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Upcoming Elections in Mississippi

2016 Election Dates and Deadlines

November 29,2016 - General Runoff
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting starts: Runoff Absentee Voting: Circuit Clerks’ Offices MUST remain open from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. November 19,2016
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting ends: In-Person Runoff Absentee Voting Deadline, 12:00 p.m. Circuit Clerks\' Offices must remain open from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. November 26,2016
Absentee Ballot return deadline - By Mail: Runoff Absentee Ballot by Mail Deadline, 5:00 p.m. Absentee ballots returned by mail must be received by the Circuit Clerk\'s Office. This is not a postmark deadline but an actual receipt deadline. November 28,2016
Absentee Ballot return deadline- UOCAVA citizens: UOCAVA Runoff Absentee Ballot Deadline, 7:00 p.m.: Absentee ballots returned by UOCAVA voters must be received by the Circuit Clerk\'s office no later than 7:00 p.m. November 29,2016
Absentee Ballot return deadline : Late Runoff Absentee Ballots: The applications and unopened absentee ballot envelopes received after the applicable deadline(s) must be stamped with the day and hour of receipt and retained for the period of time required for the preservation of ballots. November 30,2016
May 2,2017 - PRIMARY ELECTION DAY for Municipal Offices
Absentee Ballot Begins: Applications for the Primary Election must be available in the Municipal Clerk’s Office. March 3,2017
Absentee Ballot Request deadline - By Mail: Absentee Ballots must be available in the Municipal Clerks’ Offices. An absentee ballot must be mailed to all voters who submitted an application before absentee ballots were available. March 18,2017
Absentee Ballot Request deadline - UOCAVA citizens: Municipal Clerks’ Offices send absentee ballots for the Primary Election by mail, email or fax to UOCAVA voters who have requested an absentee ballot by application, FPCA or FWAB on or after January 1, 2017. March 18,2017
Voter Registration Begins: Municipal Clerks’ Offices may remain open from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., including the noon hour, for voter registration. March 27,2017
Voter Registration Ends: Voter Registration Deadline, 12:00 p.m.:Municipal Clerks’ Offices MUST remain open from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. for voter registration for the Municipal Primary Election and Primary Runoff Elections. April 1,2017
Absentee Ballot return deadline - By Mail: Mail‐In Registration Applications received by the Municipal Clerks’ Offices must be postmarked no later than Saturday, April 1,2017 to be eligible to vote in the Municipal Primary and Primary Runoff Elections. April 1,2017
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting starts: Absentee Voting: Municipal Clerks’ Offices MUST remain open from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. for in‐person absentee voting in the Primary Election. April 22,2017
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting ends: In‐Person Absentee Voting Deadline, 12:00 p.m.: Municipal Clerks’ Offices MUST remain open from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. for absentee voting in the Primary Election. April 29,2017
Voter Registration Ends: Municipal Clerks’ Offices may remain open from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., including the noon hour, for voter registration. May 1,2017
Absentee Ballot return deadline - By Mail: Absentee Ballot by Mail Deadline, 5:00 p.m.: Absentee ballots returned by mail MUST BE RECEIVED by the Municipal Clerk’s Office no later than 5:00 p.m. This is not a postmark deadline but an actual receipt deadline. May 1,2017
Absentee Ballot return deadline- UOCAVA citizens: UOCAVA Absentee Ballot Deadline, 7:00 p.m.:Absentee ballots returned by UOCAVA voters MUST BE RECEIVED by the Municipal Clerk’s Office no later than 7:00 p.m. on Primary Election Day May 2,2017
Absentee Ballot Request deadline - By Mail: Absentee Ballots must be mailed to all voters who submitted an application before absentee ballots for the Primary Runoff Election were available. May 10,2017
Absentee Ballot Request deadline - UOCAVA citizens: CAVA Absentee Ballots: Municipal Clerks’ Offices send absentee ballots for the Primary Runoff Election by mail, email or fax to UOCAVA voters who have requested an absentee ballot by application, FPCA or FWAB. May 10,2017
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting ends: In‐Person Absentee Voting Deadline, 12:00 p.m.: Municipal Clerks’ Offices MUST remain open from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. for absentee voting in the Primary Runoff Election. May 13,2017
May 16,2017 - PRIMARY RUNOFF ELECTION DAY for Municipal Offices
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting starts: Absentee Voting: Municipal Clerks’ Offices MUST remain open from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. for in‐person absentee voting in the Primary Runoff Election. May 6,2017
Absentee Ballot return deadline - By Mail: Absentee Ballot by Mail Deadline, 5:00 p.m.: Absentee ballots returned by mail MUST BE RECEIVED by the Municipal Clerk’s Office no later than 5:00 p.m. This is not a postmark deadline but an actual receipt deadline. May 15,2017
Absentee Ballot return deadline- UOCAVA citizens: UOCAVA Absentee Ballot Deadline, 7:00 p.m.: Absentee ballots returned by UOCAVA voters MUST BE RECEIVED by the Municipal Clerk’s Office no later than 7:00 p.m. on Primary Runoff Election Day. May 16,2017
June 6,2017 - GENERAL ELECTION DAY: Polls open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Voter Registration Ends: Voter Registration Deadline, 12:00 p.m.: Municipal Clerks’ Offices MUST remain open from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. for voter registration for the Municipal General Election. May 6,2017
Absentee Ballot Request deadline - By Mail: Mail‐In Registration Applications received by the Municipal Clerks’ Offices must be postmarked no later than Saturday, May 6, 2017 to be eligible to vote in the Municipal General Election. May 6,2017
Absentee Ballot Request deadline - UOCAVA citizens: AVA Absentee Ballots: Municipal Clerks’ Offices send absentee ballots for the General Election by mail, email or fax to UOCAVA voters who have requested an absentee ballot by application, FPCA or FWAB. May 24,2017
Absentee Ballot Begins: entee Ballots must be available in the Municipal Clerks’ Offices. An absentee ballot must be mailed to all voters who submitted an application before absentee ballots for the General Election were available. May 24,2017
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting starts: Absentee Voting: Municipal Clerks’ Offices MUST remain open from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. for in‐person absentee voting in the General Election. May 27,2017
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting ends: In‐Person Absentee Voting Deadline, 12:00 p.m.: Municipal Clerks’ Offices MUST remain open from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. for absentee voting in the General Election. June 3,2017
Absentee Ballot return deadline - By Mail: Absentee Ballot by Mail Deadline, 5:00 p.m.: Absentee ballots returned by mail MUST BE RECEIVED by the Municipal Clerk’s Office no later than 5:00 p.m. This is not a postmark deadline but an actual receipt deadline. June 5,2017
Absentee Ballot return deadline- UOCAVA citizens: UOCAVA Absentee Ballot Deadline, 7:00 p.m.: Absentee ballots returned by UOCAVA voters MUST BE RECEIVED by the Municipal Clerks’ Offices no later than 7:00 p.m. on General Election Day. June 6,2017
Mayoral Elections and Others
  • Electoral College Election
December 19, 2016

