Elections and Voting
What you need to know about voting in Mississippi elections!
Who's on the ballot? When's the next election? How do I register to vote?...and more!
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
Click for all information from the Mississippi Secretary of State about upcoming 2016 Elections
Election Calendar 2016
Finding Your Polling Location
<Q. Where do I vote?
Refer to your voter registration card or ask your neighbor where they vote. Go to http://www.vote411.org
and enter your address to find your polling place. You may call your county Circuit Clerk. On ELECTION DAY call the League of Women Voters Hotline at 601-355-7495. >
Absentee Voting Process
Eligible Absentee Voters
include any duly qualified and registered elector who will be absent from their county of residence on Election Day or any of the following individuals who may not be present on Election Day:
- Any enlisted or commissioned members of the US armed forces who are citizens of Mississippi.
- Any member of the Merchant Marine or American Red Cross who is a citizen of Mississippi.
- Any disabled war veteran who is a patient in any hospital, who is a citizen of Mississippi.
- Any civilian attached to and serving outside of the US with any branch of the Armed Forces or with the Merchant Marine or American Red Cross, who is a citizen of Mississippi.
- Any citizen of Mississippi temporarily residing outside the territorial limits of the US and the District of Columbia.
- An employee engaged in interstate transportation required to be away from his or her county of residence on Election Day due to employment.
- A student, teacher or administrator required to be over 50 miles away from the county of residence on Election Day due to employment.
- An employee engaged in offshore employment, or as an employee on a vessel or other watercraft.
- An employee, businessperson, professional, tradesman or worker required being over 50 miles away from the county of residence on Election Day due to employment.
- Anyone with a temporary or permanent physical disability.
- Anyone 65 years of age or older.
- A parent, spouse or dependent staying with a hospitalized person with a temporary or permanent disability and is 50 miles or more away from his or her county of residence on Election Day.
- A member of a congressional delegation required to be over 50 miles away from his or her county of residence on Election Day.
- Trained or certified emergency response providers who are deployed during a state of emergency declared by the president or any governor can vote via absentee ballot. This can apply to hurricane responders, EMTs, physicians, anyone who is deployed.
Absentee Voting Deadlines
- Uniform and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), an emergency rule allowing these citizens to register to vote up until fourteen (14)days before an election. For further information on military and overseas citizen absentee voting, see below
come early to help assure your ballot is counted. Contact your County Voter Information Center
or Municipal Clerk at least two weeks before the election.
- If You Intend to Vote in the Circuit Clerk's Office Before Election Day. Go to the Circuit Clerk's office (contact information found on your County Election Information page) in the county in which you are registered, and tell them you want to vote absentee. They will let you vote an absentee ballot right then and there.
- If You Intend to Vote By Mail. Call your county circuit clerk and request an application form for an absentee ballot. Allow three weeks minimum between submitting your application for an absentee ballot and the deadline to vote by absentee ballot. You will need to have your ballot notarized unless you are disabled (Main post offices and town halls will notarize your ballot).
Contact the Secretary of State's Election Hotline at 1-800-829-6786.
Registering to Vote
To register to vote in Mississippi, you must affirm that you:
- are a U.S. citizen.
- are at least eighteen (18) years old or will be before the next general election
- live in the state and county where you are registering for at least 30 days before voting
- have never been convicted of murder, arson, armed robbery, bigamy, bribery, embezzlement, extortion, felony bad check, felony shoplifting, forgery, larceny, obtaining money or goods under false pretense, perjury, rape, receiving stolen property, robbery, theft, timber larceny, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, statutory rape, or carjacking, or have had your rights restored as required by law
- have not been declared mentally incompetent by a court
- will faithfully support the Constitution of the United States and of the State of Mississippi and bear true faith and allegiance to the same.
Complete the Registration Form
provided by the Secretary of State or your county Circuit Clerk at least 30 days
before the election. If you have questions contact your county Circuit Clerk's office found on your County Election Information
page or call the Secretary of State
You will need one of the following forms of current and valid identification:
- driver's license;
- social security number;
- other government photo identification;
- utility bill with your name and address;
- bank statement with your name and address;
- government check with your name and address;
- paycheck stub with your name and address; or
- other government document with your name and address.
You are not required to register your party affiliation; however, you will only be allowed to vote in one party primary.
If you have previously registered and want to change your name or address, you must complete the same form as newly registered voters.