Mississippi Election Information

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November 3, 2020 General Election

Voter Registration Deadlines & Important Dates

2020 General Election: November 3, 2020

Voter Registration Deadline: October 5, 2020

Absentee Ballot Request Deadline: There is no formal request deadline; we recommend requesting your ballot as early as possible (at least 10 days before Election Day)

Absentee Ballot Return Deadline: Postmarked by Election Day and received within 5 business days of Election Day (by mail); Received 3 days before Election Day (in person)

*There is no early voting in Mississippi

For more information, visit the Mississippi Secretary of State’s website or their 2020 Elections Calendar.

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When You Can Vote

Election Day: The polls must be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. central time on Election Day. As long as a voter is in line at the polling place by 7:00 p.m., he or she is entitled to vote. Mississippi generally does not permit in-person early voting although those voters who qualify to cast an absentee ballot may do so in person at the county registrar’s office until 5:00 p.m. Central Time on Saturday, October 31 (for the general election).

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Where You Can Vote

How to Find Your Polling Place: Visit the Mississippi Secretary of State’s polling place locator web page.

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Registering to Vote

Registration Deadlines:  Mississippi does not offer same-day registration. You must register 30 days prior to the election in which you wish to vote. The deadline for the general election is Monday, October 5, 2020.

 

How to Check Your Registration: Fill out the form on the Mississippi Secretary of State’s website, contact your County’s Circuit Clerk or call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

 

Registration Eligibility: In order to be eligible to register in Mississippi, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen;
  • Be at least 18 years old by the General Election;
  • Have resided in Mississippi and your county or incorporated municipality for at least 30 days prior to the election for which you are registering to vote;
  • NOT be convicted of a specified disenfranchising crime in a Mississippi state (not federal) court; and
  • NOT be declared mentally incompetent by a court.

 

How to Register: In Mississippi, you can register to vote by mail and in person.

Note: Many county and state agencies that provide voter registration applications may be closed to the public or have limited in-person access due to COVID-19. Voters should contact the agencies listed below for more information on how to receive voter registration services.

By Mail: In order to register by mail, download and complete a Mississippi Voter Registration Application form, print the form, sign and date the form, and mail it to your county Circuit Clerk’s Office.

In Person: You may register to vote in person at any of the following locations: County Circuit Clerk’s Office, Municipal Clerk’s Office, Department of Public Safety, or any state or federal agency offering government services, such as the Department of Human Services.

 

Identification Required for Registration:

Voters will need their Mississippi Driver’s License and the last 4 Digits of their Social Security Number to fill out the mail-in application.

First time Mississippi voters: If you are registering by mail and do not provide your driver’s license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number, you must send with your application either a copy of a current and valid photo ID or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government document that shows your name and address.

When registering in person, you do not need to show identification.

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Voting Early & by Absentee Ballot

If You Want to Vote Early

Mississippi does not have regular early voting, but voters who qualify for absentee voting may vote absentee in person at their local election’s office (usually the Circuit Clerk) before Election Day.

 

If You Want to Vote Absentee

If you want to vote in person absentee, you may cast your ballot if:

  1. You are a bona fide student, teacher or administrator at any college, university, junior college, high, junior high, or elementary grade school whose studies or employment at such institution necessitates your absence from the county of your voting residence on the date of any primary, general or special election, or you are the spouse or dependent of that student, teacher or administrator if you maintain a common domicile, outside of the county of your voting residence, with such student, teacher or administrator.
  2. You are required to be away from your place of residence on any election day due to your employment as an employee of a member of the Mississippi congressional delegation or are the spouse or dependent of such person if you shall be residing with such absentee voter away from the county of your voting residence.
  3. You will be away from your county of residence on election day for any reason.
  4. You who have a temporary or permanent physical disability and, because of such disability, are unable to vote in person without substantial hardship to yourself or others, or if your attendance at the voting place could reasonably cause danger to yourself or others. “Temporary physical disability” includes any qualified voter who is under a physician-imposed quarantine due to COVID-19 during the year 2020 or who is caring for a dependent who is under a physician-imposed quarantine due to COVID-19.
  5. You are a parent, spouse, or dependent of a person with a temporary or permanent physical disability who is hospitalized outside of his or her county of resident or more than fifty (50) miles distant from your residence, if you will be with such person on election day. “Temporary physical disability” includes any qualified elector who is under a physician-imposed quarantine due to COVID-19 during the year 2020 or any qualified voter who is caring for a dependent who is under a physician-imposed quarantine due to COVID-19.
  6. You are sixty-five (65) years of age or older.
  7. You are a member of the Mississippi congressional delegation absent from Mississippi on election day, or the spouse or dependent of such member of the congressional delegation.
  8. You will be unable to vote in person because you are required to be at work on election day during the times at which the polls will be open[i].

