Upcoming Elections in Mississippi

2016 Election Dates and Deadlines

November 8,2016 - General Election Day
Absentee Ballot Begins: Applications for the General Election must be available in the Circuit Clerk’s Office. September 9,2016
Absentee Ballot Request deadline - By Mail: Absentee Ballots must be available in the Circuit Clerks\' Offices. An absentee ballot must be mailedto voters who submit applications before absentee ballots are available. September 24,2016
Absentee Ballot Request deadline - UOCAVA citizens: UOCAVA Absentee Ballot Deadline:Circuit Clerks\' Offices send absentee ballots by mail, e-mail or fax to UOCAVA voters who previously requested an absentee ballot by application, FPCA or FWAB. September 24,2016
Absentee Ballot Request deadline - By Mail: Absentee Ballot Deadline for Permanently Disabled Voters: Circuit Clerks\' Offices mail absentee ballots to voters on the permanently disabled list. September 29,2016
Voter Registration Begins: Voter Registration: Circuit Clerks’ Offices may remain open from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., including the noon hour. October 3,2016
Voter Registration Ends: Voter Registration Deadline, 12:00 p.m. Circuit Clerks\' Offices MUST remain open from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. October 8,2016
Voter Registration deadline - By Mail: Mail-In Registration Applications must be postmarked no later than Saturday, October 8, 2016 October 8,2016
Voter Registration deadline - UOCAVA citizens: UOCAVA Voter Registration Deadline: Circuit Clerks\' Offices must be in actual receipt of a completed FPCA from a UOCAVA voter. October 29,2016
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting ends: In-Person Absentee Voting Deadline, 12:00 p.m. Circuit Clerks\' Offices MUST remain open from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. November 5,2016
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 Circuit Clerk\'s Office. This is not a postmark deadline but an actual receipt deadline. November 7,2016
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 Circuit Clerk\'s Office no later than 7:00 p.m. November 8,2016
Absentee Ballot return deadline : Late 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 9,2016
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

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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

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

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,
  • Identification card, including, but not limited to, an employee identification card containing a photograph of the elect or, issued by a branch, department, agency or entity of the State of Mississippi,
  • United States passport,
  • Employee identification card containing a photograph of the elector issued by any branch, department, agency or entity of the United States government
  • ppi license contaning a photograph of the elector to carry a pistol or revolver,
  • Tribal identification card containing a photograph of the elector,
  • United States military identification card containing a photograph of the elector
  • Student identification card, containing a photograph of the elector, issued by an accredited college, university or community or junior college in the State of Mississippi,
  • Mississippi Voter Identification Card, and
  • Photo identification issued by any branch, department, agency or entity of the United States government or any state government including, but not limited to, a driver’s license issued by a state other than Mississippi.
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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?

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Am I eligible 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?

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