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Colorado
Secretary of State
Wayne W. Williams

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Colorado Secretary of State logo - cube with a C in it

Colorado
Secretary of State
Wayne W. Williams

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Signature Requirement for Statewide Initiative Petitions

According to Article V, Section 1(2) of the Colorado Constitution, the number of signatures required for a statewide initiative petition is “at least five percent of the total number of votes cast for all candidates for the office of secretary of state at the previous general election”. Article V, Section 1(3) of the Colorado Constitution also requires the same number of signatures for a statewide referendum petition.

The total number of votes cast for all candidates for the office of secretary of state at the November 6, 2018 General Election was 2,492,635. As a result, the signature requirement for statewide initiative petitions and statewide referendum petitions for 2019 through 2022 is:

124,632*
(98,492 for 2015-2018)

*Initiatives that wish to make a change to the Colorado constitution must be signed by at least 2% of the total registered electors in each of the 35 Colorado state senate districts in addition to meeting the requirements outlined above (Article V, Section 1(4) of the Colorado constitution).

Revised December 5, 2018