Mississippi Absentee Ballot Guide

Last updated June 16, 2014
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Important Deadlines

  • Voter Registration: Postmarked by the 5th Saturday before Election Day
  • 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 Tool.  Enter your information, print and sign the completed form, and mail it to the address printed on the form.  

You can also download and fill out Mississippi's voter registration form.  Mail or hand deliver the completed form to your County Voter Registrar

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 away from your county on election day for any reason;
  • you are a student, teacher or administrator at a school whose studies or employment there necessitates your absence from your county on election day; or you are the spouse or dependent thereof;
  • you have a temporary or permanent physical disability that renders you unable to vote in person without substantial hardship;
  • you are the parent, spouse or dependent of a person with a temporary or permanent physical disability who is hospitalized outside of their county of residence or more than fifty (50) miles away, and you (the parent, spouse or dependent) will be with that person on election day;
  • you are sixty-five (65) years of age or older;
  • you will be unable to vote in person because you are required to be at work on election day during the times at 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; one 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.

Additional Information

State Election Website: http://www.sos.ms.gov/elections.aspx
Email: http://www.sos.ms.gov/email_form.aspx?id=475
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. 

 

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