How Do Proposals Get on a Ballot?

New proposals get on the ballot by petition, whereby the proponents must get the signatures of the majority for the proposals to qualify, according to KCET. This involves getting paid circulators or employing volunteers to talk to people and convince them to sign the proposal. It is necessary to check the specific laws and requirements for ballot proposals in a particular state.

The legislative council of state drafts the proposals and assists the proponents in drafting language for the proposals. Alternatively, a person can seek legal help in drafting the proposal or can write it himself. The proponents submit the proposal to the Attorney General's office after the drafting stage. It is the responsibility of the office to create the official title and the summary of the proposal.

The proponents must format the proposals in a way required by law. They then get volunteers to convince the people to sign the petition. In California, the rule governing the stage of looking for signatures different depending on the proposal. Initiative statutes have 150 days to collect valid signatures that must be more than 5 percent of the last gubernatorial voter turnout. Referendums require the same number of signatures but have 90 days. Election officials confirm the validity of the signatures before approval.