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Upcoming Election Dates & Registration Deadlines

Some elections in this list are local and do not apply for all Mississippi voters. Please click the “View all” button below to view all election dates in your state.

Next Election: General
Tuesday, November 5, 2024
General Election and Regular Special Election Day

Registration Deadlines

By Mail (postmarked)
Monday, October 7, 2024
In Person
Monday, October 7, 2024


Tuesday, November 26, 2024
General and Special Runoff Election Day

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Mississippi Voting Information

Absentee Ballot Process

In Mississippi, there are two types of Absentee Voting: in-person and by mail. Absentee voting is available if you meet any of the criteria below. The last day to request an absentee ballot is 5 days before the election. You can return your absentee ballot request form by mail or in person. Voted ballots must be postmarked by Election Day and received up to 5 days after the election to be counted. Track the status of your absentee or affidavit ballot using your state's online tool

Who can vote absentee in-person?

  • A student, teacher, or administrator at school who needs to be away from their home county for their studies or job on Election Day.
  • A voter who is away from their home county on Election Day for any reason can vote absentee.
  • Any person who has a temporary or permanent physical disability 
  • The parent, spouse, or dependent of a person with a temporary or permanent physical disability who is hospitalized outside of their home county or more than 50 miles away, and will be with that person on Election Day
  • Any person who is 65 years old or older
  • A member of the Mississippi congressional delegation who is absent from Mississippi on Election Day 
  • A voter who has to work on Election Day when the polls are open

Who can vote absentee by mail?

  • Any person temporarily living outside of their home county who needs their ballot mailed to an address outside the county 
  • Any person with a temporary or permanent physical disability who can't vote in person without significant difficulty or whose presence at the voting place could be dangerous to themselves or others 
  • The parent, spouse, or dependent of a person with a temporary or permanent physical disability who is hospitalized outside their home county or more than 50 miles away, and will be with that person on Election Day
  • Any person who is 65 years old or older

Beginning July 1, 2024, new qualifying criteria for requesting an absentee ballot by mail will be established. Voters will be eligible to vote-by-mail if they are:

  • Incarcerated in a prison or jail in the county where they are registered to vote and have not been convicted of a disenfranchising offense
  • Required to be on-call during voting hours on Election Day

Returning your Voted Ballot:

All mail ballots have to be sent back by mail. You can't drop off a completed mail ballot by hand, use drop boxes, or any other way to return the mail ballot. Voted ballots must be postmarked by Election Day and received up to 5 days after the election to be counted. Track the status of your absentee or affidavit ballot using your state's online tool.

Please check with your voter registrar to determine if you are entitled to vote absentee and to learn the procedures for doing so. You can fill out an absentee ballot request form here.

Mississippians who need assistance with voting

If you need assistance due to a disability, blindness, or inability to read or write, you may select a person of your choice to assist you with delivering or returning your absentee mail-in ballot.

Those who requested an absentee ballot but end up voting in person:

You may only do so by a provisional ballot. Do not mail a ballot and vote in person. For specifics, you can find your local county clerk contact info here.

US military personnel and overseas citizens can find information on how to register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

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Campaign Finance Information

For information on federal campaign contributions, please visit Open Secrets.

For information on state campaign contributions, please visit your state's resource.

Candidate and Ballot Measure Information

Information on local, state and federal candidates and ballot measures may be available here.


Drop Boxes

No drop boxes are available.  

Early Voting

Early voting for the November 5, 2024 general election begins September 23rd at the County Circuit Clerk’s office and ends November 2nd. Only some people qualify.

Early voting does not exist in Mississippi. In-person absentee voting will begin as soon as absentee ballots are available. Check with your county circuit clerk’s office for more details about when and where to vote.

Election Dates

The next election date can be found here

Contact your local Board of Elections for more information.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to vote you must be:

  • A resident of Mississippi for 30 days before the election
  • At least 18 years old, or will be 18 by the next General Election
  • Not declared mentally incompetent by a court
  • Not convicted of a disenfranchising crime

Incarcerated Voters & Returning Citizens: 

In Mississippi, you do not lose your voting rights if you were convicted of a crime in federal court or in another state. Most people in federal custody or leaving federal custody are eligible to vote in Mississippi. You only lose your voting rights if you are convicted of one of 23 barred crimes in the state. In this case, you can't vote while incarcerated, on probation, or on parole. Your right to vote can only be restored by the Governor or through a bill passed by both houses of the state legislature. Pretrial detention, misdemeanors, and federal and out-of-state convictions do not restrict your voting rights. 

Voters without traditional residence: 

In Mississippi, if you don’t have a permanent or fixed home, you can register to vote by including a drawing of your location to enable your county clerk to identify your appropriate voting precinct. The mailing address you provide on your registration can be a PO box, local shelter, advocacy organization, outreach center, or the home of someone who will accept mail for you. 

ID Needed for Voter Registration

You will need to provide your driver's license number or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number on your voter registration form. If you do not have a driver's license number or Social Security number and you are registering by mail for the first time, you must include another form of ID with your application.

Acceptable forms of ID are:

  • A copy of current valid photo identification
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document showing your name and address

Once you are registered, you generally remain registered indefinitely, unless you move or no longer meet one of the qualifications to vote.

