You have no statewide Initiative & Referendum rights, but 263 cities have Initiative rights.


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

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Click here to view Texas’ 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 Texas

Get Involved

To learn more, or to get involved in initiative & referendum in Texas, contact Art Bedford at Texans for Initiative & Referendum Rights. You can email Art here.


The movement was slow to catch on in Texas. By 1912 Congressman
(later U.S. Senator) Morris Shepard had declared himself in favor of I&R; in
1913 the legislature passed a bill allowing I&R as an option for home rule
cities and a state constitutional amendment providing for statewide I&R… Read More

Ballot Qualifications & Schedule

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