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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: September 15, 2020

The state of South Carolina does not permit a statewide ballot initiative. However, the Code of Laws in South Carolina permits all registered voters in municipalities to propose and enact ordinances through the initiative process. 

You’ll need to file an initiative for a proposed ordinance to the city council. Petitions must include fifteen percent or more valid signatures of individuals registered for vote in the last general election. Petitions must also be certified by the municipal election commission. 

For more information on the local initiative process, check with your local government in your city or town.

If you decide to file a local ballot initiative in South Carolina, we are ready to help you. Contact us today for more information.