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The number of signatures needed to pass a petition will depend on what type of petition it is and how it was set up at the beginning. There is no specific number as to how many signatures are needed for a petition to pass.

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It depends on so many different things. Where you live, What is the petition about. How much time do you have to collect the signatures you need etc.

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14y ago

I believe up to 35 but it may be 30 min.

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246,372 signatures are required.

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