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Mississippi Clarion Ledger

After months of waiting, the design formally known as the New Magnolia Flag — now called the In God We Trust Flag — was chosen on Wednesday to go before voters on the Nov. 3 ballot to be confirmed or rejected as Mississippi’s new state flag.

Residents were mostly positive about the design when it was chosen by the nine-member commission Wednesday morning.

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But some residents expressed concerns about the choice, largely surrounding the “In God We Trust” motto that had to be included in the flag’s design, according to the legislation passed in June.

Others preferred the second finalist, the Great River Flag, because they felt the symbolism was more appropriate for the state.

“The shield design was better. Neither is particularly nice,” resident Danielle Butler wrote on Facebook. “There were other ones submitted that looked better.”

During Wednesday’s meeting, the commission briefly entertained the idea of hosting an opinion poll that was limited strictly to registered voters in Mississippi in order to gauge how the general public felt about the flag. However, Katie Blount, the director of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, said she was informed by the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office that the design had to be finalized by Sept. 2 in order to be printed on absentee ballots.

Committee members then voted 8-1 to select the New Magnolia Flag design.

What comes next: Here’s a look at what’s coming up now that the choice is made

A motion was also passed during Wednesday’s meeting to make some small tweaks to the flag before it is printed on ballots. Voters will be able to decide whether the flag will become the official state flag of Mississippi on Nov. 3.

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