Voting Guide

Voter Registration Deadline: postmarked or hand delivered by 30 days before Election Day


  • Primary Election Registration Deadline: February 10

  • Primary Election: March 10

  • General Election Registration Deadline: October 5

  • General  Election: November 3

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.


Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.


You may only be registered and vote in one location.

Mississippi’s voter registration form asks for your Mississippi driver’s license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you are registering to vote in Mississippi for the first time and have neither of these, you must submit with your application a copy of a current and valid photo ID, or a copy of a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.

All Mississippians voting at the polls must show a photo ID. Acceptable photo IDs include:

  • A driver’s license,

  • A U.S. passport,

  • A student photo ID issued by an accredited Mississippi university, college, or community/junior college,

  • A U.S. military ID,

  • A tribal photo ID,

  • A photo ID card issued by a branch, department, or entity of the State of Mississippi or the United States government,

  • A firearms license

  • A government employee ID, and

  • A Mississippi Voter Identification Card.

A full list of acceptable forms of photo ID and a list of accredited colleges and universities can be found at http://msvoterid.ms.gov/Pages/VoterIDAcceptID.htm.

Expired photo IDs may be used at the polls if the ID is a state or federal ID not more than 10 years old.

If you have no acceptable form of photo ID, apply for a Mississippi Voter Identification Card at any Circuit Clerk’s office. More information on the application process and required documents can be found at http://msvoterid.ms.gov/Pages/VoterIDHowtoGetID.htm.

If you choose to vote by mailing an absentee ballot, you do not need to submit a copy of any photo ID.

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at: www.sos.ms.gov/pollingplace/Pages/default.aspx

For more information about voting in Mississippi and COVID-19, please visit https://www.sos.ms.gov/Elections-Voting/Pages/Covid-19-Elections.aspx

Anyone under physician-imposed quarantine or caring for a dependent under physician-imposed quarantine due to COVID-19 can vote by absentee ballot.

You can pick up or return your absentee ballot in person at the Registrar of Voter’s office by 5 p.m. on the Saturday before Election Day.

By Mail

Voters registered in Mississippi may vote by absentee ballot if they will be away from their county of residence on Election Day. Contact your local Circuit or Municipal Clerk’s office to ensure your eligibility and request an application. The application is not available online. Contact the registrar at least two weeks before Election Day.

Applications for absentee ballots may be requested during the 45 days prior to Election Day in person at the county registrar or by mail to the country registrar. Applications by mail must be acknowledged by an official authorized to administer oaths, such as a notary. If you are temporarily or permanently disabled, the application may be witnessed by anyone 18 years or older.

Mailed absentee ballots must be postmarked by Election Day and received by 5 business days following the election.

Absentee ballots can be returned in person to the Registrar’s Office by 12 p.m. on the Saturday before Election Day.

Mailed absentee ballots must be acknowledged by an official authorized to administer oaths, such as a notary. If you are temporarily or permanently disabled, the absentee ballot envelope may be witnessed by anyone 18 years or older.

Early In-Person

Voters can apply for and cast their absentee ballots in person to their local Circuit or Municipal Clerk’s office until noon on the Saturday immediately before a Tuesday election, the Thursday immediately before a Saturday election, or the second day immediately before the date of elections held on other days.

Election Day

Voting sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by the closing time, then you must be allowed to vote.

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:

Federal Financial Aid

Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA.

Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes

Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes.

Tuition Status

Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community.


Will registering to vote in Mississippi affect my driver’s license or car registration?

No, but anyone who has been a resident of Mississippi for 60 days must obtain a Mississippi driver’s license. For more information, visit the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed North Carolina legal professional.
Last updated March 2019