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A referendum petition seeks to approve or disapprove an existing state or local law. All petitions must be filed with the Secretary of State’s office prior to circulating.

Referendum Requirements and Process

  • Pursuant to Article 19, Section 1(1) of the Nevada Constitution, petitions for referendum to appear on the 2014 General Election ballot may be filed on or after August 1, 2013.
  • To qualify for the ballot, petitioners must obtain the signatures of registered voters that equal at least ten percent (10%) of the number of voters who voted at the last preceding General Election. The signatures must be gathered in each of the four Petition Districts.
  • If the petition is circulated in more than one county, all documents must be submitted to all counties at the same time.
  • The last preceding general election for all petitions submitted in 2014 is the 2012 General Election. Therefore, 101,667 valid signatures are required to qualify a petition submitted in 2014. Of the 101,667 signatures, 25,417 must be collected in each of Petition Districts 1, 2, 3 and 4.
  • The last day for petitioners to submit signatures to the counties for verification is June 17, 2014.
  • All petitions for referenda must be returned to the Office of the Secretary of State not later than July 7, 2014, to appear on the 2014 General Election Ballot.
  • If voters approve the referendum, the law remains as it is. If voters disapprove the referendum, the law becomes void and of no effect.


On or after August 1, 2013         Filing Date
June 17, 2014 Deadline to Submit Signatures to Counties for Vertification
July 7, 2014 Deadline to Return Sufficient Petitions to the Secretary of State's Office
November 4, 2014 General Election

Last updated: 4/2/2014 4:39:22 PM