JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - Mississippi’s flag commission has narrowed down its list of designs to become the state’s new flag.
On Monday, the Mississippi Department of Archives & History (MDAH) announced the commission narrowed down thousands of submissions to 147 designs.
The commission’s nine members will next rank their top ten choices.
During the next meeting on Aug. 14, commissioners will select five flags for final consideration. These five flags will be placed on the MDAH website for public comment.
The commission will select a final flag to submit to the governor and the Legislature in early September.
Mississippi voters will either approve or vote against the flag in November.
If the flag is not approved, the commission will submit a new flag and the voting process will repeat until a flag is approved by voters.
In early July, state lawmakers officially removed Mississippi’s longtime state flag, which featured a Confederate battle emblem.