2018 Ballot Issues

Proposed 2018 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 following issues have been referred to the voters by 2017 Legislature and will appear on the November 6, 2018 general election ballot:

LR-128 (SB 85)
Subject: Referendum submitting a 6-mill levy for support of the Montana University System to voters.
Type: Legislative Referendum
Status: Legislature referred SB 85 to the 2018 general election ballot.


LR-129 (SB 352)
Subject: 
Referendum on prohibition of ballot collection by certain individuals.
Type: Legislative Referendum
Status: Legislature referred SB 352 to the 2018 general election ballot.

 

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 6, 2018, general election ballot that were submitted to the Secretary of State.

All Submitted Ballot Issues

Ballot Issue #1 I-183
Subject: Require a person using a locker room or protected facility in a government building or public school to use the facility that is designated for that person's sex.
Contact Person: Jeff Laszloffy
Sponsor: Jeff Laszloffy
Type: Statutory initiative
Received by SOS:  May 10, 2017
Status: Petition has been approved for signature gathering as of July 26, 2017. On September 28, 2017, Secretary of State issued revised petition form containing Attorney General's revised ballot statements.
Next Step: As of October 20, 2017, sponsor may submit signatures to county election offices.

Ballot Issue #2 
Subject: Require investor-owned utilities to supply incrementally higher percentages of their electricity from renewable energy sources, and establish a displaced fossil-fuel workers program and a fossil-fuel pensioner program.
Contact Person: Ken Crouch
Sponsor: Ken Crouch
Type: Statutory initiative
Received by SOS:  June 6, 2017
Status: Withdrawn by Sponsor.

Ballot Issue #3 
Subject: Require investor-owned utilities to supply incrementally higher percentages of their electricity from renewable energy sources, and establish a displaced fossil-fuel workers program and a fossil-fuel pensioner program.
Contact Person: Ken Crouch
Sponsor: Ken Crouch
Type: Statutory initiative
Received by SOS:  July 17, 2017
Status: Rejected by Secretary of State after review under 13-27-202(4), MCA.

Ballot Issue #4 
Subject: Require investor-owned utilities to supply incrementally higher percentages of their electricity from renewable energy sources, and establish a displaced fossil-fuel workers program and a fossil-fuel pensioner program.
Contact Person: Ken Crouch
Sponsor: Ken Crouch
Type: Statutory initiative
Received by SOS:  August 24, 2017
Status: Sponsor responded to Legislative Services Division's recommendations and submitted ballot issue for legal sufficiency review by Attorney General.
Next Step: Attorney General will review ballot issue text and issue a legal sufficiency opinion.

Qualified for Ballot

There are currently no ballot issues in this status.

Approved for Signature Gathering

Ballot Issue #1 I-183
Subject: Require a person using a locker room or protected facility in a government building or public school to use the facility that is designated for that person's sex.
Contact Person: Jeff Laszloffy
Sponsor: Jeff Laszloffy
Type: Statutory initiative
Received by SOS:  May 10, 2017
Status: Petition has been approved for signature gathering as of July 26, 2017. On September 28, 2017, Secretary of State issued revised petition form containing Attorney General's revised ballot statements.
Next Step: As of October 20, 2017, sponsor may submit signatures to county election offices.

Legal Sufficiency Review by Attorney General

Waiting for Sponsor Response

There are currently no ballot issues in this status.

Review by Legislative Services

There are currently no ballot issues in this status.

Withdrawn or Rejected

Ballot Issue #2 
Subject: Require investor-owned utilities to supply incrementally higher percentages of their electricity from renewable energy sources, and establish a displaced fossil-fuel workers program and a fossil-fuel pensioner program.
Contact Person: Ken Crouch
Sponsor: Ken Crouch
Type: Statutory initiative
Received by SOS:  June 6, 2017
Status: Withdrawn by Sponsor.

Ballot Issue #3 
Subject: Require investor-owned utilities to supply incrementally higher percentages of their electricity from renewable energy sources, and establish a displaced fossil-fuel workers program and a fossil-fuel pensioner program.
Contact Person: Ken Crouch
Sponsor: Ken Crouch
Type: Statutory initiative
Received by SOS:  July 17, 2017
Status: Rejected by Secretary of State after review under 13-27-202(4), MCA.