Mississippi Election Information

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Upcoming Elections in Your State

2014 State Primary Election: June 3, 2014

2014 Primary Runoff Election: June 24, 2014

2014 General Election: November 4, 2014

For more information, visit the Mississippi Secretary of State website.

Other Important Election Information

On election day, polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

 

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Registration Deadlines

2014 Primary Election: May 25, 2014

2014 General Election: October 5, 2014

How to Check If You Are Registered

To verify your registration status, contact your county registrar's office.

How to Register

Online

Mississippi does not provide online voter registration.

In Person or By Mail

You can register to vote in person at your Circuit or Municipal Clerk’s office.  Find your Clerk’s office here.  You can also download a voter registration form and mail it to your Circuit Clerk.  Download the form here.

Registration Eligibility

  • Must be at least 18 years old on Election Day.  If you will be 18 years old on or before the general election and are registered at least 30 days before the primary associated with the general election, you may vote in the primary even if you are not 18 by the time of the primary;
  • Must be a United States citizen;
  • Must be a resident of the state and have lived in your city or town for at least 30 days prior to Election Day;
  • Must be declared mentally competent; and
  • Must not have been convicted of any of the following crimes: murder, rape, bribery, theft, arson, obtaining money or goods under false pretense, perjury, forgery, embezzlement, or bigamy.

Identification Required for Registration

The new photo identification requirements do not apply to registering to vote. However, you are required to provide:

  • a Mississippi driver's license number, or
  • the last four digits of his or her social security number.

If you register to vote by mail, you will be asked to provide identification before you will be permitted to vote in person.

If you do not have a driver's license or social security number you must provide:

  • a copy of a current utility bill;
  • a bank statement;
  • a government check;
  • a paycheck; or
  • any other government document showing your name and address.

If you are a naturalized citizen, you must provide:

  • a certified copy of the final order or decree of naturalization;
  • a certificate of naturalization or duplicate thereof; or
  • a certified copy of such certificate of naturalization or duplicate.

If You Want to Vote Early

If have an appropriate excuse, you may vote absentee in person at the Office of the Registrar until 12:00 p.m. on the Saturday immediately preceding elections held on Tuesday.

If You Want to Vote Absentee

You may vote by absentee ballot if you fall within one of the following categories:

  • Members of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force or Marines, including spouses and dependents;
  • Members of the Merchant Marine or American Red Cross, including spouses and dependents;
  • Disabled war veterans who are patients in any hospital, including spouses and dependents;
  • Civilians attached to and serving outside of the United States with any branch of the Armed Forces, the Merchant Marine or the American Red Cross, including spouses and dependents;
  • Persons temporarily residing outside of the territorial limits of the United States, including spouses and dependents;
  • Persons enrolled as students at a United States Military Academy, including spouses and dependents;
  • Persons who are bona fide students, teachers or administrators at any college, university, junior college, high or junior high school or elementary school whose studies or employment necessitates their absence from the county on the date of the election;
  • Persons who are required to be away from their place of residence on election day due to employment with the Mississippi congressional delegation, including spouses and dependents if they will also be away on election day;
  • Persons who will be away from their county of residence on election day for any reason;
  • Persons who have a temporary or permanent physical disability and who, because of such disability, are unable to vote in person without substantial hardship, or whose attendance at the polling place could cause danger to themselves or others;
  • Parents, spouses or dependents of a person who is hospitalized more than fifty (50) miles from his or her residence;
  • Persons who are sixty-five (65) years of age or older;
  • Members of the Mississippi congressional delegation absent from Mississippi on election day, including spouses and and dependents; or
  • Persons required to work on election day during the times at which the polls will be open.

Procedures for Voting by Absentee Ballot

Voters may vote in person at the Office of the Registrar until 12:00 p.m. on the Saturday immediately preceding elections held on Tuesday.  All mailed absentee ballots must be received by the registrar by 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election.  If you fill out your absentee ballot in Mississippi in the county in which you live, you are required to use the county registrar as an attesting witness.  After you complete the ballot, he or she will sign the “Attesting Witness Certificate” across the flap on the back of the envelope.  If you fill out your ballot in another state or country, any notary public, such as a United States postal clerk, may serve as an attesting witness.

If you require assistance to vote due to blindness, temporary or permanent physical disability, or inability to read or write, you can receive assistance from anyone other than a candidate or your employer.  Your assistant is required to sign and complete the “Certificate of Person Providing Voter Assistance” on the absentee ballot envelope.

You and your attesting witness must sign the oath on the envelope used to return the absentee ballot.  If you cannot sign the oath on your absentee ballot envelope because of a physical disability or illiteracy, you must make your mark and have the mark witnessed by someone you designate.

