Initiatives and Referenda

What is an initiative?

An initiative is a petition to propose a new law and submit it to the voters or legislature for their approval or rejection. A local initiative proposes a county, municipal, or metro township law, and a statewide initiative proposes a state law.


What is a referendum?

A referendum is a petition to refer an existing law and submit it to the voters for their approval or rejection. A local referendum refers county, municipal, or metro township laws, and a statewide referendum refers a state law.


How do I conduct an initiative or referendum?

Click on the links below for more information on how to conduct a specific type of initiative or referendum:


How can I find more information about current statewide initiatives and referenda?

Currently, two initiative applications have been filed with the Utah Lieutenant Governor’s Office. Click on the links below for more information:


What are the current valid signature totals for statewide initiatives?

Initiatives must collect signatures from registered voters in Utah. Below are the number of valid signatures that have been verified by county clerks. Last updated August 12, 2019.

Senate District Required Signatures Clean the Air Carbon Tax Act Unite for Term Limits
1 2,39781 0
2 4,4101,055 0
3 3,442390 0
4 5,012683 0
5 2,87251 0
6 3,65291 0
7 3,93348 0
8 4,280321 0
9 4,575252 0
10 5,259141 0
11 4,626116 0
12 3,27254 0
13 5,01972 0
14 4,40796 0
15 3,64555 0
16 3,08085 0
17 4,20849 0
18 3,368154 0
19 3,846166 0
20 3,61498 0
21 3,895215 0
22 4,548392 0
23 4,352171 0
24 3,7396 0
25 3,801373 0
26 4,305170 0
27 3,95037 0
28 3,92711 0
29 4,41610 0
Statewide Total 115,8695,443 0
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