide election.

Last updated on: December 20, 2020

This is a brief overview of the ballot initiative process in the state of Nevada. For further details regarding the initiative process please reference the Secretary of State’s website.

Nevada Constitution does authorize voters to participate in the ballot initiative process statewide. In other words, you may have the right to propose or enact laws through this process.

Getting Started in Nevada

Designate one or more persons as the point of contact or committee for your initiative. Submit your Notice of Intent to the Secretary of State. Most importantly, before circulating petitions you should complete the training provided by the Secretary of State’s office. 

Petitioning Requirements for Ballot Initiatives in Nevada

For specific dates regarding deadlines and filing reference the “Filing a Consitiational Initiative” page on the Secretary of State’s website. There you will find all the dates as it pertains to the current year. 

To get the initiative on the ballot, you will need a specific number of signatures. The number must equal or exceed ten percent of the votes cast in the most recent General Election. Above all, signatures must be from qualified voters that reside in the county and petition district where petition circulation is taking place. 


Lastly, submit signatures to the county and, if certified, then it will appear on the ballot. The final step comes down to the voters. They have to pass the initiative in two consecutive general elections. Then, the state adds the initiative to the Nevada Constitution.

To file an initiative in Nevada, get in contact with us.