Will ballot initiatives sway turnout?

JACKSON (AP) — Most political observers have little doubt three ballot initiatives to amend the Mississippi Constitution will pass on Nov. 8, but there’s debate over whether they will drive higher voter turnout or give the GOP an advantage.

With elections drawing near, the initiatives don’t appear to have drawn the public fervor many expected a year or more ago during petition drives to get them on the ballot.

With court challenges cleared — at least for now — over two of the initiatives, voters will decide:

4 Personhood: Whether to define life as beginning at conception

4 Eminent domain: Whether to prevent government from taking someone’s private property and giving it to another for development

4 Voter ID: Whether to require a person to submit a government-issued photo ID to vote

AP
9/19/11