You have no statewide Initiative & Referendum rights, but Knoxville, Nashville-Davidson County, Chattanooga and Shelby County (Memphis) have local Initiative rights.


See the results of a poll on support for statewide initiative & referendum here.


Click here to view Tennessee’s individual report in Of the People, By the People, For the People: A 2010 Report Card on Statewide Voter Initiative Rights.

State Balloting Process

How to bring the ballot initiative process to Tennessee


The Progressives and labor unions never won enactment of statewide
initiative and referendum rights, and had to settle for a 1913 law granting
such rights to residents of a few municipalities.

Ballot Qualifications & Schedule

There is currently no statewide initiative or referendum in Tennessee. Join Citizens in Charge Foundation and volunteer to help organize your state.