2016 Ballot Issues

Proposed 2016 Ballot Issues

2016 Ballot Issues

A citizen proposed ballot issue can only appear on the federal general election ballot once the proposed language has fulfilled three requirements. First, the language must be submitted to Montana’s Legislative Services Division. Second, the Montana Attorney General must conduct a legal review. Finally, after the review process is complete, and the sponsor has been notified by the Secretary of State of the approval or rejection of the ballot issue, the sponsor must collect sufficient verified signatures from qualified voters in Montana. Propose a ballot issue »

Initiative or referendum for the ballot - Signatures must be obtained from 5 percent of the total number of qualified voters in Montana (based on the number of votes cast for the office of governor in the last general election), including 5 percent of the voters in each of 34 legislative house districts.

Constitutional amendment by initiative - Signatures must be obtained from 10 percent of the total number of qualified voters in Montana (based on the number of votes cast for the office of governor in the last general election), including 10 percent of the voters in each of 40 legislative house districts.

If you observe and have concerns about questionable signature gathering, you may file a complaint with the Secretary of State, who will forward each complaint to the appropriate county official. See signature gathering information »

The 2016 Voter Information Pamphlet (VIP) is available online at the following link: 2016 Voter Information Pamphlet.

Please Note: Ballot issue numbers listed below are assigned by the order in which they were received at the Office of the Montana Secretary of State. They do not reflect a ranking or how the initiative would be numbered if it were placed on the ballot.

The following are citizen proposals for statewide ballot initiatives for the November 8, 2016, general election that were submitted to the Secretary of State.

Qualified for Ballot

Ballot Issue #12 CI-116
Subject: Ensure that crime victims' rights and interests are respected and protected by law.
Contact Person: Charles Denowh
Sponsor: Charles Denowh
Type: Constitutional initiative 
Received by SOS: August 19, 2015
Status: Qualified for general election ballot as of May 6, 2016. APPROVED BY VOTERS. Decertified by Supreme Court, maco v. State, 2017 MT 267, 11/01/2017.
Signatures received and tallied by SOS: 56,054 of 48,349 total signatures needed; qualified in 53 of 40 legislative districts needed.


Ballot Issue #13 I-177
Subject: Prohibit the use of traps and snares for animals by the public on any public lands within Montana, with certain exceptions.
Contact Person: Brian Miller
Sponsor: Timothy Provow
Type: Statutory initiative 
Received by SOS: August 20, 2015
Status: Qualified for general election ballot as of June 30, 2016. REJECTED BY VOTERS.
Signatures received and tallied by SOS: 33,026 of 24,175 total signatures needed; qualified in 49 of 34 legislative districts needed.


Ballot Issue #23 I-181
Subject: Promote research into developing therapies and cures for brain diseases and injuries.
Contact Person: Randy Gray
Sponsor: Montanans for Research and Cures
Type: Statutory initiative 
Received by SOS: February 2, 2016
Status: Qualified for general election ballot as of July 14, 2016. REJECTED BY VOTERS.
Signatures received and tallied by SOS: 25,586 of 24,175 total signatures needed; qualified in 42 of 34 legislative districts needed.


Ballot Issue #24 I-182
Subject: Expand access to medical marijuana.
Contact Person: Kate Cholewa
Sponsor: Montanans Cannabis Industry Association
Type: Statutory initiative 
Received by SOS: February 29, 2016
Status: Qualified for general election ballot as of July 13, 2016. APPROVED BY VOTERS.
Signatures received and tallied by SOS: 27,550 of 24,175 total signatures needed; qualified in 51 of 34 legislative districts needed.