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 December 11, 2019.

Senate District Required Signatures Clean the Air Carbon Tax Act Unite for Term Limits
1 2,397486 3
2 4,4104,232 10
3 3,4421,640 14
4 5,0123,026 10
5 2,872379 6
6 3,652561 10
7 3,933469 35
8 4,2801,595 89
9 4,5751,364 48
10 5,259780 13
11 4,626733 19
12 3,272348 0
13 5,019504 80
14 4,407578 143
15 3,645651 55
16 3,080992 33
17 4,208390 4
18 3,368609 3
19 3,846780 1
20 3,614439 2
21 3,895593 0
22 4,548940 1
23 4,352839 13
24 3,73989 6
25 3,8011,784 33
26 4,305916 6
27 3,950994 9
28 3,927196 97
29 4,416381 69
Statewide Total 115,86927,288 812
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