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How to Register to Vote

1. Get the voter registration form.

Download and print the Mississippi registration application online or call 1-800-829-6786 to have one sent to you.

Get the form


2. Fill out the form

Steps 1–2 · Select “New Registration” or “Change of Information” and fill in the circles if you’re a US citizen and will be 18 years old by Election Day, Nov 8

Step 3 · Provide your name

Step 4 · Provide your address

Step 5 · Provide your mailing address (if different from Step 4)

Step 6 · Provide your birthday

Step 7 · Provide your Mississippi driver’s license number. If you don’t have a Mississippi driver’s license, provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security number.

  • If you don’t have a Social Security number or Mississippi driver’s license, include a copy of a current and valid photo ID or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address

Step 8 · (Optional) Provide your previous name and/or address if you were previously registered under a different name or address and are updating your registration information.

Step 9 · Sign and date the form


3. Send the form.

Your completed form must be postmarked by Oct 8 and mailed to your county election office


Check if you’re registered to vote

Call your county election office

1. Get the voter registration form.

Pick up the registration form at your county election office


2. Fill out the form

Steps 1–2 · Select “New Registration” or “Change of Information” and fill in the circles if you’re a US citizen and will be 18 years old by Election Day, Nov 8

Step 3 · Provide your name

Step 4 · Provide your address

Step 5 · Provide your mailing address (if different from Step 4)

Step 6 · Provide your birthday

Step 7 · Provide your Mississippi driver’s license number. If you don’t have a Mississippi driver’s license, provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security number.

Step 8 · (Optional) Provide your previous name and/or address if you were previously registered under a different name or address and are updating your registration information

Step 9 · Sign and date the form


3. Return the form.

Your completed form must be submitted in person by Oct 8 at 12 PM to your county election office


Check if you’re registered to vote

Call your county election office

Registration requirements

  • Be a US citizen
  • Live at your Mississippi address by Oct 9
  • Be 18 years old by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Never have been convicted of certain specific crimes, or if convicted have had your voting rights restored
  • Not currently be judged incompetent by a court
Mail
October 8

In Person
October 8

How to Vote

Vote early
Sep 26–Nov 5

Vote by absentee ballot at your County Election Office


Vote on Election Day
Nov 8

Polls are open 7 AM–7 PM. If you’re in line at your polling location by 7 PM, you’re allowed to vote.


Who can vote early

You can vote early by mail or in person using an absentee ballot if you meet one of the following qualifications:

  • You’ll be away from your county on Election Day
  • You’ll be unable to vote in person because you’re required to be at work on Election Day, Nov 8 from 7 AM to 7 PM
  • You’re 65 years old or older
  • You’re a student, teacher or administrator at a college, university, junior college, high, junior high, or elementary grade school, and will be away from the county on Election Day (or you’re the spouse or dependent who lives with a student, teacher or administrator)
  • You have a temporary or permanent physical disability, and are unable to vote in person without substantial hardship, or voting in person could cause danger to yourself or others
  • You’re the parent, spouse or dependent of a person with a temporary or permanent physical disability who is hospitalized outside his county or more than 50 miles away from his home, and you’ll be with that person on Election Day
  • You’re a member of the congressional delegation, or spouse or dependent of a member of the congressional delegation
  • You’re required to be away from your home on Election Day due to your job as an employee of a member of the Mississippi congressional delegation (or the spouse or dependents of such person living with such person)
Who can vote by mail

You can vote early by mail or in person using an absentee ballot if you meet one of the following qualifications:

  • You’ll be away from your county on Election Day
  • You’ll be unable to vote in person because you’re required to be at work on Election Day, Nov 8 from 7 AM to 7 PM
  • You’re 65 years old or older
  • You’re a student, teacher or administrator at a college, university, junior college, high, junior high, or elementary grade school, and will be away from the county on Election Day (or you’re the spouse or dependent who lives with a student, teacher or administrator)
  • You have a temporary or permanent physical disability, and are unable to vote in person without substantial hardship, or voting in person could cause danger to yourself or others
  • You’re the parent, spouse or dependent of a person with a temporary or permanent physical disability who is hospitalized outside his county or more than 50 miles away from his home, and you’ll be with that person on Election Day
  • You’re a member of the congressional delegation, or spouse or dependent of a member of the congressional delegation
  • You’re required to be away from your home on Election Day due to your job as an employee of a member of the Mississippi congressional delegation (or the spouse or dependents of such person living with such person)


1. Get the absentee ballot application

Request an absentee ballot application by contacting your County Election Office by phone, mail, or in person


2. Fill out the application

Steps 1-2 · Provide your name and county

Step 3 · Select the reason you’re applying for an absentee ballot

Step 4 · Provide the address where you want your ballot mailed

Step 5 · Sign and date the form

The form must be notarized, unless you’re disabled. If you’re disabled, the form must be signed by a witness.

3. Submit the form

Mail the signed and notarized form to your County Election Office so it’s received by Nov 5


4. Vote
  • Once you receive your ballot, follow the instructions to fill out the ballot and return envelope so it’s received by 5 PM on Nov 7
  • Check the status of your ballot through your county on sos.ms.gov
Absentee ballot received by
November 7

Vote early
Sep 26–Nov 5

Vote by absentee ballot at your County Election Office


Vote on Election Day
November 8

Polls are open 7 AM–7 PM. If you’re in line at your polling location by 7 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

Voting requirements
  • Be registered to vote in Mississippi. Call your county election office to check if you’re registered.
  • Be a US citizen
  • Be 18 by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Live at a Mississippi address
  • Never have been convicted of vote fraud
  • Not be in jail or on parole for certain listed felonies
  • Not currently judged incompetent by a court

ID requirements

Bring one of the following:

  • A Mississippi driver’s license or ID card issued by the State of Mississippi
  • A current US passport
  • A current employee ID card issued by any agency of the US government, State of Mississippi, or local government unit in Mississippi
  • A current student ID card containing a photograph issued by an accredited institution of higher education in Mississippi
  • A current US military ID card
  • A valid tribal ID card containing a photograph
  • A current and valid Mississippi license to carry a gun

Frequently Asked Questions

No. In-person early voting is not allowed.
You do not need to include ID if you’ve already voted in your county at least once. If you’re a first-time voter in your county, and you did not include your Mississippi driver’s license or a copy of your ID with your voter registration form, you must include a copy with your absentee ballot application. Acceptable ID includes: a copy of a current and valid photo ID that shows OR a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and Mississippi address.