Gov. Phil Bryant expressed support for placing a referendum on whether to change Mississippi’s embattled state flag on the 2016 presidential ballot.

He said voting during a presidential year would ensure a large turnout.

“The more people vote, the better off we will be,” said Bryant to members of the media after his speech Thursday at the Mississippi Coliseum at the annual Mississippi Economic Council’s Hobnob political speaking.

The Republican governor remained adamant that the flag, which contains the Confederate battle emblem as part of its design, should not be changed by the Legislature without a vote of the people.

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