Registration Deadline: Voters must register at least 30 days prior to the election in which they wish to vote. Mail in applications must be postmarked 30 days before the election.
Party Affiliation: Party registration not required to vote in primary elections. However, voters must vote for a single party for both the initial primary and any run offs resulting from that primary.
VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS
Age: Must be at least 18 years old (or will be 18 by the date of the next General Election)
Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen
Residency: Must be a resident of Mississippi and the county, city or town for 30 days prior to the election
Mental Competency: Must not be declared mentally incompetent by a court
Felony Convictions: Must not be convicted of a disenfranchising crime as defined by Section 241 of the Mississippi Constitution or by Attorney General Opinion, unless pardoned, rights of citizenship restored by the Governor or suffrage rights restored by the Legislature.
ID Requirements: To register you must have one of the following:
Provide your driver’s license number and/or the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you do not provide your driver’s license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number, you must send with your application:
-A copy of a current and valid photo ID; or
-A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.
OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM
In person:You can register to vote at any of the following:
-Circuit Clerk’s office
-your Municipal Clerk’s office
-Department of Public Safety
-Any state or federal agency offering government services, such as the Department of Human Services
By mail/ in writing: Download the form online and mail it to your Circuit clerk. Keep in mind voters who mail in registrations must present ID the first time they vote.
VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS
Online: Check your registration
Phone: Contact your County Registrar's Office
ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS
Who can vote absentee: Those who are:
-on active duty in the Uniformed Services or Merchant Marine -OR-
-an eligible spouse or dependent.
-an activated National Guard member on State orders.
-a U.S. citizen living outside the country, and intend to return.
-a U.S. citizen living outside the country, and return is uncertain.
-a U.S. citizen living outside the country, and have never lived in the United States.
OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Online: Absentee Ballot Request
In person: Any person who is eligible to vote absentee may request an absentee ballot in person from their local Circuit Clerk's office.
By mail: Please check with your circuit or municipal clerk to learn the procedures for obtaining an absentee ballot by mail.
Military and overseas voting: The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) provides for certain provisions to assist voters in these categories to receive and return their absentee ballot in time to be counted on election day. More information for Military and Overseas Voters.
SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Please contact your circuit clerk's office.
Deciding how to vote: https://votesmart.org
ID Requirements: Voter ID FAQ
How to Vote: Mississippi voting information guide
Getting your vote counted: Should you have any questions about your vote and the practices of voting in Mississippi contact Mississippi's Election Answer line at 1-800-829-6786
Problems with voting: Mississippi HAVA complaint form
Verifying provisional ballot status: Provisional ballots are available in select precincts. Contact your local circuit clerk for information on provisional ballots.
Verifying absentee ballot status: Contact your local circuit clerk to learn the status of your absentee ballot.
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