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How to Qualify an Initiative


The current initiative signature requirements are as follows:

Initiative Statute: 433,971
Constitutional Amendment: 694,354

Suggested deadlines to qualify initiatives for the 2008 Election Cycle.

Please contact the Secretary of State's Initiative Coordinator at (916) 657-2166 for more information.


Statewide Ballot Initiative Handbook

The Secretary of State has prepared this brief summary of the statewide initiative procedure as required by Elections Code Section 9015 to provide an understanding of the requirements for preparing and qualifying initiatives. This publication is for general information only and does not have the force and effect of law, regulation, or rule. In case of conflict, the law, regulation or rule will apply. Interested persons should obtain the most up-to-date information available because of possible changes in law or procedure since the publication of this summary. Please note: this guide is intended for statewide initiatives only, for information regarding the qualification of local initiatives, please contact your local elections official or city clerk.

Initiative Guide viewable in HTML format
Sample Petition viewable in PDF format (approximately 100 KB)

















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