In general, the initiative process works like this:
1. A citizen conceives an idea for a new Mississippi constitutional law and, in conjunction with the Attorney General, develops the written text of the constitutional law.
2. After registering the written initiative with the Secretary of State, the citizen gathers the required number of signatures of registered voters on petitions and has all signatures certified by each respective County’s Circuit Clerk.
3.Upon securing the required number of certified signatures, the initiative is referred to the Legislature and is thereafter placed on the ballot of the next statewide general election. If a sufficient number of voters approve the initiative, the initiative becomes Mississippi constitutional law.
Many so-called Republican conservatives support the Marketplace Fairness Act (internet sales tax).