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Ballot Initiative Seeks to Keep Confederate Emblem on Mississippi Flag

flag of mississippiThe Associated Press reports that organizers of a new ballot initiative are seeking to keep the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag.

The initiative, known as Initiative 54, would keep the current design by actually writing it into the Mississippi constitution. Allegedly, the initiative states that its purpose is to recognize that the Mississippi state flag is and shall continue to be the flag adopted by the Legislature of 1894.

Should the flag proposal come to a statewide vote, November 2018 is most likely when voters will see it on the ballot.

According to reports, flag amendment sponsors want the title of the initiative to refer to the state’s current flag as the “1854 flag” in hopes that the specific title will help voters associate the flag with the design that bears the Confederate emblem. They claim that referring to the design as the “current flag” may cause confusion.

Initiative supporter Greg Stewart told the Associated Press that he fears legislators might elect to remove the Confederate emblem from the state flag before the initiative comes up for a vote, making the term “current flag” inaccurate.

“If you said ‘1854,’ then people would know what you’re talking about,” he told the Associated Press.

Stewart’s concern follows the announcement of a title written by the staff of Attorney General Jim Hood, which refers to the design as the “current flag.”

Going to a vote

After formulating a ballot title, sponsors of Initiative 54 will have one year to gather at least 107,216 signatures from Mississippi registered voters. Then, the Legislature will have the option of proposing an alternative plan concerning the same subject

The initiative could make it to the 2016 ballot if enough signatures are submitted 90 days before the legislative session.

HottyToddy.com staff report

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