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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

This is a brief overview of the ballot initiative process in the state of New Hampshire. For further details regarding the initiative powers, reference your town or city charters.

Ballot Initiative in New Hampshire

Firstly, different types of local initiative processes for charter amendments and ordinances are permitted throughout cities and towns in New Hampshire. 

Before filing you’ll want to check your local charter or petition guidelines to make sure you follow the necessary requirements. Then, you can file after reviewing the guidelines.

Lastly, here are some examples of cities who have initiative powers for qualified voters:

If you are interested in filing a local ballot initiative, you should first check with your local government. Then, you can contact us when you’re ready to begin.