How to Vote in Mississippi's 2022 Elections

Posted on 05/27/22 by Jessica Ravitz

En español | Mississippi’s June 7 primaries will determine which candidates appear on November’s general election ballot for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Nonpartisan seats for various courts will be selected in November.

Essential info:

  • Mail-in absentee voting: Mail-in absentee ballots are only available to some voters, including people who are permanently or temporarily disabled, who are temporarily living outside their county or who are age 65 or older.  
  • Early in-person absentee voting: This option is only available to people who qualify, including voters who need to work on Election Day, those who will be away from their county of residence and anyone 65 or older.  
  • In-person voting on Election Day: The state’s primary election is Tuesday, June 7; that date is also the general election for the board of levee commissioners. The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls on both dates will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
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How do I register to vote?

Mississippians can register to vote by mail or in person. 

The deadline to register is May 9 for the primary election and Oct. 10 for the November general election. If you are mailing your registration application, it must be postmarked by those deadlines. 

You can check your voter registration status on the www.yallvote.ms website. 

Does my party affiliation matter when I vote?

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 election goes to a runoff election, you must stick with the same party. 

In the general election, voters use the same ballot, regardless of party affiliation. 
 

How can I get a mail-in absentee ballot? Are there important deadlines?

Only certain people qualify to vote absentee using a mail-in ballot. They include: 

  • Voters temporarily living outside their county of residence  
  • Voters who, due to a temporary or permanent physical disability, are unable to vote in person  
  • The parent, spouse or dependent of anyone hospitalized more than 50 miles away from his or her home, if that voter is with the hospitalized person on Election Day  
  • Anyone age 65 or older  

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. Absentee ballot applications will be available starting April 8 for the primary election and Sept. 9 for the general election. 

On the application, indicate your reason you need an absentee mail-in ballot, and have a witness, such as a notary public, sign it. Mail the application to your county circuit clerk’s office, which will send you an official ballot. The ballot will also require a witness signature and will give instructions about who qualifies.  

Mail-in absentee ballots are available at county circuit clerk’s office 45 days prior to an election. They’ll be sent to eligible voters starting April 23 for the primary election and Sept. 24 for the general election. Completed ballots must be returned by mail and must be postmarked on or before Election Day, so June 7 for the primary and Nov. 8 for the general election. These ballots must be received by county circuit clerks by 5 p.m. on June 14 for the primary and by 5 p.m. on Nov. 15 for the general election. 

Additional information about absentee voting can be found on www.yallvote.ms

Can I track my absentee ballot?

This depends on your county election officials. Contact your county circuit clerk’s office to see if absentee ballot tracking is available. 

Can I vote in person before Election Day?

Mississippi offers in-person absentee voting, but only to those who qualify. 

There are several categories under state law that might make you eligible to vote in person as an absentee voter. Some of those who qualify include: 

  • College students who are outside their county of residence 
  • Voters who are required to be away for work or otherwise on Election Day 
  • People who are physically disabled 
  • Anyone age 65 or older 
  • Those who need to be at work during Election Day poll hours 

In-person absentee voting is available during normal business hours at your county circuit clerk’s office, starting April 23 for the primary election and Sept. 24 for the general election. Your county circuit clerk’s office will also be open from 8 a.m. to noon on the two Saturdays before each election to accommodate people who can’t cast an in-person absentee ballot during the week. 

More information about voting absentee in person is on www.yallvote.ms

When is Election Day? When are polls open?

The state’s primary election is Tuesday, June 7; the general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls on both dates will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. As long as you are in line by 7 p.m., you will be able to cast your ballot. 

Use the polling place locator, available through www.yallvote.ms, to find your polling place. Or, if you have questions about where to vote, contact your county circuit clerk’s office or reach out to the secretary of state’s elections hotline at 800-829-6786. 

Do I need identification to vote?

Yes, Mississippi law requires voters to present a photo ID card before casting a ballot. 

Acceptable forms of identification, as outlined on the www.yallvote.ms site, include: 

  • A driver’s license 
  • A photo ID card issued by a Mississippi state branch or department 
  • A United States passport 
  • A government employee ID card 
  • A firearms license 
  •  A student photo ID from an accredited Mississippi school, including universities, colleges and community/junior colleges 
  • A U.S. military ID card 
  • A tribal photo ID card 
  • Any other photo ID card issued by the U.S. or state government 
  • A Mississippi voter ID card, which can easily be acquired for free 

If you need help or have questions about getting a voter ID card, email MSVoterID@sos.ms.gov or call 844-MSVoter (844-678-6837). 
 

What races are on the ballot in 2022?

  • U.S. House: all 4 seats 
  • Court of Appeals: 3 seats 
  • Trial courts: seats on county, circuit and chancery courts 
  • Levee commissioner: Bolivar, Humphreys, Sharkey and Washington counties 

Editor’s note: This guide was updated on March 15 to highlight essential information about how to vote in 2022. The guide was first published on Aug. 3, 2020.

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This story is provided by AARP Mississippi. Visit the AARP Mississippi page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

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