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Subject Matter:
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Original Filing:

Proposed Ballot Title:
Should the Constitution require: voter identification; open primaries; state elections be held in 2006; and, restrictions on mailing absentee ballots?

Proposed Ballot Summary:
Passage of this initiative would amend the Mississippi Constitution to require: open party primary elections; that all voters present identification in order to vote; a doctor's affidavit that a voter is unable to come to the polls before an absentee ballot may be sent to the voter; and, that elections for state, district and county offices be held in November of 2006 and every fourth year thereafter.

Initiative Petition:

Nick Walters
PO Box 2599
Jackson MS 39207-2599


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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