Supporters of a constitutional amendment to guarantee “an adequate and efficient system of free public schools” in Mississippi have less than two weeks to turn in signatures if they want their referendum on the 2015 general election ballot.
State law says they must turn in at least 107,216 signatures of registered voters at least 90 days before the start of the 2015 Legislature to put the referendum on the ballot for the 2015 general election. Supporters must collect at least 21,443 from each of the state’s five former congressional districts as they existed in 2000 by Oct. 8 to meet their stated objective.
Backers with the Better Schools, Better Jobs political action committee say they’ve collected 183,000 signatures so far. Not all of those will get certified as registered voters, though. Some people sign petitions more than once, some signatures are illegible and some people don’t show up as registered.
Spokeswoman Patsy Brumfield said that county circuit clerks are, on average, approving nearly 69 percent of signatures that are turned in, which should put the group on track if the geographic split is even.