Filing an Initiative

Initiative filing opens January 7, 2017. Filings will be processed within one business day.  

Anyone interested in filing an initiative is encouraged to read the "Handbook for Filing Initiatives and Referenda in Washington State".

Filing deadlines

  • Initiatives to the 2017 Legislature: March 8, 2017 – December 29, 2017
  • Initiative to the People: January 7, 2017 – July 7, 2017

Requirements for filing an initiative:

  • Sponsor must be a registered voter
  • Create an online account (to file online)*
  • The complete text of the initiative in Word or RTF format
  • $5.00 filing fee (Visa or MasterCard accepted)
  • A signed Affidavit

*The person whose name is on the account will be listed as the main sponsor. Additional co-sponsors may be added.

When you are ready to file your initiative, click the link "File Online."

If you have any questions contact the Office of the Secretary of State, Elections Division.

File Online

To file a Referendum contact the Office of the Secretary of State, Elections Division.