Mississippi to vote on Amendments to Constitution 2014



Mississippi Constitution Amendments 2014

November's ballot will have three constitutional amendments for voters to consider, the initiatives are the much debated

  1. voter identification card
  2. an amendment to define personhood at the time a child is conceived
  3. an amendment to restrict eminent domain in Mississippi.

Mississippi Constitutional Amendment on Voter Identification.

Voter identification is an initiative requiring all registered Mississippi voters to have a state issued photo identification card to present at polling places in an effort to make sure everyone who votes is who they say they are. Recommend yes to this Constitution amendment.

Drivers Licensees and other state issued identification can be used but people without state issued photo identification can get a free voter identification card."Even if you don't have a photo ID you will come to the polls and vote by affidavit ballots and people can challenge it, for example, 'That person lives in Tennessee,'" Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said. We don't want people to be intimidated or not come vote because they don't have an ID, they will be issued by the state for free. The intent is not to keep someone from voting, we just want to make sure they are who they say they are and citizens of Mississippi when they cast their ballot.

Mississippi Personhood Amendment

Mississippi Personhood is an initiative to define a person as a person from the time they are conceived. The initiative is a response to what some perceive as loosening abortion laws nationwide.  If this constitutional amendment passes, Mississippi will have one of the strongest pro life laws in the nation.

Mississippi Constitution Amendment Eminent Domain

The eminent domain initiative will restrict the ability of governments to seize private land for public use. "Gradually over the years, the definition of public purpose morphed into a conversation on economic purpose," Hosemann said. "In the supreme court, in a Connecticut lawsuit, held that a city could seize property and turn it over for a multi-use purpose and an economic purpose because that economic purpose was considered a public purpose with increased tax roles and jobs."

Eminent domain, which has traditionally been a means by which governments can seize land for roads and other public uses, has in recent years become a tool through which developers can obtain land if a government - with a court's approval - considers the business development good for the area's economy. The proposed amendment will restrict governments from selling the property for 10 years to deter public purpose being defined as an economic purpose.

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