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Mississippi Voting Guide

Registration Deadlines
In Person:
Monday, October 8, 2018
By Mail:
Postmarked by Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Election Dates:
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 (General Election)
Secretary of State
401 Mississippi Street
PO Box 136
Jackson, MS 39205-0136
Phone:
601-576-2545
Fax:
601-576-2545

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to vote in Mississippi 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

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 one of the following with your application:

  • 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. You must show one of the following forms of ID - expired photo IDs are acceptable as long as they are not more than 10 years old:

  • 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.

 

Registration Deadline

In person registration at the county clerk's office must be done at least 30 days prior to the election in which you want to vote. 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.

Verify Voter Registration

To verify your registration status, contact your voter registrars' office.

Absentee Ballot Process

You are eligible to vote absentee if you are a duly qualified and registered voter who will be absent from your county of residence on Election Day or are:

  • A disabled war veteran who is a patient in any hospital and a citizen of Mississippi
  • A citizen of Mississippi temporarily residing outside the territorial limits of the United States and the District of Columbia
  • An employee engaged in interstate transportation
  • A student, teacher or administrator
  • An employee engaged in offshore employment, or as an employee on a vessel or other watercraft
  • An employee, businessperson, professional, tradesman or worker required to be over 50 miles away from the county of residence on election day due to employment
  • A person with a temporary or permanent physical disability
  • 65 years of age or older
  • A parent, spouse or dependent of a person with a temporary or permanent disability hospitalized more than 50 miles from home county and with such person Election Day
  • A member of a congressional delegation

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.

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

Overseas and Military Voters

You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependant 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.

Early Voting

Early voting does not exist in Mississippi. However, you may vote absentee ballot in person at your local circuit clerk's office (office hours vary, check with your local clerk's office).

Election Dates

The next election date is Tuesday, November 6, 2018 (General Election). The in person registration deadline is Monday, October 8, 2018. Mailed registrations must be postmarked by Tuesday, October 9, 2018.

Contact your local Board of Elections for more information.

Poll Worker Information

In order to be a poll worker in Mississippi:

  • You must be registered to vote in Mississippi
  • You will be entitled to compensation
  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • You must be a resident of the county
  • You must 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.

Time Off To Vote

Time off to vote is subject to the employer. Mississippi law does not require employers to grant time off to vote for employees.

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.

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.

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.

Candidate and Ballot Measure Information

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

To see a list of available races, visit the race index.

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.

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.


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