Montana: Secretary of State Linda McCulloch Tabulates 2014 Ballot Issue Signatures

Tue, Jul 22 2014 — Source: Beartooth NBC

Secretary of Secretary of State and Chief Elections Officer Linda McCulloch has completed tabulating petition signatures for the 2014 ballot issues, and says no citizen-proposed issue has qualified to appear on the November General Election ballot.  Two legislative referenda will appear on the ballot, as referred by the 2013 Montana Legislature.

“We haven’t had a general election without a citizen initiative on the ballot since 1972,” Secretary McCulloch said.  “That’s the same year voters approved the current Montana Constitution.”

Citizen-proposed ballot issues must meet the signature gathering requirements provided in state law before qualifying to appear on the general election ballot.  The requirements for a citizen initiative or referendum are 5% of the total number of qualified voters in Montana, including 5% of the voters in each of 34 legislative house districts.  Those requirements increase to 10% of the qualified voters, including 10% in each of 40 legislative house districts for constitutional amendments by initiative.

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