ID Needed for Voting

Photo ID is required in order to vote. Expired photo IDs are acceptable as long as they are not more than 10 years old.

Acceptable forms of ID are:

  • A driver's license
  • Photo ID card issued by a branch, department or entity of the State of Mississippi
  • US passport
  • Government employee ID card
  • Firearms license
  • Student photo ID issued by an accredited Mississippi university, college or community/junior college
  • US military ID
  • Tribal photo ID
  • Any other photo ID issued by any branch, department, agency or entity of the US governemtn or any state government
  • Mississippi Voter ID Card

If you do not have any of these forms of ID, you can obtain a Mississippi Voter ID Card at no cost. You can apply for a Mississippi Voter ID card at any Circuit Clerk's office during normal business hours. Or call 1-855-868-3745 for more information.

Voters can call or text 844-338-8743 at any time to reach VoteRiders Voter ID Helpline

Official Results

Official results are never available on Election Day. Election officials are working around the clock to count an unprecedented number of ballots, and it’s essential that they take the time to make sure every vote is counted.

Absentee ballots begin being counted on Election Day. Provisional ballots are counted 5 days after the election.

Official election results will be uploaded on Mississippi’s Secretary of State website as they become available.

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Overseas and Military Voters

You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependent of a uniformed services voter. To get registered and vote, you can utilize Overseas Vote Foundation.

If you have additional questions about elections and voting overseas you can use our state specific elections official directory or contact the Overseas Vote Foundation.

Poll Worker Information

You can make sure we have safe, fair, and efficient elections for all. Become a poll worker today!

In order to be a poll worker in Mississippi, you must:

  • Be registered to vote in Mississippi
  • Be entitled to compensation
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be a resident of the county
  • Complete required training
  • Students 16 or older who are enrolled in high school and have residency in the county or municipality may work with a recommendation from the principal

To sign up, contact your local board of elections.

Polling Place Hours

Polls will be open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Polling Place Locator

You can find your polling place by utilizing your state resource.

If you have further questions on your polling place location, please contact your county clerk.

Primary Election Process

Mississippi is an “open primary” state. You can choose the party’s ballot you wish to vote. This decision does not register you with that party and it is a private decision.

In a primary election if a candidate does not with the majority of the votes (50%+1) there will be a primary runoff election scheduled for a few weeks after the primary election date. The runoff election will have the top two candidates with the most votes to ensure that one of them receives the majority of the voters.

If you have any questions about your state’s primary election, please contact your local election officials.

Provisional Voting

Known as an affidavit ballot, voters whose names do not appear in the poll book or do not have an acceptable form of ID are entitled to vote by affidavit ballot.

A voter who did not present photo ID because of a religious objection is entitled to have their ballot counted if they complete an Affidavit of Religious Objection in the Circuit Clerk's office within 5 business days after the election.

A voter who did not present photo ID is entitled to have their ballot counted if they present photo ID in the Circuit Clerk's office within 5 business days after the election.

Provisional Ballots are counted 5 business days after the election.

Provisions for Voters with Disabilities

If you are permanently disabled, you can register to be on the voter disabled list and will automatically be sent a ballot. To register as a disabled citizen, you must get a signed statement from your physician stating you are permanently disabled. The new voting machines provide accessible voting for many disabled. If necessary, you can choose a person to assist you with your voting.

For more information, you can utilize the American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD) resource.

Registration Deadline

In person registration at the county clerk's office must be done at least 30 days before the election. In most cases, circuit clerks and municipal clerks are available to register voters between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm.

Mail in registration applications must be postmarked 30 days prior to the election.

Time Off To Vote

Time off to vote is subject to the employer, there is no requirement for employers to grant time off to vote for employees.

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Voting Machines

The voting systems used in Mississippi are DRE and paper ballots.

Direct Recording Electronic (DRE): This is the newest kind of system in use in the U.S. All the information about who and what you are voting for is on an electronic screen like a TV or computer screen.

There are many variations of DREs because lots of companies are inventing new ones, and many cities, counties and states are trying them out. Usually, after you have signed in, the poll workers will give you a card that you slide into a device to start your voting session.

Some of these devices will show all of the candidates and ballot choices on one big screen. Often, with these big screen devices you push a button next to the name of the candidate you want to vote for (or yes or no on a ballot measure). On other DREs, the screen is set up to show pages. On each screen or page, there will probably be one thing to vote on. For example, on one screen or page, you might vote for president. Then you might move to the next page to vote for senator. Often these small-screen devices have a touch screen, where you touch the screen next to the name of the person you want to vote for. Other devices have a key pad. And some have a keyboard, so you can write in the name of someone you want to vote for.

You let the system know you are finished voting by pushing a button, touching the screen or entering something on a keypad.

Paper Ballots: Paper ballots are one of the oldest ways of voting in America. They are still used in a few places on Election Day. When you come to the polling place, you will get a paper ballot from the poll worker. You take it to the voting booth, and use a pen or pencil to mark a box next to your candidate and issue choices. You then drop the marked ballot into a sealed ballot box.

You can learn more about voting systems by checking out the Elections Assistance Commission's (EAC) resource.

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