Can I Take Time Off For Voting?

Time off to vote is subject to the employer. Mississippi law does not require employers to grant time off to vote for employees.

Voting At The Polls On Election Day

Mississippi's voter ID law

An elector who votes in person in a primary or general election shall present government-issued photo identification before being allowed to vote. Voters who live and vote in a state-licensed care facility are exempt.

Beginning with Elections held in the State of Mississippi occurring on or after June 3, 2014, each qualified elector, who is not exempt from these requirements and who appears in person to vote by absentee ballot in the Registrar’s Office or Municipal Clerk’s Office, or who appears to vote at his or her polling place on an election day, must identify himself or herself by presenting Acceptable Photographic Identification before the elector may cast his or her ballot and vote

Acceptable Photographic Identification' means a current and valid:

  • Mississippi driver’s license,
  • A photo ID card issued by a branch, department, or entity of the State of Mississippi
  • A United States passport
  • A government employee ID card
  • A firearms license
  • A student photo ID issued by an accredited Mississippi university, college, or community/junior college
  • A United States military ID
  • A tribal photo ID
  • Any other photo ID issued by any branch, department, agency or entity of the United States government or any State government
  • A Mississippi Voter Identification Card

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Poll Hours: 7:00 AM-7:00 PM

23-15-541. Hours polls to be open: At all elections, the polls shall be opened at seven o'clock in the morning and be kept open until seven o'clock in the evening and no longer.

How can I find my polling location?

If you do not know where your polling place is,you can use www.sos.ms.gov to locate your polling place. If you have any issues or questions, please contact your County Clerk

Am I eligible To Vote in Mississippi?

Most States require citizens to be registered in order to vote. Make sure you understand the voter registration requirements of your State of residence. Check if you are eligible to vote in Mississippi

How/Where Do I Register To Vote in Mississippi?

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What's on Mississippi ballot in 2016

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Who Can Vote in Primaries in Mississippi?

Primary elections are one means by which a political party nominates candidates for the next general election. Check if you are eligible to vote in Primary Elections in Mississippi

Can I Register To Vote At The Polls On Election Day?

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Am I eligible To Vote Absentee Ballot in Mississippi?

Most States allow voters to vote using an absentee ballot under certain circumstances. Do you know if you are eligible to vote absentee ballot and how to vote absentee ballot in Mississippi? Check on the requirements for requesting and returning an absentee ballot

If My Address Has Changed Do I Need To Re-register To Vote?

When you register to vote, your voter registration is linked to your residential address. When registered voters move, they are supposed to update their registration records with election officials before voting Check if you need to re-register to vote