Signature requirements for ballot measures in Mississippi
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According to Mississippi law, the number of signatures collected to qualify an initiated constitutional amendment must be equal to at least 12 percent of the total number of votes cast for Governor in the last gubernatorial general election.
|Year||Initiated constitutional amendment|
Basis for calculation
Signature requirements in Mississippi are a function of how many votes were cast for Governor of Mississippi in the state's most recent gubernatorial election. The state also has a geographic distribution requirement.
- 744,039 votes were cast for governor in the 2007 gubernatorial election, and 12% of 744,039 is 89,285 signatures.
- The next gubernatorial election is in November of 2011. This will determine the signature requirement from 2012 to 2015.
- See also: Distribution requirement
According to Section 273, Paragraph (3) of the Mississippi Constitution, "The signatures of the qualified electors from any congressional district shall not exceed one-fifth (1/5) of the total number of signatures required to qualify an initiative petition for placement upon the ballot. If an initiative petition contains signatures from a single congressional district which exceed one-fifth (1/5) of the total number of required signatures, the excess number of signatures from that congressional district shall not be considered by the Secretary of State in determining whether the petition qualifies for placement on the ballot."
- From 2008 to the present, an initiative requires at least 17,857 signatures from each congressional district.
- See also: Petition drive deadlines, 2014
For a citizen initiated constitutional amendment to be placed on the 2014 ballot, petitions must be filed with the Secretary of State not less than ninety (90) days before the first day of the regular session of the Legislature at which it is to be submitted.
- Ballot access requirements for political candidates in Mississippi
- States where signature requirements are based on votes cast for governor
- Laws governing the initiative process in Mississippi
- Election result resources
- Voter guides
- State Blue Books
- Initiative Process in Mississippi, an overview from the Secretary of State
- Mississippi signature requirements collated by the Citizens in Charge Foundation
- Mississippi Elections Division
- Elections Calendar 2012
- Mississippi Candidate Qualifying Guide 2012
- Candidate Qualifications 2012
- Mississippi Secretary of State, "Mississippi's Initiative Process," accessed April 16, 2015
- 2007 Official Election Results
- Mississippi Secretary of State, "2014 Initiative Guide," accessed November 19, 2013
- Confirmed with MS Secretary of State via phone on January 25, 2011
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