 

Under Mississippi law, the following categories of people are entitled to vote absentee by mail-in ballot:

  1. Any person who is temporarily residing outside of their county of residence. The ballot must be mailed to an address outside the county.
  2. Any person who has a temporary or permanent physical disability and who, because of such disability is unable to vote in person without substantial hardship to himself, herself or others, or whose attendance at the voting place could reasonably cause danger himself, herself or others. “Temporary physical disability” includes any qualified elector who is under a physician-imposed quarantine due to COVID-19 during the year 2020 or is caring for a dependent who is under a physician-imposed quarantine due to COVID-19.
  3. The parent, spouse or dependent of a person with a temporary or permanent physical disability who is hospitalized outside of his or her county of residence or more than fifty (50) miles distant from his or her residence, if the parent, spouse, or dependent will be with such person on election day. “Temporary physical disability” includes any qualified elector who is under a physician-imposed quarantine due to COVID-19 during the year 2020 or is caring for a dependent who is under a physician-imposed quarantine due to COVID-19.
  4. Any person who is sixty-five (65) years of age or older. [ii]

 

Military Members and Overseas Citizens: Voters included within the Uniform and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), such as members of the military and overseas citizens may register to vote and request an absentee ballot by Federal Post Card Application. Please see “If You Are in the Military or Are an Overseas Voter” below.

Deadlines:

  • Absentee ballots may be requested at any time within 45 days of the election, as long as they are requested no later than noon on the Saturday before the election.
  • Absentee ballots cast by mail, that were postmarked on or before November 3, 2020, must be received by the County Circuit Clerk by November 10, 2020.
  • Absentee ballots cast in person must be cast no later than 5:00 p.m. Central Time the Saturday before the election—October 31, 2020

If you are a military or overseas voter, see “If You Are in the Military or Are an Overseas Voter” below.

[i] Miss. Sec’y of State, Step-By-Step Absentee Guide (https://www.sos.ms.gov/content/documents/elections/Step-by-Step%20Guide%20to%20Absentee%20Voting_forweb.pdf)

[ii] Miss. Sec’y of State, Step-By-Step Absentee Guide (https://www.sos.ms.gov/content/documents/elections/Step-by-Step%20Guide%20to%20Absentee%20Voting_forweb.pdf)

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Identification Requirements

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot: To cast a regular ballot, you must present a current and valid form of photo identification.

Valid Forms of Photo ID:

  • Mississippi Driver’s License;
  • US Passport;
  • Photo ID card issued by a branch, department, agency, or entity of the State of Mississippi;
  • Photo employee ID card issued by a branch, department, agency, or entity of the US Government, the State of Mississippi, or any county, municipality, board, authority, or other entity of the State of Mississippi;
  • Mississippi firearms license, with photo;
  • Tribal photo ID card;
  • US Military photo ID card;
  • Photo ID card issued by any accredited Mississippi college, university, community college, or junior college;
  • Photo ID issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the US government or any state government, such as a driver’s license issued by a state other than Mississippi; or
  • Mississippi Voter Identification Card

Mississippi Voter Identification Card: If you are a registered voter who does not have any other acceptable forms of photo ID, you can obtain a free Mississippi Voter Identification Card by bringing a piece of identifying documentation to any Circuit Clerk’s office in Mississippi. If you lack identifying documentation, the clerk may verify birth information free of charge if you provide your date of birth, state of birth, and mother’s maiden name. You can obtain free transportation to the Circuit Clerk’s office to obtain a Voter ID by calling 1-844-MSVOTER (1-844-678-6837).

ID Expiration: You may use an expired photo ID as long as it is one of the above-listed acceptable forms of photo ID and is not more than 10 years old. The expired ID must contain the name and photograph of the voter, and have been validly issued by the federal or state government.

Name on ID: The name on the photo ID only has to be substantially similar to your name in the poll book. A name is substantially similar if:

  • your name on the presented photo ID is slightly different from your name as it appears on the poll book;
  • your name on the presented photo ID (or on the poll book) is a customary derivation or abbreviation of your formal name, such as Bill, Will or Billy for William, Rick, Rich or Dick for Richard, or Meg for Margaret;
  • your name on the presented photo ID includes an initial or middle name which does not appear on the poll book, or vice versa;
  • your first name, middle name, maiden name or initial appears in a different order on the presented photo ID than on the poll book, or vice versa; or
  • your middle or last name on the presented photo ID is different than your middle or last name on the poll book because of marriage or divorce, the name is substantially similar if:
    • a part of your name, address OR date of birth on the presented photo ID matches a part of your name, address OR date of birth on the poll book, and
    • the photograph on the presented photo ID fairly depicts you.

