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Mississippi

Population

2,976,149

Voting-Age Pop.

2,228,659

Last Presidential Election (2016)
Clinton 40 %
Trump 58 %
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Important Dates

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Election Date

Nov 3, 2020

Registration Deadline

Oct 5, 2020

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USPS recommends mailing your ballot no later than October 27.

Source: USPS.com


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  • Online Registration

    No
  • Early Voting
    No
  • Same-Day Registration
    No
  • ID Required
    Yes


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Absentee/Mail-In Voting

Some registered voters are eligible to vote by an absentee ballot because of age, health, work demands, temporary relocation for educational purposes, or their affiliation with the US armed forces.

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  • No, residents of Mississippi must register for an absentee ballot for the general election.

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No, residents of Mississippi must register for an absentee ballot for the general election.

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  • At this time, Mississippi's Online Voter Information Center does not list a deadline to request an absentee ballot. 

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At this time, Mississippi's Online Voter Information Center does not list a deadline to request an absentee ballot. 

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  • Sept 21: Absentee ballots are available; earliest day to vote by an absentee ballot in the Circuit Clerk’s Office in the general election.

When will I receive my ballot?

Sept 21: Absentee ballots are available; earliest day to vote by an absentee ballot in the Circuit Clerk’s Office in the general election.

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  • Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked on or before Election Day to be timely.


    By Nov 10 by 5pm, the Circuit Clerks’ Offices must be in receipt of absentee ballots returned by mail.

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Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked on or before Election Day to be timely.


By Nov 10 by 5pm, the Circuit Clerks’ Offices must be in receipt of absentee ballots returned by mail.

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  • Under Mississippi law, certain excuses allow a voter to cast their absentee ballot by mail.


    - Those who are 65 or older.

    - Any person who is the parent, spouse or dependent of a temporarily or permanently disabled person who is hospitalized outside of their county of residence, or more than 50 miles away from their residence and the parent, spouse of dependent will be with the hospitalized person on Election Day.

    - Temporarily residing outside of the county.

    - Any person with a temporary or permanent disability, which has been expanded to include those with a physician-imposed quarantine or a person caring for someone who is under a physician-imposed quarantine due to Covid-19 in the year 2020.

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Under Mississippi law, certain excuses allow a voter to cast their absentee ballot by mail.


- Those who are 65 or older.

- Any person who is the parent, spouse or dependent of a temporarily or permanently disabled person who is hospitalized outside of their county of residence, or more than 50 miles away from their residence and the parent, spouse of dependent will be with the hospitalized person on Election Day.

- Temporarily residing outside of the county.

- Any person with a temporary or permanent disability, which has been expanded to include those with a physician-imposed quarantine or a person caring for someone who is under a physician-imposed quarantine due to Covid-19 in the year 2020.


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Early Voting

Can you vote early in this state?

No

Currently, early voting is not permitted in this state.


Same-Day Registration

Can you register on Election Day?

No

You must register in person at the Circuit Clerk’s/Municipal Clerk’s Office or by a mail-in registration application at least 30 days prior to the election.


Voter ID Requirements

Is an ID required to vote?

Yes

All Mississippians voting at the polls are required to show a photo ID card. Individuals voting in person by absentee ballot in the Circuit Clerk's Office are also required to show a photo ID. Eligible voters casting an absentee ballot by mail do NOT have to show a photo ID. Also, overseas and uniformed military voting by absentee ballot by mail, email or fax do not have to show a photo ID. If a registered voter does not have any of these acceptable forms of photo ID, a free Mississippi Voter Identification Card will be provided to the voter at any Circuit Clerk’s Office in Mississippi.



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Acceptable Forms of Identification

Make sure you're ready on Election Day with the appropriate forms of identification. Acceptable forms of ID are listed here.

Data source - msvoterid.ms.gov

Acceptable Forms of ID

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  • US Passport

  • US Military ID

  • Government Employee ID Card

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  • Driver's License

  • Photo ID Card

    Issued by a branch, department, or entity of the State of Mississippi

  • Student Photo ID

    Issued by an accredited Mississippi university, college, or community/junior college

  • Mississippi Voter Identification Card

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  • Firearms License

  • Tribal Photo ID

  • Other Photo ID

    issued by any branch, department, agency or entity of the US government or any State government


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