Colonel Reb Mascot
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Subject Matter:
Colonel Reb Mascot  (See Comments)

Original Filing:
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Proposed Ballot Title:
Should the Mississippi Constitution be amended to designate "Colonel Reb" as the official mascot of the University of Mississippi?

Proposed Ballot Summary:
Initiative #37 would amend the Mississippi Constitution to require "Colonel Reb", in his traditional costumed appearance, to be visible as an active mascot on the sidelines of University of Mississippi athletic events. "Colonel Reb" would be required to be included on every University of Mississippi logo, university athletic uniform and helmet, on every university internet page, on every university yearbook cover and title page, on every university letterhead, and on other specified university publications.

Initiative Petition:
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Mr. Arthur Randallson
P.O. Box 488
Southaven, MS 38671


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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 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. 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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