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New Mississippi State Flag on the Ballot this November, 2020

Posted by Melissa B. on 5th Oct 2020

Mississippi residents have an interesting option on the ballot this November, a state flag! Earlier this summer, the state  retired its flag, which featured a controversial Confederate emblem. The state government nominated a commission for the sole purpose of redesigning the historic Mississippi flag design.

In November, the winning design up for vote is "The New Magnolia," a white magnolia blossom surrounded by a circle of 20 stars. The stars represent Mississippi's status as the 20th U.S. state. The flower is fitting for the Southern state nicknamed the "Magnolia State." If voters reject the new design this November, the commission will have to go back to the drawing board.

"The New Magnolia" design was chosen over another finalist, "The Great River Flag," which featured a shield, and drew historical inspiration from Mississippi's 1798 Territorial Seal.

"Our flag should reflect the beauty and good in all of us. It should represent a state that deserves a positive image," Rocky Vaughan, the flag's designer, said in a statement. "The New Magnolia Flag represents the warmth and strength of the good people of Mississippi. Now is the time we show the world that we're from Mississippi, the Magnolia State."

What do you think about "The New Magnolia" flag design? Will you vote for it this November 2020?