Elections | Initiatives


SPONSOR: Dale Schwindaman, P.O. Box 3439, Jackson, MS 39207; 601-948-0099

SUBJECT MATTER: Municipal Annexation

BALLOT TITLE: Should a majority vote be required before a municipality may annex territory?

BALLOT SUMMARY: This initiative would amend the Mississippi Constitution to require a majority vote of residents in a proposed annexation area before a municipality could annex. If the municipal population or size would increase by more than 5%, a majority vote of the municipality's voters would also be required. If more than 70% of the area's land was owned by non-residents, owners of more than half of the land parcels would also be required to consent.

ORIGINAL FILING: April 17, 1995

STATUS: Expired.


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).