Early &
Mail-in Voting
in Mississippi

Warning: 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.

Note - this information below may change for your state due to ongoing litigation and legislation. This page will be updated within 24 hours of any change.

Vote Before Election Day

Vote Early In Person
Early Voting Begins
Early Voting Ends

Vote By Mail Deadlines

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

In-Person Absentee Voting

You can vote in-person absentee in your state.

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 August 5th at 12 p.m. noon

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 by August 1st.

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 August 5th. 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 August 8th and received by August 15th 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 August 8th. We recommend returning ASAP.

Request Your Ballot See Your Ballot Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

Excuse Needed to Vote Absentee

You need an excuse to request an absentee ballot. Excuses could include being sick or out of town, but it’s best to check with your state directly to see what counts as an excuse.

Remember to Sign Your Return Ballot

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

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.

Use The Right Form of ID

Mississippi voters must show valid photo ID when voting in person. Info here on what qualifies. You do not need to submit a copy of your photo ID when voting by mail. However, usually the notary required to witness your ballot signature will request to see your ID before witnessing your documents. If voting by mail, the voter does not need to submit ID, but the signature on the ballot will be compared to the signature on the voter registration form.

How You Can Return Your Mail-in Ballot

By Mail

You must add a stamp when mailing in your ballot.

In Person

  • Local elections office

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.

Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

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.

Election Protection Hotline

The national, nonpartisan Election Protection coalition was formed to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. Made up of more than 100 local, state and national partners, Election Protection works year-round to advance and defend the right to vote.

Call 866-OUR-VOTE if you need assistance.

More about voting in Mississippi

Find your polling place, ID laws, and more about voting for the first time below.

Voting Info for Mississippi First Time Voter Info