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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 20, 2020

Below you will find a brief overview of the ballot initiative process in the state of Kentucky. 

State-Level Ballot Initiatives in Kentucky

Kentucky does not currently allow the initiative process at the state level. To clarify, even registered voters do not have the right to the ballot initiative process. According to the Kentucky Revised Statute Section 83A.120, the state banned the initiative process.

Lexington-Fayette County

However, Lexington-Fayette County in Kentucky allows for the ballot initiative process on some level. 

According to Article 14 of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Charter, an amendment to the city charter can be made. Lastly, you would need to file the petition with a number of signatures equal to at least 10% of the voters in the previous mayoral election.

To file an initiative in Lexington-Fayette County, please refer to the local government or contact us for help.