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Proposed Amendments for the November 2022 Ballot

Four proposed amendments will appear on the November 8, 2022 ballot directly after the candidates for governor.

Amendments are presented as yes or no questions. A "yes" vote is a vote to amend the Constitution and adopt the proposed language in the amendment. A "no" vote is a vote not to amend the Constitution and keep the current language in the Constitution unchanged.

In order for an amendment to pass and become part of the Constitution, two things must happen:

  1. The amendment must get more "yes" votes than "no" votes; and
  2. The number of "yes" votes must be a majority of the votes cast in the gubernatorial election.

To determine the votes needed, all votes for all candidates for governor are added together. This number is divided by two or halved. The number of "yes" votes must exceed that number. If the number of "yes" votes exceeds the number, the Constitutional amendment passes and becomes part of the Constitution.

Click the resolution title to read the full text of each proposed amendment. The current language of each section can be found in the online edition of the Tennessee Blue Book. The Attorney General will provide summaries for each amendment to be placed on the ballot. For questions, please call 1-877-850-4959.

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 648 (111th) & SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 2 (112th)

A RESOLUTION to propose an amendment to Article XI, of the Constitution of Tennessee, relative to the right to work.

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 154 (111th) & SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 10 (112th)

A RESOLUTION proposing an amendment to Article II and Article III of the Constitution of Tennessee, relative to the exercise of the powers and duties of the Governor during disability.

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 159 (111th) & SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 80 (112th)

A RESOLUTION to propose an amendment to Article I, Section 33 of the Constitution of Tennessee, to prohibit slavery and involuntary servitude. 

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 178 (111th) & SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 55 (112th)

A RESOLUTION to propose an amendment to Article IX of the Constitution of Tennessee, relative to disqualifications.

Proposed Amendments for the November 2026 Ballot

Senate Joint Resolution 913 calling for an amendment to the Constitution was passed by a majority of both houses of the 112th General Assembly.

Before the proposed amendment may be submitted to a vote of the people, the amendment must be referred to and passed by two-thirds of the members of both houses of the 113th General Assembly.

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 913 (112th)

A RESOLUTION to propose an amendment to Article II, Section 31 of the Constitution of Tennessee, to allow the investment of state funds in equities.