2002 Regular Session
By: Senator(s) Cuevas
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 23-15-191, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO CHANGE THE DATE OF THE FIRST PRIMARY ELECTION FROM THE FIRST TUESDAY AFTER THE FIRST MONDAY IN AUGUST TO THE FIRST TUESDAY AFTER THE FIRST MONDAY IN SEPTEMBER; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 23-15-191, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
23-15-191. The first primary shall be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of September preceding any regular or general election; and the second primary shall be held three (3) weeks thereafter. Any candidate who receives the highest popular vote cast for the office which he seeks in the first primary shall thereby become the nominee of the party for such office; provided also it be a majority of all the votes cast for that office. If no candidate receive such majority of popular votes in the first primary, then the two (2) candidates who receive the highest popular vote for such office shall have their names submitted as such candidates to a second primary, and the candidate who leads in such second primary shall be nominated to the office. When there is a tie in the first primary of those receiving next highest vote, these two (2) and the one (1) receiving the highest vote, none having received a majority, shall go into the second primary, and whoever leads in such second primary shall be entitled to the nomination.
SECTION 2. The Attorney General of the State of Mississippi shall submit this act, immediately upon approval by the Governor, or upon approval by the Legislature subsequent to a veto, to the Attorney General of the United States or to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in accordance with the provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended and extended.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after the date it is effectuated under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended and extended.