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 to 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?

There are two statewide initiative that has been filed with our office.

Utahns for Fair Elections Initiative (Filed 08.06.2021)

» View the initiative application and read the proposed law

» View the fiscal impact statement for the initiative

Secure Vote Utah (Filed 11.30.21)

View the initiative application and read the proposed law

View the fiscal impact statement for the initiative

View the public meeting notice


Local Initiative and Referendum Information

Salem City Referendum –

List of signers are posted on the city’s website (link)