Initiatives

Mississippi’s Initiative Process

The Mississippi initiative law affords voters an avenue for addressing important constitutional issues which the State Legislature does not.

After registering the initiative with the Secretary of State’s Office, the official ballot title and summary are prepared by the Mississippi Attorney General. Initiatives are only valid for one year, during which time a petition must be circulated to gather signatures to place the measure on the next statewide General Election ballot. According to State law, for an initiative measure to be placed on the ballot, a minimum of 107,216 certified signatures must be gathered with at least 21,443 certified signatures from each of the five congressional districts as they existed in the year 2000. Signatures must be certified by county circuit clerks. A completed petition is filed with the Secretary of State’s Office, along with a $500 filing fee.

Not only must an initiative receive a majority of the total votes cast for that particular initiative, it must also receive more than 40% of the total votes cast in that election.

As always, if we may be of any assistance, we encourage you to contact our Elections Hotline at 1(800) 829-6786.

INITIAtiVES

Click on any of the links below for more information on that initiative.

1 - Constitutional Convention

2 - Reduce size of Legislature

3 - Statutory and Local Referendum

4 - Term Limits

5 - Board of Denturity

6 - Municipal Annexation

7 - Public Schools

8 - Board of Denturity

9 - Term Limits

10 - Punitive Damages

11 - Punitive Damages

12 - Gaming

13 - Gaming

14 - Punitive Damages

15 - Voter Identification

16 - Attorney's Fees

17 - Damages in civil actions

18 - Damages in civil actions

19 - Elections

20 - Gaming/Gambling

21 - State Flag

22 - "Ultimate Human Life Amendment"

23 - "Ultimate Human Life Amendment"

24 - Assisted Suicide and Abortion

25 - Cigarette Tax

26 - Definition of “person"

27 - Voter Identification

28 - Cigarette Tax

29 - Obeying Federal Directives

30 - Term Limits

31 - Eminent Domain

32 - Healthcare Plan

33 - Public Fund Recipients

34 - African-American Day/Women's Day

35 - Mississippi Citizen Act

37 - Colonel Reb Mascot

39 - African-American Day/Women's Day

40 - Mississippi Citizens Act

41 - Right to Life

​​​​42 - Public Schools Funding​