Constitutional Convention
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Subject Matter:
Constitutional Convention  (See Comments)

Original Filing:

Proposed Ballot Title:
Shall a constitutional convention convene and the legislative department of government discontinue until an altered constitution is approved or rejected?

Proposed Ballot Summary:
This measure would convene a constitutional convention; provide for the qualifications and election of delegates; suspend the legislative department of state government until an altered constitution is approved, or rejected three times; provide $23,640,492.00 from state and local government revenues to pay for this measure; reinstate the 1991-1992 state budget, appropriations and levies to operate state government during the period of legislative suspension; and provide elections every forty years to consider a constitutional convention.

Initiative Petition:

Carl Zimmerman
Route 5 Box 335B
Pontotoc MS 38863


Town Meeting Location:

Initiative Information:
The official ballot title and ballot summary for an initiative measure are prepared by the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office. Initiative measures are valid for one year. During this one-year period, a petition may be circulated to place the measure on the next statewide general election ballot to allow the voters of Mississippi to determine whether the measure should become a part of the Mississippi Constitution. According to Mississippi law, for an initiative measure to be placed on the ballot, a minimum of 106,190 certified signatures must be gathered, with at least 21,238 certified signatures from each of the five congressional districts as they existed in the year 2000. This required number of signatures represents twelve percent (12%) of the total number of votes cast for Governor in the last gubernatorial general election. Signatures must be certified by county circuit clerks as belonging to registered voters in Mississippi. A completed petition should be filed with Secretary of State, together with a filing fee of $500.00. For more information on the initiative process in Mississippi, consult the Mississippi Constitution of 1890, Section 273, and Mississippi Code Annotated §§ 23-17-1 through 23-17-61 (1972).

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