Local Initiative Process

Humboldt County's county-level initiative process follows the same basic rules for qualifying a measure for a ballot at an upcoming election as the State of California does for its state-level initiative process.

What separates the two processes is that most county-level initiative drives are conducted by local voters who are not well-versed in election law nor heavily bankrolled. The Office of Elections seeks to make this process easier to navigate for potential initiative proponents and interested members of the community by offering access to information and resource materials.

What is the local Initiative process?

The initiative process is the means by which proponents create local ordinances with all the legal ramifications inherent therein.

NOTE: Proponents are responsible for the form and substance of initiatives. The Office of Elections cannot provide legal advice and strongly urges those interested in creating an initiative to seek competent legal counsel for guidance.