Elections | Initiatives


SPONSOR: Mike Crook, P.O. Box 2222, Madison, MS 39130


BALLOT TITLE: Shall public officials be limited to two successive terms, with certain judges and congressional representatives limited to three successive terms?

BALLOT SUMMARY: This measure would amend the state constitution to limit appointed and elected state and local officials and United States Senators to two successive terms. Circuit, chancery, county and family court judges and congressional representatives would be limited to three successive terms. Service prior to January 1, 1996 would not be counted when determining the number of successive terms served by congressional representatives and United States Senators.

ORIGINAL FILING: March 2, 1994

STATUS: Defeated by voters at November 7, 1995, General Election (54.3%-45.7%).

Initiative Information

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 Mississippi voters.

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).