Initiative & Referendum Institute

at the University of Southern California 


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Elections Division



Constitutional and Statutory Provisions



Tennessee does not provide either the initiative or referendum at the state level. At the local level, initiatives are allowed in Chattanooga, Jackson, and Knoxville. Occasionally, legislative measures appear on the ballot. Among the most controversial was a 2002 proposition by which the voters created a state lottery.

2013 Initiative & Referendum Institute

USC School of Law

Los Angeles CA 90089-0071