Address on ID: The address on the photo ID does not have to match the address on the voter rolls.

Lack of Valid Photo ID: If you do not have valid identification with you when you go to vote, you still are entitled to vote by a provisional Affidavit Ballot but must show an acceptable form of photo ID at the Circuit Clerk’s office within 5 business days of the election.

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If You Have Moved Within Your State

Moving within the Same County

If you moved within the same county and have not re-registered with that address, you can vote with a provisional Affidavit Ballot. If you moved within the same voter precinct your polling place will have remained the same, and you may vote regardless of when you moved. If you moved within the county to a different voter precinct, you should go the polling place for your new address, but you only will be able to vote if you moved within the last 30 days.

Affidavit Ballots

An “affidavit” in this case means a statement by you swearing that you believe that you are registered to vote in the jurisdiction in which you are attempting to vote. After you vote by provisional Affidavit Ballot because of a recent move, a Poll Manager will place the Affidavit Ballot in an envelope. The affidavit is printed and written on the envelope itself. The affidavit envelope must include: your name, your address (current and previous if moved), your telephone number (if you have one), a statement of your belief that you are registered to vote that in that jurisdiction, your signature, and the signature of one of the Poll Managers.

The Poll Manager must give you written instructions on how to ascertain if your Affidavit Ballot was counted.

 

Moving Between Counties

If you moved to a different county more than 30 days before the General Election and have not re-registered with that address, you cannot vote, except for the President and Vice President in a Presidential election. If you moved to a different county within 30 days of the General Election and have not re-registered with that address, you may still vote for President and Vice President in your original voter precinct.

 

Moved from a Different State

If you moved from a different state more than 30 days before the General Election and have not re-registered with that address, you cannot vote, except for the President and the Vice President in a Presidential Election. If you moved to a different county within 30 days of the General Election, with by absentee or by in-person voting, so long as you meet the requirements of the state in which you resided immediately prior to moving.

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If You Are in the Military or Are an Overseas Voter

Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA): Military and other overseas citizens may use the standard procedure for absentee voting by mail, but there are also special provisions for U.S. citizens residing outside of the U.S. and active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces and Merchant Marine and their family members.

 

Registering and Requesting an Absentee Ballot

Military and overseas citizen voters may use the standard procedures discussed above for voter registration and for absentee voting by mail.

Military and overseas voters may also use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to register to vote, to request absentee ballots, or to register to vote and request absentee ballots simultaneously. FPCA registration and requests for absentee ballots can be done via email, fax, or mail. Voters registering using the FPCA must email, fax, or mail their applications so that the application is received 10 days prior to the election—October 24 (General Election).

For more information visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) Mississippi-specific FPCA page or the Mississippi Secretary of State’s UOCAVA page.

 

Receiving an Absentee Ballot

UOCAVA voters may receive their absentee ballots by email, fax, or mail by specifying their preference using the appropriate check box on the FPCA. Mississippi must send UOCAVA voters their absentee ballots at least 45 days prior to the election.

Absentee ballots may be cast be mail, fax, or email. To email or fax your election materials, use the Electronic Transmission cover sheet and email or fax the cover sheet and ballot to your county’s Circuit Clerk UOCAVA contact.  The deadline for receipt of absentee ballots by the Circuit Clerk is 7:00 p.m. on the day of the election.

 

Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

The Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) is a back-up ballot that can be used by UOCAVA voters. Military personnel and overseas voters who request an absentee ballot, but do not receive the absentee ballot in time for the ballot to be returned in time to be counted, may use the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB).

Your FWAB must be received by your local voting officials in Mississippi no later than 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.  For specific instructions, visit the FVAP’s Mississippi-specific FWAB page.

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If You Have a Felony Conviction

If you have been convicted in a Mississippi state (but not federal) court for a disenfranchising crime, you cannot vote. The disenfranchising crimes are vote fraud, murder, rape, bribery, theft, arson, obtaining money or goods under false pretense, perjury, forgery, embezzlement, bigamy, armed robbery, extortion, felony bad check, felony shoplifting, larceny, receiving stolen property, robbery, timber larceny, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, statutory rape, carjacking, and larceny under lease or rental agreement.

Unless you have been convicted by a Mississippi court of one of 23 specific listed above, you can vote in Mississippi at all times – even while you are incarcerated,[i]  Please note, no persona shall be deemed to be a resident of a county solely because of being incarcerated in a facility under the jurisdiction of the Department of Corrections that is located in such a county.

Even if you have been convicted of a similar offense in another state or a federal felony, you still may vote.

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