MAEP amendment officially headed to next year's election

The Mississippi Adequate Education Program petition, or Initiative 42, obtained the sufficient number of signatures required to be placed on the 2015 General Election ballot, the Secretary of State's Office said in a release today.  Initiative 42 seeks to amend the State Constitution to require the full funding of education and grant the Chancery Court of Hinds County the power to enforce the full funding of education with appropriate injunctive relief, according to the release. 

Find the full language of Initiative 42 here.

The SOS office said petitioners were required to gather a minimum of 107,216 certified signatures, with at least 21,444 certified signatures from each of the five congressional districts as they existed in the year 2000.  The required number of signatures represents 12% of the total number of votes cast for Governor in the last gubernatorial election. 

The official count of signature certifications by the State of Mississippi for Initiative #42 is as follows:

District 1, 24,2654

District 2, 24,673

District 3, 22,824

District 4, 22,281

District 5, 22,528