INITIATIVE MEASURE NO. 21
SPONSOR: J. Gregory Stewart, 1401 Main Street, P. O. Box 745, Tunica, Mississippi, 38676-0745
SUBJECT MATTER: State Flag
PROPOSED BALLOT TITLE: Should the State Flag adopted in 1894, and used continuously in this State since then, be the Official State Flag?
PROPOSED BALLOT SUMMARY: The Mississippi Constitution shall be amended to state: The State Flag of Mississippi is and shall be the flag adopted by the Legislature of 1894 and used continuously since then. Any proposed amendment or proposed changes to the State Flag of Mississippi shall conform to the provisions of Section 273 Amendment Process of the Mississippi Constitution of 1890, as amended, as proposed by the Legislature or by initiative of the people.
ORIGINAL FILING: August 24, 2000
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).