Voting in Mississippi
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- 1 Registration
- 2 Voting on Election Day
- 3 Absentee voting
- 4 Early voting
- 5 Election policy ballot measures
- 6 Recent news
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
For full information about voting in Mississippi, contact the state election agency.
You must meet the following requirements to qualify for voter registration in Mississippi:
Be a U.S. citizen. Be at least 18 years old by the next general election. Be a resident of Mississippi and your county for at least 30 days. NOT declared mentally incompetent by a court. NOT convicted of a felony.
—Mississippi Department of Motor Vehicles
When and where
The deadline for registration is 30 days prior to the election.
In Mississippi, you can register to vote by mail and in person.
Just submit a completed Mississippi Voter Registration Application to the office of your local county circuit clerk or Mississippi DPS office when completing a driver’s license transaction.
If you’re registering for the first time by mail and do not have a driver’s license or Social Security number, you must enclose:
—Mississippi Department of Motor Vehicles
As of May 2015, Mississippi is one of 30 states that have not implemented full online voter registration.
Voting on Election Day
- See also: Voter identification laws by state
Voters are required to present photo identification in order to vote in person. A photo ID is not required to vote absentee.
Mississippi's 2011 voter ID constitutional amendment required an implementing statute and faced United States Department of Justice (DOJ) pre-clearance before it could take effect. In October 2012, the DOJ requested additional information about the law. Mississippi voters, therefore, did not have to show proof of identification to vote in the November 6, 2012 elections. In January 2013, proposed administrative rules for the voter photo identification law were submitted to the DOJ for approval. These rules included a provision allowing for voters who lack an acceptable photo ID to obtain a free voter photo ID card by presenting the same identification materials accepted when a person registers to vote. Once Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act was overturned by the United States Supreme Court on July 25, 2013, federal pre-approval was no longer required. As a result, the 2011 voter ID amendment went into effect. The voter ID law was used for the first time for the June 3, 2014 primary.
- See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times
- See also: Absentee voting
You are eligible to vote absentee in an election if you cannot make it to the polls on Election Day for one of the following reasons:
There is no specific deadline for applying for an absentee ballot. The ballot must be returned by 5 p.m. on the day before the election.
Military and overseas voting
For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.
- See also: Early voting
Mississippi is one of 14 states that do not allow early voting.
Election policy ballot measures
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Ballotpedia has tracked the following ballot measures relating to election and campaign policy in Mississippi.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the terms "Mississippi voting."
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Elections in Mississippi
- Mississippi elections, 2016
- Mississippi elections, 2015
- Mississippi elections, 2014
- Mississippi elections, 2013
- Mississippi elections, 2012
- Mississippi Election Code, "Section 23-15-575," accessed January 3, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Department of Motor Vehicles, "Mississippi Voter Registration," accessed January 23, 2015
- Mississippi Secretary of State, "Mississippi Voter ID - Easy & Free," accessed June 10, 2014
- Clarion Ledger, "No voter ID ruling before election," October 2, 2012
- Y'all Politics, "Voter ID Implementation Procedures sent to Dept. of Justice for Approval," January 29, 2013
- Washington Post, "The state of voting rights’ fights in the states," August 28, 2013
- WTVA, "Hosemann: No voter ID in Mississippi until next year," October 10, 2013
- Times Daily, "Mississippi using voter ID law," June 1, 2014
- Mississippi Secretary of State, "2014 Elections Calendar," accessed January 3, 2014
- Long Distance Voter, "Mississippi Absentee Ballot Guide," accessed December 19, 2013
- National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "Absentee and Early Voting," accessed December 19, 2013
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