Initiatives, Referenda, & Charter Amendments Guides

Would you like information about filing a petition to put an initiative, referendum, or City Charter Amendment on the ballot?

See our guides:


These guides are for informational and guidance purposes only.

They are not intended to provide legal advice.

The Office of the City Clerk does not, and cannot, advise on the overall petition process.

Petition coordinators and any persons seeking legal advice should consult with a private attorney.

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Find Recently-filed Initiatives, Referenda, and Charter Amendments

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After they are filed with the City Clerk’s Office, initiatives, referenda and proposed Charter amendments are added to a series of documents called City Clerk Files.

Search the City Clerk Files database to see initiatives, referenda, and related records filed with the City Clerk.

Explore the History of Citizen Initiatives, Referenda & Charter Amendments

See the Seattle Municipal Archives history of ballot initiatives for a comprehensive history of citizen initiatives, from the year 1910 up through the most recent initiative measures.

See the Archives’ “Quick Information” on the Seattle City Charter for a brief history of Seattle’s City Charter.

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Scheereen Dedman, City Clerk
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The Office of the City Clerk maintains the City's official records, provides support for the City Council, and manages the City's historical records through the Seattle Municipal Archives. The Clerk's Office provides information services to the public and to City staff.