Voting in Mississippi

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General Election

General Election Date
Voter Registration Deadline (in-person, by mail - postmarked)

Vote By Mail Deadlines

Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
Deadline to Return Ballot (Postmarked By)

Early Voting Dates

Early Voting Begins
Early Voting Ends

Polling place hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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How to Vote in Mississippi

Learn about all the options to vote in Mississippi to make a plan to vote that works for you!

Frequently Asked Questions

Mississippi Board of Elections Phone Number: (800) 829-6786

Mississippi Board of Elections Website

Having trouble at the polls?

Call or text: 1-866-OUR-VOTE

Register to Vote in Mississippi

Whether you are registering to vote for the first time, or need to update your address, name or party affiliation - we've got you covered!

Am I Registered?

Not sure if you are eligible to vote due to a felony conviction?
Click here to learn more.

Mississippi Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely! You can check your voter registration online on Mississippi’s elections office website here, or you can contact the Board of Elections at 601-359-9372.

It can take several weeks. Most states send out voter registration cards within 5 to 7 weeks after receiving the registration. If you do not receive a registration card in the mail, contact your state election office to confirm you are registered. Find your state’s contact information in our How to Vote in Your State section on this page! In any event, you should verify your registration a week prior to the voter registration deadline in your state in case you need to fill out a new registration form or correct your form.

Elections take place all the time throughout the year, and odds are, you probably have an election coming up in your state! In addition to the presidential election and midterm elections, you have statewide, countywide and municipal elections that you can make your voice heard in. Make sure you know when your upcoming elections are so that you don’t miss a single one! Check out when your next election is here.

Your state provides an online ballot tracking system. You can track your ballot here!

YES you are able to register to vote at your student address. You should provide your official campus mailing address as well as the actual physical address of your on or off campus residence when registering to vote. You must have some sort of proof of address and residency that can be presented at your polling place (mail, a student ID, etc.). For more information, we suggest visiting your state’s elections office website. Remember: you can only register to vote and vote in one place, whether that is your student address or your home address!

YES, unhoused voters can register to vote and use their voice in Mississippi’s elections. Unhoused voters or voters without a permanent address may list a shelter address, street corner, or park as their address. For more information on voting while unhoused, visit our friends at the National Coalition for the Homeless.

YES. In this case you must register at the last address you had before you left the USA, or at the address to which you will return to when returning to the USA (you must present some indication of a present intent to return and live there – e.g. vehicle registration, driver’s license, property ownership, family, etc). If you have never had a permanent address in the United States but are a citizen you are allowed to register at an address you plan on moving to or an address where you currently have family living. Access more information on voting overseas here.

You may call the voting rights hotline at 866 687-8683, if informing another poll worker isn’t successful. They have lawyers ready to help you. Additionally, you can call the civil rights division of the U.S Department of Justice.

You can also find Mississippi’s elections office here and contact them by phone at 601-359-9372.

Vote By Mail

Request and track

Notice: Mail-in voting is a convenient and safe way to vote, but your ballot might not count if it’s submitted late or with errors. So follow the directions below on how to vote early or absentee and make your vote count in Mississippi.

Vote By Mail Deadlines

Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
Deadline to Return Ballot (Postmarked By)

Excuse required to vote by mail.

How Vote By Mail Works in Mississippi

Voting by mail is a two step process in Mississippi.

Step 1: Request your ballot NOW. There is no deadline but we recommend you apply no later than seven days before Election Day.

Step 2: Complete and return your ballot ASAP.

  • Make sure to sign your ballot in front of a notary. They must sign it too.
  • Or return in-person to your circuit clerk's office on or before March 12th at 5 p.m. If using this method, you must complete your ballot in the presence of your circuit clerk.
  • Or stamp and mail your ballot.  Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day and received by seven days after Election Day to be counted. To make your postmark date, put the ballot into your home mailbox for collection at least one day prior to ensure it is picked up and processed. You can also drop the ballot off at the post office before the last posted collection time on Election Day. We recommend returning ASAP.

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Witness or Notary Requirement

Wait! Don't sign your ballot until you find a notary or other authorized oath administrator. You must sign the affidavit on the return envelope in the presence of a notary. They must sign the ballot, too.

If you are temporary or permanently physically disabled you may have the ballot witnessed by a person who is at least 18 years of age.

Where to Sign Your Ballot

Remember to sign your return ballot.

The voter’s affidavit on the back on the envelope.

How You Can Return Your Mail-in Ballot

If you return your ballot by mail, you must add a stamp when mailing in your ballot.

You can also drop off your ballot in person at your local elections office.

Can Someone Else Return Your Ballot For You?

Any designated person can drop off a ballot at the post office*.


*Note that no one may return ballots in person, all ballots must be mailed.

Haven't used your ballot?

If you did not use your absentee ballot and would like to vote in person, simply go to your polling site and vote in-person ballot on Election Day. You may have to use a provisional ballot but this is better than not voting.

Opportunities to Fix Challenges to Your Ballot

Mississippi does offer voters a chance to address challenges to their ballot.

Your state has a cure period, which means you can “cure” a challenge to the signature on your ballot if it was done incorrectly. Your local elections office is required to contact you and give you options to remedy your ballot. Your absentee cure form must be returned by 12:00 p.m. on the 10th day after Election Day.

You may get a call from a number you do not recognize with a notification that you need to cure your ballot. Be sure to pick so you don’t miss your chance to make sure your vote is counted.

Voter ID

Do Voters Need ID?

Mississippi voters  need to show ID at the polls. A photo ID with the voter’s name can be expired by as much as 10 years as long as it is issued by the federal or a state government. Valid forms of identification include;

  • Mississippi driver’s license
  • Mississippi non-driver ID card
  • Driver’s license from any other state
  • Identification card, including, but not limited to, an employee identification card containing a photograph of the elector, issued by a branch, department, agency or entity of the State of Mississippi
  • US Passport
  • Government employee ID card
  • Firearms license
  • Tribal ID card
  • US military ID
  • Student ID issued by an accredited university, college, or junior college
  • Mississippi voter ID card

Voter ID in Mississippi

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Automatic Registration

Your state automatically registers people to vote at the address on their drivers license or other state issued ID card. If you have moved but have not updated your ID with your new address, changed your name or want to add a political party selection, you must update your voter registration. Click here to check to see if you are registered to vote, and update your registration if needed.

Election Day Registration

You can register to vote and cast your ballot on Election Day at your polling place or local elections office. Bring a valid ID and proof of residence with you.

In-Person Absentee Voting

In-Person Absentee Dates

Voting Begins
Voting Ends

You can vote in-person absentee in Mississippi

In Mississippi, you may vote early at your circuit clerk's office if you have a qualifying excuse. The deadline to vote in person absentee, or to return a completed ballot by mail in person, is November 4th at 12 p.m. noon


Some states have laws that specifically allow citizens to preregister at a certain age while others allow registration as long as you’re 18 by the next election. Preregistration means you’ll be automatically registered to vote on your 18th birthday without taking any additional steps.

In Mississippi, you can preregister to vote if you are 18 by election day. Register to vote today!

Some states even let you vote in their primaries at 17 if you’ll be 18 by the general election so you can participate in the whole process!

You can vote in the Mississippi primaries if you are 17 by the next election.