Early Voting
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Subject Matter:
Early Voting  (See Comments)

Original Filing:
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Proposed Ballot Title:
Should the Mississippi Constitution be amended to require t least ten days, including Saturdays, of early voting before every election?

Proposed Ballot Summary:
Initiative Measure 78 would require no fewer than ten days of early voting, including two Saturdays, and additional early voting locations based on the number of registered voters. Early voting ballots shall be saved using a system that allows ballot to be recounted for election certification and audit. Early voting ballots shall be added to election day ballots and announced as one result. The initiative delegates regulatory authority to the Secretary of State.

Initiative Petition:

Rep. Hester Jackson-McCray
3420 Laurelwood Dr.
Horn Lake, MS 38637


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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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