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Voters face confusion with Initiative 42 ballot

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Some Mississippi voters are facing confusion at the polls when trying to vote for Initiative 42. 

Some voters are saying they cannot vote against the Initiative because it does not give them a "no" option on the ballot, and forces them to vote for either Initiative 42 or Initiative 42 A. 

We are also hearing of reports of polling machines from the Thames precinct in Hattiesburg having to be reset because voters thought their machines were defective.

Here is how you vote for each initiative: 

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Initiative Measure No. 42 asks voters if they believe the "state be required to provide for the support of an adequate and efficient system of free public schools".

The ballot summary reads:

Initiative Measure #42 would protect each child’s fundamental right to educational opportunity through the 12th grade by amending Section 201 of the Mississippi Constitution to require that the State must provide and the legislature must fund an adequate and efficient system of free public schools. This initiative would also authorize the chancery courts of this State to enforce this section with appropriate injunctive relief.

If you want to vote FOR Initiative 42, you must vote twice. The first question the voter will be asked is if they want to amend the Constitution. If you want to change it, you will vote yes. The next question you will be asked is which initiative do you think is better. If you want to vote for Initiative 42, you would click the Initiative 42 option.

However, voters could also choose to amend the constitution and vote for the alternative, No. 42 A. 

Alternative Measure No. 42 A asks voters if they believe the Legislature should "provide for the establishment and support of effective free public schools without judicial enforcement".

The ballot measure reads: 

This constitutional amendment is proposed as a legislative alternative measure to Initiative Measure No. 42 and would require the Legislature to provide, by general law, for the establishment, maintenance and support of an effective system of free public schools.

If you want to vote AGAINST Initiative 42, you will still be asked two questions. The first question the voter will be asked is if they want to amend the Constitution. If you don't want to change it, you will vote no. The next question the voter will be asked is which initiative do you think is better?

This is where it can get confusing.

If the voter does not want to vote for Initiative 42, but does support Initiative 42 A, the voter would choose Initiative 42 A. 

However, if the voter does not want to choose between Initiative 42 or Initiative 42 A, the voter can leave the last question blank. 

If you don't vote for one part of the initiate, your vote will still be counted. 

If you are still having troubles with how to vote, voters can call the Secretary of State's office to file a report. 

For more information on Initiative 42, click here. 

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