Absentee Voting: Voters who are over 65 years of age, permanently or temporarily disabled, or temporarily residing outside the county are eligible to cast an absentee ballot via mail or in person. Other voters who will be outside the county on election day or meet other certain criteria may cast an absentee ballot in person in the clerk's office. Absentees are available 45 days prior to an election, and the deadline for casting those ballots will be noon on the Saturday immediately preceding the Election Day.
Special accommodations are made for US citizens living temporarily abroad and active duty military and their spouse. These voters may vote by several different means, including by email or online. Voters who meet these requirements are encouraged to submit a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) as soon as possible. Each FPCA will be active for all elections in the calendar year in which it is received.
Absentee ballots are now a final vote. Once an absentee ballot has been issued to a voter, they will be unable to vote a regular ballot at the polling place. However, these voters will be allowed to cast an affidavit ballot instead. Should there be a problem with the absentee ballot which causes it to be rejected, the affidavit ballot will be examined by the resolution board to determine if it should be counted.
Frequently Asked Questions: How do I register to vote?
Any person who has not been declared mentally incompetent, who is or will be 18 years of age on or before the next general election, and has not been convicted of a disenfranchising felony crime may register to vote in the county in which they reside. All voters must be registered no later than 30 days prior to an election.
Where can I register to vote?
You may stop by the Circuit Clerk's office during regular business hours and register. You may also register when obtaining a driver's license or when applying for certain assistance programs. You may also download a registration form here and mail to the Circuit Clerk.
What do I need to register to vote?
You will be asked to provide your full (including maiden) name, physical and mailing address, date of birth, social security number and/or Mississippi driver's license number. You will also be asked if you have ever registered anywhere before.
What will I need when I go vote?
All Mississippi voters must provide current and valid government issued photo identification when voting, or they will be required to vote by affidavit ballot. Most voters present their driver's license. Should you require a voter identification card, you must contact our office at (601) 928-5246. You may visit the Secretary of State's website for more information regarding voter identification in Mississippi.
I've moved and need to update my voter registration. Can I do that online?
Yes! Visit the Secretary of State's Y'all Vote website to update your registration online and at your convenience. Changes must be made no later than 30 days prior to an upcoming election cycle.