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Mississippi offers absentee ballots by mail to voters who will be unable to vote in person. All other voters are expected to vote in person.

Who can register to vote?

To register in Mississippi you must:
  • be a citizen of the United States
  • have lived in Mississippi and in your county (and city, if applicable) 30 days before the election in which you want to vote
  • be 18 years old by the time of the general election in which you want to vote
  • not have been convicted in a Mississippi court of voter fraud, arson, armed robbery, bigamy, bribery, carjacking, embezzlement, extortion, felony bad check, felony shoplifting, forgery, larceny, murder, obtaining money or goods under false pretense, perjury, rape, receiving stolen property, robbery, statutory rape, theft, timber larceny, larceny under lease or rental agreement, or unlawful taking of motor vehicle (unless having been pardoned, had rights of citizenship restored by the Governor or had suffrage restored by the Legislature)
  • not have been declared mentally incompetent by a court

How do I vote in person?

Where can I vote on Election Day?

You can look up where to vote on Mississippi's site.

Can I vote early?

No, Mississippi does not offer early voting in person before Election Day. However, you may be eligible to vote an absentee ballot. Find the eligibility requirements for absentee voting and contact your local election office to check if you can visit their office to request and return an absentee ballot in person.

What do I need to bring?

You will be asked to show photo ID to vote in Mississippi.

Acceptable forms include:
  • Mississippi driver's license or state ID card
  • US passport
  • employee ID card issued by any agency of the US government, State of Mississippi, or local government unit in Mississippi
  • firearms license
  • student photo ID issued by an accredited Mississippi university, college, or community/junior college
  • US military ID
  • a tribal photo ID
  • photo ID issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the United States government or any State government
  • Mississippi voter ID card

Voters without ID: If you do not have an accepted form of photo ID, you can vote an affidavit ballot. You will then have five (5) business days to show an acceptable form of photo ID, or apply for a Mississippi Voter ID Card, at the Circuit Clerk’s Office.

How can I check the status of my ballot?

Mississippi doesn't offer ballot tracking.

Can I vote early?

No, Mississippi does not offer early voting in person before Election Day. However, you may be eligible to vote an absentee ballot. Find the eligibility requirements for absentee voting and contact your local election office to check if you can visit their office to request and return an absentee ballot in person.

How do I vote by mail?

Mississippi allows eligible voters to request a mail ballot. All other voters are expected to vote in person. Check to see if you’re eligible to vote by mail on Mississippi's site.

How do I get my ballot?

Contact your local election office to determine if you are eligible and request a ballot by mail. There is no deadline for requesting an absentee ballot.

What should I do if I don’t get my ballot?

If you don’t receive your ballot in the mail, then contact your local election office.

How do I return my ballot?

What do I need to do if I’ve moved?

What’s on your ballot depends on where you live, so your voter registration is tied to your exact address. If you’ve moved, you need to re-register with your new address.

How can I check the status of my ballot?

Mississippi doesn't offer ballot tracking.

Can I register to vote on Election Day?

Mississippi does not offer registration on Election Day.

How do I see what's on my ballot?

Learn more about what will be on your ballot by visiting Ballotpedia.

How do I get help registering to vote?

TurboVote can help you start the absentee/mail-in ballot request process, send you election reminders, and more. If you’d like more help planning how to vote, we can walk you through the process!

How do I vote if I'm in the military or live overseas?

Active-duty military, their families, and overseas citizens can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). The FPCA process is done by mail, but your state may offer other options to request and return ballots. Please contact your local election office for more information about delivery and return methods, including email, fax, and state online portals. To follow the FPCA process:
  1. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your local election office may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
  2. Send the application to your local election office.
  3. It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible.
  4. Please fill out and send back your ballot as soon as you receive it.
  5. States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven't received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.
If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your local election office first. Then:
  • You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
  • If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.
The Federal Voting Assistance Program offers additional information on military and overseas voting in Mississippi. You can also call 1-800-438-VOTE (8683) or email vote@fvap.gov

How can I check my voter registration status?

You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using Mississippi's voter registration lookup tool.


Which election office should I contact?

  • In Mississippi, your local election office runs the elections in your area. They can help you with questions about registering to vote, voting by mail, and local elections.
  • The Secretary of State oversees elections and election administration in Mississippi. They can help you with questions about voting in your state, election security, or issues you might have at the polls. If you have concerns about voter intimidation, reach out immediately.

How do I contact my local election office?

Visit your state’s site to find your local election office.

Can I trust this information?

These guides are researched, written, and updated by Democracy Works, a non-partisan 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization, to inform voters via partners including Google and TurboVote. The information in these guides originates from official state sources and is reviewed by state election offices. The guides also link to authoritative state and local resources to provide additional information.

How do I report an issue with the information provided on this page?

Email htv@democracy.works with questions, concerns or feedback about the voting information on this page.