IMPORTANT NOTICE: All General Election information presented here, including dates and deadlines, is accurate as of November 2020. The US General Election on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 has now passed. You can still find information on important dates here, including when ballots must be received by your state.

How to vote in Mississippi

The information on this page applies to the November 3, 2020 General Election. Voting for that election has ended in all states.

Who can vote

You have to register to vote before Election Day in Mississippi.

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
  • *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 registered 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.

Vote by mail

  1. Contact your local election office to request a ballot by mail.
  2. Fill out the application completely.
  3. There is no deadline for requesting an absentee ballot.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.

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!

Election Day registration

Mississippi does not offer registration on Election Day.

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:
  1. 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.
  2. Send the application to your election official.
  3. It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible.
  4. Please fill out and send back your ballot as soon as you receive it.
  5. 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 – FVAP.gov offers additional information on military and overseas voting in Mississippi. You can also call 1-800-438-VOTE or email vote@fvap.gov

Check your voter registration status

You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using Mississippi's voter registration lookup tool.

Election contact information for Mississippi

Address:
Secretary of State
401 Mississippi Street
Jackson, MS 39201

Phone Number:
(601) 576-2550

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