Filing an Initiative
Initiative filing opens January 7, 2017. Filings will be processed within one business day.
As of June 22, 2017, at 5:00 p.m., the Attorney General’s Office will stop accepting 2017 initiatives to the people for ballot title preparation. Preparing ballot titles for initiatives submitted after this date would be a waste of public resources because the title would not become final until July 7, 2017, which is the last date for submitting signed petitions. Therefore, it will be impossible for a sponsor to gather sufficient signatures to submit the initiative petitions in time to meet the July 7, 2017 deadline. January 6, 2018 is the first day to file an initiative to the people in 2018.
Anyone interested in filing an initiative is encouraged to read the "Handbook for Filing Initiatives and Referenda in Washington State".
- Initiatives to the 2018 Legislature: March 8, 2017 – December 29, 2017
- Initiatives to the People: January 7, 2017 – July 7, 2017
When you are ready to file your initiative, click the link "File Online."
If you have any questions contact the Office of the Secretary of State, Elections Division.
To file a Referendum contact the Office of the Secretary of State, Elections Division.