INITIATIVE MEASURE NO. 3
SPONSOR: Carl Zimmerman, Route 5, Box 335B, Pontotoc, MS 38863
SUBJECT MATTER: Statutory and Local Referendum
BALLOT TITLE: Shall qualified electors be able to call a referendum to
repeal enactments by the state or political subdivisions?
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: August 12, 1993
The official ballot title and ballot summary for an initiative measure are
prepared by the Mississippi Attorney General's Office. Initiative petitions are
valid for one year. According to Mississippi law, for an initiative petition to
be sufficient a minimum of 91,673 certified signatures must be gathered; with at
least 18,355 certified signatures from each of the five congressional districts.
The number of signatures required represents 12% of the total number of votes
cast for Governor in the last gubernatorial general election. All signatures on
the petition must be certified by county Circuit Clerks as those of registered
For more information on the initiative process in Mississippi, consult the
Mississippi Constitution of 1890, Section 273; and Miss. Code Ann., Sections
23-17-1 through 23-17-61 (1972).