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Mississippi

Abbreviation: 
MS

Mississippi Eligibility Reqirement

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

Mississippi 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.

Mississippi 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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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