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
Voters in the state of Tennessee do not have the right to propose and enact laws through the ballot initiative process statewide. However, there are three cities that authorize qualified voters the right to introduce initiatives at the local level. Although most cities do not allow initiatives, Chattanooga, Jackson, and Knoxville do.
Check with the local government for specific details regarding the initiative process in your city.
If you’d like to file a ballot initiative in Tennessee, you can contact us to help.