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 top 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:
-government issued photo ID card
-United States passport
-employee identification card
-student photo ID issued by an accredited Mississippi university, college or community/junior college
-United States military ID
-tribal photo ID
-Any other photo ID issued by any branch, department, agency or entity of the United States government or any state government
-Mississippi Voter Identification card
OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM
Online: Mississippi voter registration application
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
Phone: Contact your County Registrars Office
ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS
Who can vote absentee: Some registered voters are eligible to vote absentee because of age, health, work demands, temporary relocation for educational purposes or their affiliation with the U.S. Armed Forces.
OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Online: Mississippi does not make absentee ballot forms available online.
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.
Verifying Registration: Contact your County Registrars office
Deciding how to vote: http://www.votesmart.org/
First time, mail-in, unverified registrants must show ID the first time they go to the polls, any of the following are accepted:
- A copy of current valid photo identification
- A copy of a current utility bill
- Bank statement
- Government check or paycheck
- Other government document that shows your name and address
How to Vote: Mississippi voting information guide or see an online demonstration of how to use Mississippi voting machines.
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.