Filing a Statutory Initiative

A statutory initiative seeks to create a new law or amend an existing state or local law. All statewide initiative petitions must be filed with the Secretary of State’s office prior to circulating.

Petition Requirements and Process

  • Pursuant to Article 19, Section 2(3) of the Nevada Constitution, statutory initiative petitions to appear before the 2019 Legislature may be filed on or after January 1, 2018.
  • To qualify for the ballot, petitioners must obtain the signatures of registered voters that equal at least ten percent (10%) of the voters who voted at the last preceding General Election. Only registered voters of the county and petition district where the petition is circulated may sign the petition.
  • If the petition is circulated in more than one county, all documents must be submitted to all counties at the same time.
  • The signatures must be gathered in each of the four Petition Districts.
  • The last preceding general election for all petitions submitted in 2018 is the 2016 General Election. Therefore, 112,544 valid signatures are required to qualify a petition submitted in 2018. Of the 112,544 signatures, 28,136 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 November 13, 2018.
  • Counties must certify petition sufficiency within 13 working days of submission.
  • Qualified statutory initiative petitions go to the Nevada Legislature prior to appearing on the ballot.  If the Legislature approves the initiative, it becomes law.  However, if the Legislature rejects the initiative or fails to take action on the initiative within 40 days, the initiative is presented to the voters at the next general election.


On or after January 1, 2018        Filing Date
November 6, 2018 General Election
November 13, 2018 Deadline to Submit Signatures to Counties for Verification
December 4, 2018 Counties to Certify Sufficiency to SOS