The deadline to register to vote in the November 3 general election is Monday, October 5; exactly two weeks away. What can you do right now to be prepared for the polls? Check out the voting information from our 2020 Voter Guide below. You can view the full 2020 Voter Guide here.
We also want to hear from you about your voting plans. Please take a moment to fill out our quick survey at the bottom of the page. You can skip ahead to the survey here.
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Register to vote.
Don’t know if you’re registered? Search your name on the Secretary of State’s website and find out if you are registered.
Not registered? The deadline to register to vote in the general election is October 5, 2020 at 5:00 pm.
Applicants who register in-person in the Circuit Clerks’ Offices no later than 5:00 p.m. and those who mail registration applications post-marked no later than October 5 are eligible to vote in the November General Elections. Apply through the Secretary of State’s Office.
Know where to vote.
Find your polling place by visiting the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office and entering your address.
Know what to bring.
What do you need to bring to your polling place or to the Circuit Clerk’s office for absentee voting? Visit the Secretary of State’s list of acceptable forms of ID and find out if you need a Mississippi Voter Identification Card.
Mark your calendar.
Mark your calendar for the General Election day, Tuesday, November 3. Make sure to set a notification so you’re reminded in advance. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
What about early voting?
Mississippi is among the minority of states that do not allow no excuse early voting.
To vote early in Mississippi, a person must be away from home on election day, over age 65 or must have a permanent or temporary disability. During 2020, a person can vote early if under physician-imposed quarantine because of COVID-19 or taking care of someone under a physician-imposed quarantine.
*Lawsuits are currently ongoing over exactly who can vote early under the coronavirus exception.
Absentee voting, in person or by mail, begins today, Sept. 21, in Mississippi.
The absentee ballot became available today, Sept. 21, at the local circuit clerk’s offices. The local circuit clerks also take absentee or early voting requests.
People voting early in person can do so at the local circuit clerks’ offices. People voting early by mail can obtain a ballot request by contacting the local circuit clerks.
The ballot application must be filled out and notarized. When returned, if eligible, the person will then receive a ballot. The ballot also must be notarized under state law.
The mail ballots must be postmarked by the day of the election and must arrive in the circuit clerk’s office no more than five days after the election.