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
So you want to file a ballot initiative in Rhode Island, but you’re not sure how.
Unfortunately, voters in the state of Rhode Island don’t have the power of initiative statewide just yet. However, there are some charter municipalities and cities that allow local initiatives.
Here’s a list of cities that currently allow ballot initiatives for both local ordinances and charter amendments:
- East Greenwich
- North Kingstown
- West Greenwich
Overall, it’s best to check with your local code or charters to learn the initiative rights in your city.
Finally, for help filing a ballot initiative for local ordinances or charter amendments in Rhode Island, contact us today.