Elections | Initiatives - 3 Statutory and Local Referendum


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

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).