Open Primary Election Process
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Subject Matter:
Open Primary Election Process  (See Comments)

Original Filing:
See attached measure

Proposed Ballot Title:
Should the State adopt an open primary election process limited to Republican, Democrat, and Independent candidates?

Proposed Ballot Summary:
Initiative Measure No. 69 proposes to provide for an open primary election process. All primary ballots would include Republican, Democrat, and Independent candidates. The Republican, Democrat, and Independent candidates receiving the highest number of votes would advance to the General Election.

Initiative Petition:

Ms. Doll Swindle
P.O. Box 1312
Waynesboro, MS 32367


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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