Mississippi Election Information

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Registration Information

The deadline to register vote in Mississippi is: Postmarked 30 days before the election.

To register in Mississippi you must:

  • be a citizen of the United States
  • have lived in Mississippi and in your county (and city, if applicable) 30 days before the election in which you want to vote
  • be 18 years old by the time of the general election in which you want to vote
  • have not been convicted of murder, rape, bribery, theft, arson, obtaining money or goods under false pretense, perjury, forgery, embezzlement, armed robbery, extortion, felony bad check, felony shoplifting, larceny, receiving stolen property, robbery, timber larceny, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, statutory rape, carjacking, or bigamy, or have had your rights restored as required by law
  • not have been declared mentally incompetent by a court

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When can I vote in Mississippi?

Early Voting Information

In-person early voting available? No
By mail early voting available? No


A citizen of Mississippi who is eligible to vote may vote by absentee ballot ONLY if they fall into one of the following categories:

  • Any member of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force or Marines;
  • Any member of the Merchant Marine or American Red Cross;
  • Any disabled war veteran who is a patient in any hospital;
  • Any civilian attached to and serving outside of the United States with any branch of the Armed Forces, the Merchant Marine or the American Red Cross;
  • Any person temporarily residing outside of the territorial limits of the United States;
  • Any Person enrolled as a student at a United States Military Academy;
  • The spouse and dependents of any person described in (1) through (6) above;
  • Any person who is a bona fide student, teacher or administrator at any college, university, junior college, high or junior high school or elementary school whose studies or employment necessitates his or her absence from the county on the date of the election;
  • Any person who is required to be away from his or her place of residence on election day due to employment with the Mississippi congressional delegation and the spouse and dependents of such person if they will also be away on election day;
  • Any person who will be away from his or her county of residence on election day for any reason;
  • 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 him or herself or others, or whose attendance at the polling place could cause danger to him or herself or others;
  • The parent, spouse or dependent of a person who is hospitalized more than fifty (50) miles from his or her residence;
  • Any person who is sixty-five (65) years of age or older;
  • Any member of the Mississippi congressional delegation absent from Mississippi on election day and his or her spouse and dependents; and
  • Any person required to work on election day during the times at which the polls will be open.

If eligible to vote by absentee ballot, you may vote in person at the Office of the Registrar until 12:00 p.m. on the 3rd day before the election. All mailed absentee ballots must be received by the registrar by 5:00 p.m. on the day before Election Day. For more information voting absentee in Mississippi, click here.

Voting Hours on Election Day

The polls are open from:

7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Central time or Mountain time depending on your county.

Please contact your state election office for additional voting information, or click here to learn more about voting absentee in your state.

Where do I vote?

Find out here.
For more information, contact your state election office.

What do you need to bring?

Beginning with the June 3, 2014, Primary Election, all Mississippians voting at the polls will be required to show a photo ID card. Also, individuals voting in person by absentee ballot in person in the Circuit Clerk's office prior to the June 3, 2014 Primary Election Day will be required to show a photo ID.

Any one of the following types of photo IDs may be used on Election Day:

  • A 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

NOTE: If your photo ID is expired, it is still acceptable identification so long as it appears on the list of acceptable forms of ID above 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 a state government.

For instructions on how to obtain a Mississippi Voter Identification, click here.

If you don't have one of the above forms of ID, click here.

For more information, contact your state election office.

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