Statutory and Local Referendum
All Initiatives   
Sponsor:
Carl Zimmerman
Address:
Route 5 Box 335B
Pontotoc MS 38863


Subject Matter:
Statutory and Local Referendum  (See Comments)

Proposed Ballot Title:
Shall qualified electors be able to call a referendum to repeal enactments by the state or political subdivisions?

Proposed Ballot Summary:
This measure would amend the constitution to allow a referendum to repeal, in whole or part, enactments of the state or political subdivisions. Referendum petitions require signatures by one percent of the qualified electors at the last election in the state or affected political subdivision. The enactment is suspended pending the referendum at the next election. Costs for implementing this measure, and for circulating petitions, estimated to be $636,900, are also provided for.

Original Filing:
N/A

Initiative Petition:
N/A

Status:
Expired

Town Meeting Location:
N/A

Initiative Information:
The official ballot title and ballot summary for an initiative measure are prepared by the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office. Initiative measures are valid for one year. During this one-year period, a petition may be circulated to place the measure on the next statewide general election ballot to allow the voters of Mississippi to determine whether the measure should become a part of the Mississippi Constitution. According to Mississippi law, for an initiative measure to be placed on the ballot, a minimum of 89,285 certified signatures must be gathered, with at least 17,857 certified signatures from each of the five congressional districts as they existed in the year 2000. This required number of signatures represents twelve percent (12%) of the total number of votes cast for Governor in the last gubernatorial general election. Signatures must be certified by county circuit clerks as belonging to registered voters in Mississippi. A completed petition should be filed with Secretary of State, together with a filing fee of $500.00. For more information on the initiative process in Mississippi, consult the Mississippi Constitution of 1890, Section 273, and Mississippi Code Annotated §§ 23-17-1 through 23-17-61 (1972).

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