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: September 15, 2020
Thanks to statewide Initiative and Referendum rights, voters can create a ballot initiative in Utah.
Getting Started on your Ballot Initiative
The State of Utah suggests that you first start by determining the number of votes needed for the proposed initiative. The State of Utah may change the signature requirements, so be sure to check online before you start. Designate one person to be the main point of contact for your bill.
You should then file your Initiative applications in one of three ways. First, you may file in-person at the Lieutenant Governor’s Office. Second, you may file via mail. Finally, you may file via email. Use the guidelines to produce a written copy of the initiative that should be included.
Necessary Requirements in Utah
The state will provide the fiscal impact estimate to the sponsors upon approval of the initiative. Sponsors must then organize in-person hearings throughout seven regions and two different counties for a total of 9 hearings across the state.
Review the requirements and guidelines regarding these public hearings and take the necessary steps.
Petitions for Ballot Initiatives
The Lieutenant Governor’s Office will provide booklets to the initiative sponsors. You must use these booklets when collecting signatures and names of registered voters. For guidelines regarding the number of signatures needed and deadlines for your petitioning timeline visit Utah.Gov
Getting on the Ballot in Utah
Once the signatures are verified, the initiative will be given a title, a proposition number, and placed on the ballot for the next General Election.
For more detailed information regarding this process reference the Instructions for a Statewide Initiative.
When you’re ready to start the ballot initiative process in Utah, contact us.