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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
10/24/2020
Early Voting Begins
10/31/2020
Early Voting Ends

Vote By Mail Deadlines

11/02/2020
Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
11/03/2020
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 Oct. 31st at 5 p.m.

How Vote By Mail Works in Mississippi

Voting by mail is a two step process in Mississippi. Step 1: Request your ballot NOW. The deadline for your application to be received is Nov. 2nd - but you should apply well before that.

  • You must have a qualifying excuse in Mississippi to vote by mail. Info here on what qualfies.
  • COVID-19 only qualifies as an excuse for voters that are under a physician's quarantine order.
  • You must have your absentee ballot application witnessed by a notary.
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 Nov. 3rd.
  • Or stamp and mail your ballot.  Ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 3rd and received by November 10th 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 Nov. 3rd. 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.

COVID-19 may be a qualifying excuse if you have underlying medical or health conditions that make you more susceptible to contracting COVID-19 or at greater risk should your contract it or are the caregiver of someone that qualfies.

Remember to Sign Your Return Ballot

Wait! Don't sign your ballot until you find a notary or other official authorized to administer oath. 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.

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
Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

Make Sure Your Mail-in Vote Counts

Your state does not offer voters a chance to address challenges to their ballot. Your ballot will not count if it is late, or you do not follow directions.

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.

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