Elections | Initiatives - Constitutional Convention


SPONSOR: Carl Zimmerman, Route 5, Box 335B, Pontotoc, MS 38863

SUBJECT MATTER: Constitutional Convention

BALLOT TITLE: Shall a constitutional convention convene and the legislative department of government discontinue until an altered constitution is approved or rejected?

BALLOT SUMMARY: This measure would convene a constitutional convention; provide for the qualifications and election of delegates; suspend the legislative department of state government until an altered constitution is approved, or rejected three times; provide $23,640,492.00 from state and local government revenues to pay for this measure; reinstate the 1991-1992 state budget, appropriations and levies to operate state government during the period of legislative suspension; and provide elections every forty years to consider a constitutional convention.

ORIGINAL FILING: August 4, 1993

STATUS: Expired.

Initiative Information

The official ballot title and ballot summary for an initiative measure are prepared by the Mississippi Attorney General's Office. Initiative petitions are valid for one year. According to Mississippi law, for an initiative petition to be sufficient a minimum of 91,673 certified signatures must be gathered; with at least 18,355 certified signatures from each of the five congressional districts. The number of signatures required represents 12% of the total number of votes cast for Governor in the last gubernatorial general election. All signatures on the petition must be certified by county Circuit Clerks as those of registered Mississippi voters.

For more information on the initiative process in Mississippi, consult the Mississippi Constitution of 1890, Section 273; and Miss. Code Ann., Sections 23-17-1 through 23-17-61 (1972).