Redistricting
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Subject Matter:
Redistricting  (See Comments)

Original Filing:
See attached measure -

Proposed Ballot Title:
Should legislative districts be divided into single member districts with municipalities and counties divided to the minimum extent practicable?

Proposed Ballot Summary:
Initiative Measure No. 66 proposes to amend the Mississippi Constitution to require the apportionment of legislative districts to keep single member districts, to divide districts into substantially equal population, and to keep counties and municipalities, to the extent practicable, from being divided into separate districts.

Initiative Petition:
N/A

Sponsor:
Ms. Elaine M. Talbott
Address:
305 Pebble Creek Drive
Madison, Mississippi 39110


Status:
Active

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 beginning from the date the ballot title and ballot summary are finally established. 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 86,183 certified signatures must be gathered, with at least 17,237 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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