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
As a registered voter in the state of New York, you do not have the right to the ballot initiative process at a state or local level. However, initiatives for amendments are permitted in all city charters. That is to say, you may have the right to the initiative process at a local level.
New Rochelle, NY is one city that permits initiatives for ordinances in Section 29 Power of Initiative; found in the city charter.