Mississippi offers absentee ballots by mail to voters who will be unable to vote in person. All other voters are expected to vote in person.
Who can vote
You have to register to vote before Election Day in Mississippi.
To register in Mississippi you must:
To register in Mississippi you must:
- be a citizen of the United States
- have lived in Mississippi and in your county (and city, if applicable) 30 days before the election in which you want to vote
- be 18 years old by the time of the general election in which you want to vote
- not have been convicted in a Mississippi court of voter fraud, arson, armed robbery, bigamy, bribery, carjacking, embezzlement, extortion, felony bad check, felony shoplifting, forgery, larceny, murder, obtaining money or goods under false pretense, perjury, rape, receiving stolen property, robbery, statutory rape, theft, timber larceny, larceny under lease or rental agreement, or unlawful taking of motor vehicle (unless having been pardoned, had rights of citizenship restored by the Governor or had suffrage restored by the Legislature)
- not have been declared mentally incompetent by a court
- You can find more information on voting rights restoration here
Vote in person
Due to COVID-19, in-person services may have limited availability. Contact your local election office to confirm. See CDC guidance on safe in-person voting.
Vote on Election Day
Voters in Mississippi can look up where to vote on Mississippi's site.
No early voting
Mississippi does not offer an early voting period. If you will be unable to vote in person on Election Day, you can request an absentee ballot by mail or by visiting your local election office.
What to bring
- You will be asked to show photo ID to vote in Mississippi. Acceptable forms include: Mississippi driver's license or state ID card; US passport; employee ID card issued by any agency of the US government, State of Mississippi, or local government unit in Mississippi; firearms license; student photo ID issued by an accredited Mississippi university, college, or community/junior college; US military ID; a tribal photo ID; photo ID issued by any branch, department, agency or entity of the United States government or any State government; or a Mississippi voter ID card.
- Voters without ID: If you do not have an accepted form of photo ID, you can vote an affidavit ballot. You will then have five (5) business days to show an acceptable form of photo ID, or apply for a Mississippi Voter ID Card, at the Circuit Clerk’s Office.
- For more information, please visit VoteRiders.
Vote by mail
- Contact your local election office to request a ballot by mail.
- Fill out the application completely.
- There is no deadline for requesting an absentee ballot.
- When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
Election Day registration
Mississippi does not offer registration on Election Day.
See what's on the ballot
Learn more about what will be on your ballot by visiting Ballotpedia.
Get step-by-step help
TurboVote can help you start the absentee/mail-in ballot request process, send you election reminders, and more. If you’d like more help planning how to vote, we can walk you through the process!
Military and overseas voters
Active-duty military, their families, and overseas citizens can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). The FPCA process is done by mail, but your state may offer other options to request and return ballots. Please contact your election official for more information about delivery and return methods, including email, fax, and state online portals. To follow the FPCA process:
- Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
- Send the application to your election official.
- It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. .
- Please fill out and send back your ballot as soon as you receive it.
- States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven't received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.
If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:
- You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
- If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.The Federal Voting Assistance Program
Check your voter registration status
Election contact information for Mississippi
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