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A guide to local ballot initiatives
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Some Rhode Island municipalities have an initiative and referendum process for local ballot measures.

This article sets out the laws governing local ballot measures in Rhode Island. It explains:

  • Which local units of government make the initiative process available to residents.
  • How and whether local units of government, including school districts, can refer local ballot measures (such as school bond propositions) to the ballot.
  • An overview of laws governing local recall elections.

Types of local government

Local government in Rhode Island consists of:

  • Town/Township: There are 31 townships in Rhode Island. All 31 operate under a charter. Rhode Island is only divided into counties for administrative purposes--there are no county governments. However, all areas of the state not incorporated as cities, are divided among the state's townships. Township governments do not differ in their authority from city governments.
  • Cities: There are eight city governments in Rhode Island. They are: Providence, Warwick, Cranston, Pawtucket, East Providence, Woonsocket, Newport, and Central Falls. All eight operate under a charter.[1]
  • In addition, there are 91 special districts and 4 independent school districts.[2]

School districts

See also: School bond and tax elections in Rhode Island

There are no school bond and tax elections in Rhode Island. Rhode Island is one of nine states which, along with the District of Columbia, do not hold school bond or tax elections. The local governments are responsible for providing buildings for public schools. This requires approval both locally and from the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education,which ensures that all buildings are compliant with Rhode Island's strict technology standards.

Local recall rules

Recall of local elected officials is permitted in some Rhode Island municipalities.[3]

For additional detail, see: Laws governing recall in Rhode Island

Initiative process availability

The initiative process is available in 11 of Rhode Island's 39 charter municipalities.[4]

Authority

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Rhode Island Constitution, Article XIII grants municipalities the power to create their own charters.

Initiative process features

There is no state prescribed initiative process either for ordinances or charter amendment.

Initiative process in the 8 cities

List of Most Populated Cities in Rhode Island
City[5] Population City Type Next election
Providence 178,053 Charter N/A
Warwick 82,361 Charter N/A
Cranston 80,392 Charter N/A
Pawtucket 71,153 Charter N/A
East Providence 47,039 Charter N/A
Woonsocket 41,188 Charter N/A
Newport 24,619 Charter N/A
Central Falls 19,379 Charter N/A

4 of the 8 cities in Rhode Island grant initiative for ordinances in their charter.


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