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11/5/20 - Election Post-mortem | Next Steps for New Flag | Book Club: Kiese Laymon

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The Secretary of State reflects on a monumental Election Day in Mississippi.Then, with a voter-approved design, we examine the next steps for the new state flag.Plus, in our Book Club, an award winning, highly praised Mississippi writer addresses growing up in Jackson in the book, "How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America.\Segment 1:Election commissioners across the state are continuing to count and certify the results from Tuesday's election. Officials say it is too early to estimate Mississippi's record breaking voter turnout in this year's general election, but current returns show over a million Mississippians cast ballots. Secretary of State Michael Watson tells our Kobee Vance, the momentum for the high turnout began with absentee ballots and continued throughout Election Day.Segment 2:A Mississippi flag store is working to keep up with orders after voters approved a new state flag. Nearly 72 percent of those who cast their ballots in Tuesday’s elections said yes to the new design. Brenda McIntyre is co-owner of A Complete Flag Source in Jackson. She tells our Desare Frazier her store has been selling the design since the commission selected it.The new flag replaces the 1894 flag that had the confederate battle emblem. Legislators retired the old flag in June as the U.S. was dealing with issues of racial injustice. Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann says the voter-approved design won't become official until the Legislature returns.Segment 3:Following the success of his memoir, “Heavy,” a Mississippi writer has updated and re-issued a book of essays published in 2013. Kiese Laymon’s “How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America” focuses on family, race, music and growing up in Jackson, Mississippi. See for privacy and opt-out information.