The three-member Mississippi Election Commission will decide in September how much information will be available to voters when they go to the polls on Nov. 3 to decide whether to approve the citizen-sponsored Initiative 42, which is designed to enhance the state’s commitment to public education.

State law mandates that a 20-word ballot title and a fiscal analysis be on the ballot for citizen-sponsored initiatives.

Pamela Weaver, a spokeswoman for Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, said whether additional information is included on the ballot “will be determined at the Election Commission board meeting” in early September.

The Election Commission, consisting of Gov. Phil Bryant, Attorney General Jim Hood and Hosemann, will meet then to approve the ballot for the November general elections.

The issue of what will appear on the ballot has been spurred at least in part by members of the state Supreme Court. The state’s highest court recently heard oral arguments and ruled in a lawsuit challenging the 20-word ballot title for an alternative the Legislature will place on the ballot in direct opposition to the citizen-sponsored initiative. It marks the first time the Legislature has opted to place an alternative to an initiative on the ballot.


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