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If there is an issue that you think should become a law, you don’t have to wait until your state legislature agrees with you. You can let the voters decide by filing a ballot initiative. Your direct action can qualify your measure to be on the ballot in the next statewide election.

Last updated on: December 9, 2020

The following is a brief overview of the initiative process in the state of Georgia. For more specific details regarding a city or county, please refer to local government websites.

State-Level Initiatives

Georgia does not allow for the initiative process at the state level. 

Local Initiatives

Although it does not allow initiatives at the state level, Georgia does allow the initiative process at the local level. Article IX of the Georgia Constitution gives initiative power at the local level through home rule. Home rule essentially gives authority to municipalities and counties to self-govern. 

Because of home rule in Georgia, each local government has the authority to determine the initiative process. To learn more about the specific requirements for your municipality or county, visit your local government’s website.