Mississippi voters will have the opportunity to either vote in favor of or against Initiative Measure 42 and Alternative Measure 42A on the Nov. 3 general election ballot.

Hearings began Tuesday in Jackson on the two initiatives and the next one is set for Thursday at the Gale Center in Hernando. The room is reserved for the meeting from 4 until 8 p.m.

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said he and his staff will stay as long as anyone in the public has questions about the upcoming referendums on the ballot.

“Our agency wants to give as many Mississippians as possible the opportunity to attend one of the initiative hearings,” Hosemann said. “We have scheduled more hearings than required in geographically proportionate areas across the State to grant more access to our citizens to have a voice in the process,” added Hosemann. “This is true democracy in action. each side will be given the opportunity to voice his or her opinion on both Initiative Measure 42 and Alternative Measure 42A and the public will be given the opportunity to comment.”

The Mississippi Public School Support Amendments, Initiative 42 and Alternative 42 are on the November 3, 2015 ballot as indirect initiated constitutional amendments. The two amendments will appear on the ballot as competing measures, after the Mississippi Legislature placed Alternative 42 on the ballot.

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