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 initiatives 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

The sponsors for the Utahns for Fair Elections Initiative have withdrawn their application as of January 2022.


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

View the Secure the Vote Act Packet Signature Totals

The Secure the Vote Act submitted 5,782 verified signatures as of 5:00 p.m. on February 15, 2022. There were an additional 22,498 signatures turned in. However, given that the total number of signatures turned in was less than the 137,929 signatures required to qualify for the ballot, we hereby determine that the number of signatures gathered for the Secure the Vote Initiative is insufficient.

View the Lt. Governor’s determination of the Secure the Vote Initiative.


Local Initiative and Referendum Information

Bluffdale Referendum (2022 General Election)

List of signers can be found here.

Salem City Referendum

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

Garden City Referendum

List of signers can be found here.