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Filing an Initiative

As of December 20, 2019, at 5:00 p.m., the Attorney General’s Office will stop accepting initiatives to the 2020 legislature for ballot title preparation. Preparing ballot titles for initiatives to the legislature submitted after this date would be a waste of public resources because the title would not become final until January 3, 2020, which is the last date for submitting signed petitions. Therefore, it will be impossible for a sponsor to gather sufficient signatures to submit the initiative petitions in time to meet the January 3, 2020 deadline.

January 3, 2020 is the first day to file an initiative to the people.

See the Initiative & Referenda Handbook for more information.

Filing deadlines

  • Initiatives to the People: January 3, 2020 – July 2, 2020
  • Initiatives to the 2020 Legislature: March 11, 2020 – December 20, 2020

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

When you are ready to file your initiative, click the File Online button below. This takes you to the Initiative Filing Login page. You must login or create a sponsor account.

The next screen after logging in is the My Filings page:

File Online

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