Hearing on ballot initiatives coming

Published 12:01 am Tuesday, August 23, 2011

NATCHEZ — Natchez has been pegged as one of nine locations in which the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office will host a public hearing on three issues — eminent domain, voter identification and definition of personhood — that will appear on the November ballot.

A hearing at 5 p.m. Thursday at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in the Nelson Multipurpose Room will allow residents a chance to speak out on the issues.

One initiative would require voter ID at the polls in the state, another would prohibit state and local government from taking private property by eminent domain, and the last measure proposes to define life at “the moment of fertilization” in the state constitution.

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According to state law, the Secretary of State’s Office is required to host public hearings across the state for each of the initiatives on the upcoming general election ballot.