Voting in Person after Requesting an Absentee Ballot

If you requested an absentee ballot, you can only vote at your polling place on Election Day if you return your unmarked absentee ballot to your County Clerk or a poll worker at your precinct.  Your unmarked absentee ballot will be destroyed and you will be permitted to vote in-person on Election Day.

Identification Requirements to Register to Vote

The new photo identification requirements do not apply to registering to vote.  However, you are required to provide:

  • a Mississippi driver's license number, or
  • the last four digits of his or her social security number.

If you do not have a driver's license or social security number or want to submit an application by mail and has never registered to vote in the county where you want to register, you must provide:

  • a copy of a current utility bill;
  • a bank statement;
  • a government check;
  • a paycheck; or
  • any other government document showing your name and address.

If you are a naturalized citizen, you must provide:

  • a certified copy of the final order or decree of naturalization;
  • a certificate of naturalization or duplicate thereof; or
  • a certified copy of such certificate of naturalization or duplicate.

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

All voters appearing in person at their polling place or at the registrar’s office must present a current and valid photo identification.

The following documents are acceptable forms of identification when voting:

  • A current and valid Mississippi driver's license;
  • A current and valid identification card issued by a branch, department, agency or entity of the State of Mississippi;
  • A current and valid United States passport;
  • A current and valid employee identification card with a photo issued by a U.S. agency, the State of Mississippi, or any county, municipality, board, authority or entity of Mississippi;
  • A current and valid Mississippi license to carry a pistol or revolver;
  • A valid tribal identification card with a photo of the voter;
  • A current and valid United States military identification card;
  • A current and valid student identification card with a photo of the voter, issued by any accredited college, university or community or junior college in the State of Mississippi; and
  • An official Mississippi voter identification card containing a photo of the voter.

If you do not have any of the acceptable forms of identification, you can get a free voter identification card at any Circuit Clerk’s office.  The Circuit Clerk MUST provide voter identification cards for free.  To obtain a Mississippi Voter ID Card, you must go to any Circuit Clerk’s office during regular business hours.  You must provide the Clerk with your date of birth, the state where you were born, and your mother’s maiden name.  Then, you must complete and sign the Voter ID Application and have your photo taken.  Your Voter ID card will be mailed to you.  If you apply with the Circuit Clerk within 45 days of an election, they MUST provide you with a receipt which can be used as a valid form of identification for voting.

If you appear to vote in person at a polling place and do not have identification, you may vote by affidavit ballot.  The affidavit ballot will  be counted only if you present acceptable photo identification to the registrar within five (5) days.

If you have a religious objection to being photographed, you may vote by affidavit ballot.  The affidavit ballot will be counted only if you visit the registrar’s office within five (5) days after the election and execute an affidavit in the registrar's office affirming your religious beliefs.

Absentee Voting by Mail

If you receive and cast your vote by mail, you are exempt from the photo identification requirements. 

Moving Within the Same County

If you move from one election precinct to another election precinct in the same county prior to an election, you must make a written request for a registration transfer at least thirty (30) days before the election.  If you did not request the registration transfer more than thirty (30) days before the election or you move within thirty (30) days of the election, you will be permitted to vote by affidavit ballot in your new election precinct.

Moving to a Different County

If you move from one county to another county, you must register in your new county of residence in order to be permitted to vote.

You can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), also known as Standard Form 76, to register to vote and to request an absentee ballot.  Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) Mississippi-specific FPCA page.

Military and overseas citizens can send and receive voting materials by fax and email.  If you wish to use the fax or email options, you must indicate this on your FPCA.  Instructions for doing so are found on the FVAP's Mississippi-specific FPCA page.

Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) if they are concerned with receiving their printed ballot and returning it by the 7:00 p.m., Election Day deadline.  The FWAB is a blank ballot on which voters write-in their choices for all elections in a particular electoral cycle.  The FWAB may also be used to register to vote and to apply for the absentee ballot, all in one step.  If you use the FWAB to register to vote, it must be received by the voter registration deadline.  For specific instructions, visit the FVAP's Mississippi-specific FWAB page.  You may also visit the Mississippi Secretary of State’s website for additional information.

You are ineligible to vote if you have been convicted of murder, rape, bribery, theft, arson, obtaining money or goods under false pretense, perjury, forgery, embezzlement, or bigamy.  You can become eligible to vote again only if a bill to restore your rights is approved by both houses of the legislature, or the governor restores your rights directly.

For more information, visit the Mississippi Secretary of State website.

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For more information for voters with mental disabilities, visit The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law and National Disability Rights Network’s document: “Voting Rights Guide for People with Mental Disabilities.

For more information for student voters, visit the Mississippi Student Voting Guide from the Brennan Center for Justice.

Information provided by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights


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