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  Mississippi  

Voting Guide

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

Students have a decision about where to register to vote.


You have a right to register to vote at the address you consider the place where you live, whether that is your family's home or the place where you attend school. You should update your registration anytime this home address changes.


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.

Mississippi required an ID to vote. 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

  • 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://www.sos.ms.gov/voter-id/acceptable.


Expired photo IDs may be used at the polls if the ID was issued by the federal government or a state government, is not more than 10 years old and bears the voter's name and photograph.


Voters without an acceptable form of photo ID apply 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: https://www.sos.ms.gov/voter-id/how-to-get.

Make a plan. Look up your location and polling hours by contacting your circuit court or calling the Election Hotline at 1-800-829-6786.

By Mail

Mississippi requires and excuse to vote by mail. 


Voters may cast a mail ballot if they will be unable to vote in person or are located outside their county of registration on Election Day, including:

  • Students, teachers, or administrators whose employment or studies necessitate their absence from their county of voting residence, or their dependent or spouse who maintains a commom domicile outside the county of voting residence

  • Persons required to be at work on Election Day during the times at which the polls will be open

  • Persons temporarily or permanently physically disabled, which includes those voters under a physician-imposed quarantine due to COVID-19 during the year 2020 or a voter caring for a dependent under a physician-imposed quarantine due to COVID-19 during the year 2020

  • Enlisted or commission members of the United States Armed Forcers, their spouses and/or dependents, who will be absent from their county of residence on Election Day

  • Trained or certified emergency response providers who are deployed on Election Day during any state of emergency declared by the President of the United States or any Governor of any U.S. State, who will be absent from their county of resisdence on Election Day

  • Persons temporarily residing outside the territorial limits of the United States and the District of Columbia


For a full list of eligible voters, visit: https://www.sos.ms.gov/sites/default/files/election_and_voting/County_Elections_Handbook_Final.pdf 


Voters must request a vote-by-mail application directly from their circuit court. Be sure to carefully read the instructions so that you application is received on time. Applications submitted by mail must be acknowledged by an official authorized to administer oaths, such as a notary. Temporarily or permanently disabled voters' applications may be witnessed by anyone 18 years or older.


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


Completed mail ballots must be returned by mail, postmarked on or before Election Day, and received no later than 5 business days after Election Day. 



Early In-Person


Voters who meet the qualifications for voting by mail may alternatively cast their ballot early in person at their local circuit clerk's office until noon on the Saturday immediately before a Tuesday election, noon on the Thursday immediately before a Saturday election, or noon on the second day immediately before the date of elections held on other days.


For more information about voting early in-person, please visit: https://www.sos.ms.gov/sites/default/files/yall_vote_icons/yall_vote_pdfs/Step-by-Step%20Guide%20to%20Absentee%20Voting_forweb.pdf



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