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A guide to understanding the process of gathering signatures, certification process and other requirements.
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Amend the Mississippi Constitution to establish the 1894 flag as the one official State Flag for the State of Mississippi, and require that the flag be flown at the principal installations of all State supported institutions, State agencies and political subdivisions.
Mrs. DeBorah Simpson
Should the current State Flag be adopted by constitutional amendment?
Initiative Measure No. 62 proposes to amend the Mississippi Constitution to establish the 1894 flag as the one official State Flag for the State of Mississippi, and require that the flag be flown at the principal installations of all State supported institutions, State agencies and political subdivisions.
There shall only be one official State Flag for the one State of Mississippi. That flag shall only be the “1894” flag, adopted by referendum on April 17, 2001, and it shall be flown at the principal installations of all State supported institutions, State agencies and political subdivisions. Revenue Source required: None. The flag is already official and has been in use since 1894.
October 3, 2017
ALL forms must be certified and presented to the Mississippi Secretary of State's office on or before October 3, 2018
Due to time required to certify signatures and get the forms mailed to the Initiative Clearing house (listed on the back of the form) all forms should have arrived to the Clearing house no later than September 31, 2018
You can view the Initiative in its full wording and background by visiting the following page.
According to Mississippi law, for an initiative measure to be placed on the ballot, a minimum of 86,183 certified signatures must be gathered, with at least 17,237 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.
A signature that is verified by a County Circuit Clerk as belonging to a registered voter in Mississippi.
To have your signature certified you MUST use the exact address as shown on the voter rolls. If you registered at one address and then moved you will need to use the original address or update your record on the voter roll to reflect the new address before you sign the Initiative form.
You can contact your County Circuit Clerk and ask them or you can visit the following page and check your voter registration status.
You can get a voter registration form from your County Circuit Clerk's office. If you have a printer, we have you covered, click the button.
This Initiative will appear on the November ballot in 2019 where voters of Mississippi will decide if it passes and therefore enacting a constitutional ammendment.
The 1894 flag will still be the official State Flag however it will have no protection from Legislature or a public vote. Cities, Counties and Universities can continue disrespecting the will of the voter while still receiving State Funds.
By law, NO! Legislature can not prevent this Initiative from appearing on a ballot nor can they prevent it from becoming law. Legislature can however decide at the next Legislative session or any thereafter that it wants to strike down this amendment to the Mississippi Constitution. To do so 2/3 vote is required in both Legislative houses, something that is VERY uncommon.
Legsilature cannot alter the wording of this Initiative, however an "Alternative" can be offered by Legsilature.
An example would be Legislators deciding they agree with the Initiative only in regards to the Flag being the one state flag as chosen by voters on April 17, 2001 while leaving out all of the other text of the origianal Initiative.
When the Initiative appears on the Ballot, two options would be given:
1. Initaitive 62 (as proposed by the voters)
2. Initiative 62-A (as proposed by legislature)
Voters would decide first if an Initiative should pass: Vote Yes or No
If voting Yes, choose between
Option A (I-62, the citizens)
Option B (I-62A, the legislators)
Most votes between Yes and No decides if an Initiative will pass. Most votes between Option A and Option B will determine which version is victorious.
This is the only Initiative in circulation for or against the State Flag.