Ballot measure battles heat up - - Jackson, MS

Ballot measure battles heat up

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

With election day just a week away now, opponents and supporters of the various initiatives and propositions on the ballot are stepping up their campaigns.

Outside the State Capitol, representatives of the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation and others said eminent domain reform is needed now.

Farm Bureau president Randy Knight urged a "yes" vote on Initiative 31.

"We realize that eminent domain has a place for roads, school and highways, but do not believe it has a place to take your property and give it to someone else for economic development," Knight said.

Inside the State Capitol building, opponents of Initiative 26 and Proposition 27, the so-called personhood amendment initiative and voter ID proposition, stated their case why voters should vote no on both ballot measures.

The speakers included a mother named Fran Peacock with her baby girl, Avery, and Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance head, Bill Chandler.

"My doctor has said that Amendment 26 is both risky and dangerous to women's health," Peacock said.  "It will set women back in Mississippi by a hundred years or more. Avery would not be possible if it were not for fertility drugs that will be made illegal by Amendment 26."

"There've been no reported incidents of any kind of voter fraud based on a person voting at all in this state nor has the vast majority of states in the United States," Chandler said. "All this initiative is, is voter suppression to make it harder for people to vote."

The general election is November 8th.

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