Election aftermath: Two out of three GOP-backed measures approved by Mississippi voters
By Al Ortiz
The long-awaited vote on three citizen-initiated constitutional amendments has come and gone, and voters approved two.
Initiative 26, perhaps the most controversial of the three proposals, which were dubbed a "GOP trifecta" by some reports out of the state, was narrowly defeated with 53% of voters rejecting it as of 11:00 p.m. EST. The amendment would have added language to the Mississippi Constitution that declared that life begins at "the moment of fertilization."
The state requires a 24-hour waiting period and counseling before all abortions and minors are required to have both parents' consent. The state has one abortion clinic.
The Associated Press categorized the measure as defeated with 1,454 out of 1,876 precincts reporting.
|IndICA||Initiative 26||Abortion||Defines human personhood as beginning at the moment of fertilization|
|IndICA||Initiative 27||Elections||Would require Voter ID at the polls|
|IndICA||Initiative 31||Eminent domain||Prohibit state & local government from taking private property by eminent domain.|