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 is one 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