INITIATIVE MEASURE NO. 30
SPONSOR: Dr. Godfrey Garner, 304 Jackson St., Edwards, MS 39066
SUBJECT MATTER: Term Limits
BALLOT TITLE: Should public officials in Mississippi be limited to serving two successive terms?
BALLOT SUMMARY: Initiative #30 would amend the Mississippi Constitution to limit appointed and elected state and local officials, United States Representatives, and United States Senators to two successive terms. Service prior to January 1, 2011 would not be counted when determining the number of successive terms served by United States Representatives and United States Senators.
ORIGINAL FILING: June 3, 2009
Petition for Term Limits
The official ballot title and ballot summary for an initiative measure are prepared by the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office. Initiative measures are valid for one year. During this one-year period, a petition may be circulated to place the measure on the next statewide general election ballot to allow the voters of Mississippi to determine whether the measure should become a part of the Mississippi Constitution. According to Mississippi law, for an initiative measure to be placed on the ballot, a minimum of 89,285 certified signatures must be gathered, with at least 17,857 certified signatures from each of the five congressional districts as they existed in the year 2000. This required number of signatures represents twelve percent (12%) of the total number of votes cast for Governor in the last gubernatorial general election. Signatures must be certified by county circuit clerks as belonging to registered voters in Mississippi. A completed petition should be filed with Secretary of State, together with a filing fee of $500.00.
For more information on the initiative process in Mississippi, consult the Mississippi Constitution of 1890, Section 273, and Mississippi Code Annotated §§ 23-17-1 through 23-17-61 (1972).