November’s general election ballot has been certified and all eyes will be on a heated presidential contest, a controversial flag vote and a nail bitting senate race.
A possibly confusing medical marijuana measure will also appear on the ballot for Mississippi voters.
All local races are unopposed allowing the incumbents to move back into their positions.
Those include five election commissioners and one county school board seat. Bobby McDaniel (District 1), John Peebles (District 2), Kim Ratliff (District 3), Keith “Dude” Conaway (District 4) and Wendell Dixon (District 5) are the unopposed election commissioners, while Judd Chapman (District 5) was unopposed in the Alcorn School District Board of Education post.
President Donald Trump will face off against Democrat candidate Joe Biden on a crowded POTUS ticket that includes rapper Kayne West.
Statewide voters will see Democrat Mike Espy face Republican incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith and one other candidate for one of Mississippi’s two U.S. Senate slots.
Republican U.S. Rep. Trent Kelly has a challenger in Democrat Antonia Eliason for the 1st Congressional District, while Josiah Dennis Coleman and Percy Lynchard face one another for the Northern District 3 supreme court justice post.
The state flag referendum will ask voters to vote “yes” or “no” on a design selected a Mississippi Department of Archives and History commission.
The design features a white magnolia on a dark blue banner with red and gold bars on each side, 20 smaller stars, one larger star representing Native Americans and the words “In God We Trust.” Gone is the Confederate battle emblem that has been a mainstay on the state flag for decades.
Mississippians will also be faced with several votes concerning medical marijuana.
A “yes” vote on Initiative 65 would allow qualified patients with debilitating medical conditions, certified by physicians, to use medical marijuana. The ballot includes a first year estimated program startup of around $11 million with an anticipated revenue of $13 million.
Alternative 65A will appear on the ballot as well. It’s a legislative-backed measure with little explanation other than to establish a program to allow the medical use of marijuana products by qualified persons with debilitating medical conditions.
Voters will be asked to vote for approval of either measure or against both and then to vote for one of the two.
Election Day is Nov. 3.