RELEASE from Secretary of State office:

MAEP Petition makes the 2015 Ballot

Jackson— The MAEP Petition, or Initiative #42, obtained the sufficient number of signatures required to be placed on the 2015 General Election ballot. 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.

For the full language of Initiative #42, please click the following link:

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 # Signatures

Congressional District 1 24,264

Congressional District 2 24,673

Congressional District 3 22,824

Congressional District 4 22,281

Congressional District 5 22,528

Total 116,570