Today, the Governor of Mississippi signed into law the new Mississippi flag: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-01-11/mississippi-governor-signing-law-for-flag-without-rebel-sign.
Wikipedia: Here’s the Wikipedia article – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mississippi_Flag.
There was an attempt to put the old flag on the ballot. So far, it’s nowhere near getting the votes need to place it on a ballot https://mississippitoday.org/2020/08/23/effort-to-put-old-flag-on-ballot-is-underway-but-organizers-must-navigate-a-long-maze/?. I have seen a handful of people pushing this, but given the requirements needed, it would be hard to meet the requirements to get it on the ballot. Not to mention getting enough voters to vote for it. In the November 3, 2020 election, I saw different results being given anywhere from almost 73% voting for the new flag. In early results some had the results at around 78% voting for the new flag.
What many people didn’t get is the economic cost of not changing the flag. There were several large corporations who would not hold conventions in Mississippi as long as the old flag flew. As tourism is one of Mississippi‘s biggest industries, that would cost the state a lot in lost revenue. Saw a few people claim it could be made up in other ways. They didn’t have a good plan on how to raise the money lost to tourism and some of the comments were foolish in the extreme. I am glad the voters decided to change the flag.
From the article:
In order for the flag proposal to make the ballot, the signatures of 106,196 registered voters must be obtained, or 12 percent of the total from the 2019 election for governor. The signatures must include 21,239 from each of the five congressional districts that existed in the 1990s.
If and when the initiative’s organizers begin that daunting task, they had better plan on doing extra work in the old 2nd Congressional District.
After all, that district has significantly fewer residents than the other four districts. But that does not matter. The state Constitution mandates the signatures be garnered equally from the districts as they existed in the early 1990s, when Mississippi voters went to the polls to enact the initiative process. Mississippi later lost a congressional district in the early 2000s because other states were growing faster.
The 2nd has 122,454 white adult residents compared to 219,985 African American adult residents, based on the 2010 Census. The other four districts average 312,020 white adults.
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