En español | Mississippi allows any voter 65 and over to cast an absentee ballot by mail or vote early in person, but other voters will need an eligible excuse.
The 2022 midterms decided races for the U.S. House of Representatives. Mississipians will vote for governor, state legislature and other state offices in 2023.
The state’s 2021 redistricting plan changed certain boundaries of some legislative and U.S. congressional districts and may affect which candidates appear on your ballot.
Go to yallvote.ms to check your voter registration status. The deadline to register is 30 days before an election.
Does my party affiliation matter when I vote in the primaries?
Mississippi voters do not register to vote with a party affiliation. During primary elections, you can choose the political party for which you’d like to vote. If the primary goes to a runoff, you must stick with the same party.
Only certain people qualify to vote absentee using a mail-in ballot. They include:
Contact your county circuit clerk’s office to see if you qualify to get a mail-in absentee ballot. If you do, request that an application be mailed to you. You must indicate on the application the reason you need an absentee mail-in ballot. Mail-in absentee ballot applications should be notarized, but there’s an exception: If you are temporarily or permanently disabled, you instead need a witness 18 or older to sign. Mail the application to your county circuit clerk’s office.
Your county circuit clerk's office will mail your absentee ballot to you within one day of receiving your application.
Note that mail-in absentee ballots also require a witness signature and will come with instructions about who qualifies.
Completed ballots must be returned by mail to your county circuit clerk’s office and postmarked on or before Election Day. Postage is required. Ballots must be received no later than five business days after the election.
Additional information about absentee voting can be found on yallvote.ms. Or use the secretary of state’s step-by-step absentee guide.
That depends on your county of residence. Contact your county circuit clerk’s office to see if absentee ballot tracking is available.
Mississippi offers in-person absentee voting, but only to those who qualify. Some of those who are eligible include:
Use the polling place locator, available through yallvote.ms, to find your polling place. Or, if you have questions, contact your county circuit clerk’s office, email the secretary of state's office at ElectionsAnswers@sos.ms.gov or call the elections hotline at 800-829-6786.
If you have questions about getting a voter ID card, email MSVoterID@sos.ms.gov or call 844-678-6837.
Editor’s note: This guide was updated on Nov. 23, 2022, with information about how to vote in Mississippi. The guide was first published on Aug. 3, 2020.
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