Election aftermath: Two out of three GOP-backed measures approved by Mississippi voters

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November 8, 2011


By Al Ortiz

JACKSON, Mississippi: Mississippi voters haven't had a chance to vote on citizen initaitives this century, until November 8.

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.[1]

Initiative 27, the voter identification measure, obtained 63% of voter approval, and the eminent domain measure, Initiative 31, saw 74% of state voters pulling the 'yes' lever.

Unofficial election results will be updated here. Final numbers will be reported by November 9, 2011.


Type Title Subject Description Result
IndICA Initiative 26 Abortion Defines human personhood as beginning at the moment of fertilization Defeatedd
IndICA Initiative 27 Elections Would require Voter ID at the polls Approveda
IndICA Initiative 31 Eminent domain Prohibit state & local government from taking private property by eminent domain. Approveda

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