PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — Absentee ballots in at least one Mississippi county do not include a picture of the proposed new state flag with a magnolia, even though the flag picture is required.
Until the right type of ballot arrives in coastal Jackson County, the circuit clerk is posting a photo of the flag in each of the 12 booths that are set up for in-person absentee voting, the Sun Herald reported.
The county’s election commission chairman, Danny Glaskox, says the ballots are being printed in the capital city of Jackson, which is about 180 miles from Pascagoula. He said he hopes they will arrive by Monday.
Mississippi legislators voted in late June to retire the last state flag in the U.S. that included the Confederate battle emblem. The change was made under pressure amid widespread protests over the killing of Black people by police officers in the U.S.
Mississippi’s governor, lieutenant governor and House speaker appointed nine people to a commission to recommend a new flag, and that single proposal is on the Nov. 3 ballot for a yes-or-no vote. The design has a magnolia. As required by the law that retired the old flag, it includes the phrase, “In God We Trust.”
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