From the Secretary of State’s “Make or Change State Law website“, as of today:
“The number of valid signatures required to qualify an initiative for the ballot is based on a percentage of the total votes cast for governor at the last election:
- For a constitutional initiative, 8 percent (116,284) of valid signatures is required.
- For a statutory initiative, 6 percent (87,213) of valid signatures is required.”
Link to the Secretary of State’s “Make or Change State Law: Statewide Initiatives, Referendums and Referrals” website.
If you’re like me, you’ve noticed how ill-informed most initiative signature gatherers are (however well-intentioned). They don’t know if the proposed measure is a statutory or a constitutional one and they have to dig and dig to find a copy of the actual measure. I don’t expect a lot, they are paid signature gatherers after all, not necessarily issue advocates. However, I do like to participate in the process and surely I should be able to get basic information about what may end up on the ballot.