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Election Q & A

Answers to frequently asked questions related to elections in Mississippi

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The League of Women Voters is pleased to help answer voters' questions about election day. This non-partisan organization encourages active participation of citizens in government and never supports or opposes parties or candidates. League members are men and women who are passionate about the right to vote and in bettering our communities.

If an answer is not found here, you may call the League of Women Voters Hotline ON ELECTION DAY at 601-355-7495. You may also call your county's Circuit Clerk or a county Election Commissioner.

Questions and Answers

GENERAL ELECTION DAY Q & A

The League of Women Voters of Mississippi is pleased to help answer voters' questions about election day. The League is non-partisan and never supports or opposes parties or candidates. Our goal is to encourage citizens to be active participants in their government and to be informed voters. League members are men and women who are passionate about the right to vote and in bettering our communities.

If an answer is not found here, you may call the League of Women Voters Hotline ON ELECTION DAY at 601-355-7495. You may also call your county Circuit Clerk.

Q. When is the general election? It is on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Anyone who is in line at 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote.

Q. What is on the ballot? In addition to the national Presidential race, Mississippi has judicial races, including the state supreme court, and US House races. See all

Q. Can I vote for candidates of different political parties? Yes, in the general election your ballot includes candidates for all parties and independents.

Q.Do I need identification in order to vote? Yes, you must have a photo ID for this election. Be sure to carry one of the acceptable items. Refer to the Secretary of State's website for information on Voter ID requirements: http://www.sos.ms.gov

Q. May I carry sample ballot information into the polling place? Yes, but you may not carry campaign literature into the polling location.

Q. Where do I vote? Refer to your voter registration card, ask your neighbor where they vote, go to http://www.vote411.org and enter your address to find your polling place, or call your county Circuit Clerk. On ELECTION DAY call the League of Women Voters Hotline at 601-355-7495.

Q.If I have moved since the last election, where do I vote? If you moved within the same county, go to the poll for your new address; ask the poll manager for an affidavit ballot. The election commissioner will update your address on the voter rolls. If you moved to a different county, you should have re-registered at least 30 days prior to the election.

Q.Must I vote for a candidate in each office for my ballot to count? No.

Q. Is transportation available? The political parties may offer rides. You may also contact the campaign headquarters of the candidate of your choice.

Q. What if I have difficulty getting into the poll location? There should be a sign directing handicapped voters; voters in wheelchairs have access to the Touch Screen voting stations. You also have the right to ask to vote curbside with the assistance of the election manager.

Q. What if I have a question about the machine or need assistance? The poll workers are there to help you. Voters who are physically disabled or cannot read or write can choose to have assistance, by request to the poll manager (the person providing the assistance cannot be your employer, a representative of your employer or a representative of a union to which you belong).

Q. Any further tips? Avoid the crowds. Go to polls during off-hours, usually 10 + 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 + 3:30 p.m. Be informed. Many candidates have web pages with information on their qualifications and priorities. Be an informed voter and take a friend to vote!

Remember, cast your vote! Your future is impacted by the results of these elections!