Mississippi Supreme Court Tosses Entire Ballot Initiative System Because State Lost House Seat In 2020 Census

The Mississippi Free Press reports:

The Mississippi Supreme Court today killed the medical-marijuana program that 68% of Mississippi voters approved in 2020, and with it, the state’s entire ballot-initiative process. The ruling means that voter-driven efforts to adopt early voting and expand Medicaid in the state are also now dead.

The language of the law says that citizens collecting signatures to get an issue on the ballot must collect one-fifth of their signatures from each of the state’s five congressional districts. But because the state lost a congressional district after the 2000 Census, the Supreme Court says the process is now null and void.

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