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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

There are some important things you should know before filing a ballot initiative in Pennsylvania.

First, voters in the state of Pennsylvania do not have the power of initiative statewide. However, there are varying levels of local initiatives permitted through local government in Pennsylvania. For example, some include charter amendments in charter counties and charter cities. 

Below you will find two cities that currently permit ordinance initiatives for local ordinances and charter amendments.

The Pennsylvania constitution does not reference local initiative processes. That said, it’s best to check with your local government for the process in your city or town.

For assistance with filing a ballot initiative in Pennsylvania, contact Let the Voters Decide today.