Mississippi Absentee Ballot Guide
- Voter Registration: Postmarked 30 days before the election
- Absentee Ballot Application: No specific deadline. We recommend requesting your ballot at least one month before an election
- Voted Absentee Ballot: Received by 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election
How to vote by absentee ballot
Register to vote
Recommended: Use our Voter Registration Widget. Enter your information, print and sign the completed form, and mail it to the address printed on the form.
Verify your voter registration
If you not sure if your registration was processed - or if you simply can't remember if you're register to vote - visit our voter registration verification page.
Make sure you're eligible to vote by absentee ballot
If you are a citizen of Mississippi and a registered voter you may vote absentee if you meet one of the following conditions:
- You will be outside the county on election day.
- You are an enlisted or commissioned member of any component of the United States Armed Forces, or spouse or dependent of such member.
- You are a Member of the Merchant Marine or the American Red Cross, or spouse or dependent of such member.
- You are a disabled war veteran who is a patient in any hospital, or the spouse or dependent of such veteran.
- You are a civilian attached to and serving outside of the United States with any branch of the Armed Forces or with the Merchant Marine or American Red Cross, or spouse or dependent of such civilian. You are a citizen of Mississippi temporarily residing outside the territorial limits of the United States and the District of Columbia.
- You are a student, teacher or administrator at a college, university, junior or community college, high, junior high, elementary or grade school, whose studies or employment at such institution necessitates your absence from the county of your voting residence or spouse or dependent of such student, teacher or administrator
- You have a temporary or permanent physical disability.
- You are sixty-five (65) years of age or older.
- You are the parent, spouse or dependent of a person with a temporary or permanent physical disability who is hospitalized outside his or her county of residence or more than fifty (50) miles away from his or her residence, and you will be with such person on election day.
- You are a member of the congressional delegation, or spouse or dependent of a member of the congressional delegation.
- You are required to be at work on election day during the times which the polls will be open.
Apply for your absentee ballot
Mississippi's absentee ballot application is not available online, so you'll need to call your County Voter Registrar to request an absentee ballot. Mississippi law forbids us from creating an absentee application; it must be provided by the Registrar (MS Code 23-15-627). Registrars are required to make absentee ballot applications available at least 60 days before an election.
Absentee ballots will only be mailed to an out of town location; you cannot pick one up in person and take it with you when you leave town. The Registrar will begin mailing the absentee ballots no later than 40 days before the election. Contact your County Voter Registrar if you have additional questions about absentee voting in Mississippi.
Receive, complete, and return your absentee ballot
Fill out your ballot, sign where indicated, and have it notarized. Unless you are physically disabled, your absentee ballot envelope must be signed by a notary. If you are physically disabled, anyone over the age of 18 can sign as a witness. Mail your completed ballot back by the deadline. The mailing address will be on the ballot.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I need to provide ID when I apply for my absentee ballot in Mississippi?
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.
Can I vote in person before the election in Mississippi?
No. In-person early voting is not allowed.
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|Local Election Officials:||Your Local Election Official is the best person to contact if you have questions. They'll be able to provide up-to-date information on rules and deadlines.|