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Mississippi personhood amendment supporters seek signature deadline clarification

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February 2, 2010

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JACKSON, Mississippi: Personhood Mississippi - supporters of the Mississippi Life Begins at the Moment of Fertilization Initiative (2011) - filed a lawsuit today against Attorney General Jim Hood and Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. The lawsuit was filed in an attempt to clarify the state laws governing the initiative process, according to the group. Stephen Crampton, Personhood Mississippi attorney, said he believes that state law allows for a full year to gather signatures. However, according to a Mississippi Attorney General 1996 opinion signatures must be certified and turned in by the one year deadline. Crampton said that he wants the federal court to weigh in on the issue because signature verification by circuit clerks can take months and could potentially change the "signature deadline" for the group.[1][2]

Initiative supporters are required to collect 89,284 valid signatures by February 13, 2010.

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