Voting in Mississippi

By Aaron Rice
September 23, 2020

Mississippians will cast their votes for president, a United States Senate race, each Congressional seat, medical marijuana, a new state flag, and more on November 3.

Here’s a breakdown to make it easier to vote. 

Who can vote in Mississippi?

Every U.S. citizen who possesses the following qualifications is eligible to register to vote in Mississippi: 

  • A resident of Mississippi and the county, city, or town for 30 days prior to the election; 
  • At least 18 years old (or will be 18 by the date of the next General Election); 
  • Not declared mentally incompetent by a court; and 
  • Not convicted of a disenfranchising crime as defined by Section 241 of the Mississippi Constitution or by Attorney General Opinion, unless pardoned, rights of citizenship restored by the Governor or suffrage rights restored by the Legislature. 

How do I register to vote?

You can register to vote in person or by mail in Mississippi. Regardless of the option you select, you must register by Monday, October 5. If you are registering by mail, it must be postmarked by that date. 

To register by mail, you must complete a mail-in voter registration application. Provide the information requested, including your driver’s license number and/or the last four digits of your Social Security number. Then, send your Mail-In Voter Registration Application to the Circuit Clerk’s Office located in the county of your residence. 

Want a mail-in voter registration form? Click here

You can register in person at the Circuit Clerk’s Office, Municipal Clerk’s Office, Department of Public Safety, or any state or federal agency offering government services, such as the Department of Human Services. 

What forms of photo ID are required to vote?

All voters must show photo identification when voting in person. Any of the following photo IDs may be used: 

  • A driver’s license 
  • A photo ID issued by a branch, department or entity of the State of Mississippi 
  • A United States passport 
  • A government employee ID card 
  • A firearms license 
  • A student photo ID issued by an accredited Mississippi university, college or community/junior college 
  • A United States military ID 
  • A tribal photo ID 
  • Any other photo ID issued by any branch, department, agency or entity of the United States government or any State government 
  • A Mississippi Voter Identification Card 

Expired identification cards are acceptable as long as they have not been expired for more than 10 years. 

How do I find my precinct?

Every address is located within a specific precinct and polling place. Not sure how to find your precinct? Click here to enter your address and find your polling place.

How do I vote absentee?

Some registered voters are eligible to vote by an absentee ballot because of age, health, work demands, temporary relocation for educational purposes, or their affiliation with the U.S. Armed Forces. Please check with your Circuit or Municipal Clerk to determine if you are entitled to vote by an absentee ballot and to learn the procedures for doing so. 

And this year the legislature added COVID-19 patients under physician-imposed quarantine, or anyone caring for a dependent who is such a patient, as eligible to vote absentee.

If you know you will vote by an absentee ballot, you may contact your Circuit or Municipal Clerk’s Office at any time within 45 days of the election. 


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