CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated when in-person absentee voting began. It starts 45 days before each election.

County circuit clerks’ offices will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 29, for the start of Saturday in-person absentee voting for the Nov. 8 general election.

The last day for in-person absentee voting is Saturday, Nov. 5, when clerk’s offices will also be open from 8 a.m. to noon.

All mail-in absentee ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 8 and received by county circuit clerks’ offices within five business days after election day in order to be counted.

As of Sunday, Oct. 23, Secretary of State Michael Watson reported a total of 17,693 absentee ballots requested, 16,884 absentee ballots sent and 10,186 absentee ballots received for the 2022 general election. In-person absentee voting begins 45 days before elections.

For questions regarding absentee voting, contact the Mississippi secretary of state Elections Division at, call the Elections Hotline at 1-800-829-6786, or visit

On the ballot:

Congressional races:

  • 1st District incumbent Republican Trent Kelly faces Democrat Dianne Dodson Black.
  • 2nd District incumbent Democrat Bennie Thompson faces Republican Brian Flowers.
  • 3rd District incumbent Republican Michael Guest faces Democrat Shuwaski Young.
  • Republican Mike Ezell, Democrat Johnny DuPree and Libertarian Alden Patrick Johnson face off in the 4th District.

The ballot also will include judicial races. Four Court of Appeals races are on the ballot. In the only contested Court of Appeals race, incumbent 4th District Judge Virginia Carlton is being challenged by Bruce Burton.

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Geoff Pender serves as senior political reporter, working closely with Mississippi Today leadership on editorial strategy and investigations. Pender brings 30 years of political and government reporting experience to Mississippi Today. He was political and investigative editor at the Clarion Ledger, where he also penned a popular political column. He previously served as an investigative reporter and political editor at the Sun Herald, where he was a member of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team for Hurricane Katrina coverage. Originally from Florence, Mississippi, Pender is a journalism graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and has received numerous awards throughout his career for reporting, columns and freedom of information efforts.