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Mississippi Voting Quick Facts

Who Can Register to vote in Mississippi

Under federal law, if you move within 30 days of a presidential election, you are allowed to vote for President and Vice President in your former state of residence, either in person or by absentee ballot.

To vote in the state of Mississippi you must register to vote 30 days before the election day. Your application must be postmarked at least 30 days before the election in which you want to vote.

To register to vote in the State of Mississippi, you must be:

  • A United States Citizen,
  • A Resident of Mississippi,except persons judicially declared mentally incompetent
  • A resident of the state, county, and supervisor's district for 30 days
  • 18 years of age or older on Election Day
  • Has never been convicted of any crime listed in Section 241 of the Mississippi Constitution (murder, rape, bribery, theft, arson, obtaining money or goods under false pretense, perjury, forgery, embezzlement, or bigamy)

Where do I register to vote?

You can register to vote at your Circuit Clerk's office, your Municipal Clerk's office, when you get your driver’s license at the Department of Public Safety, or through the mail by downloading a voter registration form from our website and mailing it to your Circuit Clerk. Keep in mind that first time, mail-in, unverified registrants must show ID the first time they go to the polls.

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Voting At The Polls On Election Day

WHAT IS AN ACCEPTABLE FORM OF IDENTIFICATION FOR VOTING

Mississippi's voter ID law

An elector who votes in person in a primary or general election shall present government-issued photo identification before being allowed to vote. Voters who live and vote in a state-licensed care facility are exempt.

Beginning with Elections held in the State of Mississippi occurring on or after June 3, 2014, each qualified elector, who is not exempt from these requirements and who appears in person to vote by absentee ballot in the Registrar’s Office or Municipal Clerk’s Office, or who appears to vote at his or her polling place on an election day, must identify himself or herself by presenting Acceptable Photographic Identification before the elector may cast his or her ballot and vote

Acceptable Photographic Identification' means a current and valid:

  • Mississippi driver’s license,
  • A photo ID card issued by a branch, department, or entity of the State of Mississippi
  • A United States passport
  • A government employee ID card
  • A firearms license
  • A student photo ID issued by an accredited Mississippi university, college, or community/junior college
  • A United States military ID
  • A tribal photo ID
  • Any other photo ID issued by any branch, department, agency or entity of the United States government or any State government
  • A Mississippi Voter Identification Card

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Who Can Vote in Primary Elections in Mississippi

Both Democrats and Republicans hold Semi-closed Primaries

No registration by party affiliation. However Mississippi law provides that voters must intend to support a party's nominees in the general election in order to participate in the primary election, but there is no way to enforce this rule.

Voters who have not yet reached the age of 18 at the time of a primary election may vote in the primary election so long as he/she will reach the age of 18 on before the date of the general election.

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Who Can Vote Absentee in Mississippi

Who can vote absentee or by mail?

  • If you are a citizen of Mississippi and a registered voter you may vote absentee if you meet one of the following conditions:
  • You are an enlisted or commissioned member of any component of the United States Armed Forces, or spouse or dependent of such member.
  • You are a Member of the Merchant Marine or the American Red Cross, or spouse or dependent of such member.
  • You are a disabled war veteran who is a patient in any hospital, or the spouse or dependent of such veteran.
  • You are a civilian attached to and serving outside of the United States with any branch of the Armed Forces or with the Merchant Marine or American Red Cross, or spouse or dependent of such civilian. You are a citizen of Mississippi temporarily residing outside the territorial limits of the United States and the District of Columbia.
  • You are a student, teacher or administrator at a college, university, junior or community college, high, junior high, elementary or grade school, whose studies or employment at such institution necessitates your absence from the county of your voting residence or spouse or dependent of such student, teacher or administrator
  • You will be outside the county on election day.
  • You have a temporary or permanent physical disability.
  • You are sixty-five (65) years of age or older...

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What If My Address Has Changed

College Student

  • At School. Students can establish residency in Mississippi if they have a present intent to remain at their Mississippi school address for the time being, and they intend to make it their principal home.[12] Any other interpretation of the residency laws is unconstitutional.
  • If you moved from another state to attend school in Mississippi, you may vote in Mississippi if (1) you have resided in the county or municipality where you wish to vote for at least 30 days, and (2) you intend to make your school residence your home.[13]

Movers

  • If you moved to Mississippi from another state, you must register to vote in Mississippi to be able to vote.[1] The last day to register in time to vote in the next election is thirty days before the election.[2]
  • If you moved from out of state, you are only eligible to register if you have been a resident of Mississippi and the county and municipality in which you want to vote for at least thirty days prior to the day of the election.[3] But under federal law, if you move within thirty days of a presidential election, you are allowed to vote for President and Vice President in your former state of residence, either in person or by absentee ballot.[4]
  • If you moved to a new address within the same county, you can transfer your registration by making a written request to update your address.[5] If you moved to a new address in a different county, you should complete a new registration form to update your registration records.[6] That form is available here: http://www.sos.ms.gov/links/elections/voter_information_center/tab1/Voter_Registration.pdf

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When Is The Next Election?

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Poll Hours: 7:00 AM-7:00 PM

23-15-541. Hours polls to be open: At all elections, the polls shall be opened at seven o'clock in the morning and be kept open until seven o'clock in the evening and no longer.

How can I find my polling location?

If you do not know where your polling place is,you can use www.sos.ms.gov to locate your polling place. If you have any issues or questions, please contact your County Clerk

Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?

NO: Mississippi does not provide Same Day Voter Registration. You must register to vote by the voter registration deadline in order to vote in an election. If you miss the voter registration deadline for an election you should contact your local election office.

Can I Take Time Off For Voting?

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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