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Where and when do you vote? Everything you need to know to vote in the 2020 election in Mississippi.
This year, there are three initiatives that will be on the ballot: medical marijuana, the state flag design and a Jim Crow era provision.
GENERAL ELECTION: NOVEMBER 3, 2020
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, began Sept. 21 in Mississippi.
The absentee ballot became available 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.
A judge ruled this week that people with pre-existing conditions that may be worsened by the coronavirus can vote early in person or by mail.
The ruling could place the onus on local circuit clerks to make decisions on who can vote early based on their interpretation of the ruling.
Upset with elected officials after COVID-19 halted her business, Delta woman registers people to vote
A Clarksdale woman is hosting voter registration drives across the Delta in hopes of increasing turnout this November and improving quality of life for herself and her town.
Democrats have poured money into Senate races as debate ensues over whether Trump should replace Justice Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.
Hyde-Smith has a slight 41% to 40% lead over Espy in the poll. The same pollster had Hyde-Smith up on Espy 54% to 28% in March.
Less than a month and a half from Election Day, Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith has campaigned very little and has provided virtually no public access.
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Click the links in the drop-downs below to read coverage of each candidate.
We asked the candidates in contested races for U.S. House of Representatives to share their views on several issues such as infrastructure, police funding, public education and more. Click here to view their responses side-by-side.
What are the candidates saying on social media? View the Twitter feeds of the 2020 candidates for U.S. Senate.
What are the candidates saying on social media? View the Twitter feeds of the 2020 candidates for U.S. House of Representatives.
MISSISSIPPI SUPREME COURT
November election could put two black justices on the Supreme Court for first time in Mississippi history
Latrice Westbrooks, one of two African Americans on the Court of Appeals, is challenging long-time Mississippi jurist Kenny Griffis in Central District race for former Chief Justice Bill Waller’s seat.
We asked the Mississippi Supreme Court candidates in contested races why they are running, what they hope to accomplish and if they believe criminal justice reform is needed. Click here to view their responses side-by-side.
- Kenny Griffis*
- Latrice Westbrooks
- Leslie D. King (unopposed)
- Michael Randolph (unopposed)
- Josiah Dennis Coleman*
- Percy L. Lynchard
- President: Phil Collins
- Vice President: Bill Parker
- President: Brock Pierce
- Vice President: Karla Ballard
- President: Kanye West
- Vice President: Michelle Tidball
President: Howie Hawkins
Vice President: Angela Nicole Walker
President: Jo Jorgensen
Vice President: Jeremy “Spike” Cohen
President: Brian Carroll
Vice President: Amar Patel
President: Don Blankenship
Vice President: William Mohr
In the congressional races, all four incumbents — Democrat Bennie Thompson and Republicans Trent Kelly, Michael Guest and Steven Palazzo — advanced to the general election with no runoffs
In addition to president and the Senate race, all four Mississippi congressional seats will also be up for election this year
The real story behind the youth-led event that let attendees hear from presidential campaigns on issues ranging from economic justice, healthcare and education
Along with the races above, voters will also have their say in three different ballot measures: medical marijuana, a new state flag design and removing a Jim Crow-era provision from the state constitution.
Medical marijuana will be on the 2020 ballot, but it’ll be confusing. Mississippi voters will choose between two proposals on November 3.
The state flag commission voted 8-1 to adopt the “New Magnolia” flag over the “Great River” flag, the other finalist.
The 1890 Constitution makes Mississippi the only state where a candidate for statewide office can win a majority of the popular vote and not be elected.
Mississippi is poised to legalize medical marijuana this November. But exactly how it will look is the subject of increasing debate.
View our interactive timeline of how lawmakers voted to remove the Mississippi state flag, the last in the nation featuring the Confederate battle emblem.
Federal judge prods state leaders to address provisions in the Constitution that require the House to decide statewide elections in some instances. Lt. Gov. Hosemann and House Speaker Gunn have indicated they support considering the issue this session