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Mississippi: Latest Election & Voting Updates

Last updated Sunday, May 24, 2020 10:49 PM ET

Important News

  1. Tuesday, May 26, 2020

    Primary Runoff Election Voter Registration Deadline

    Also the voter registration deadline for the Special Election in House District 88.

  2. Saturday, June 13, 2020

    Primary Runoff Election In-person Absentee Voting Begins

    Circuit Clerks’ Offices will be open from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

  3. Saturday, June 20, 2020

    Primary Runoff Election In-person Absentee Voting Ends

    You will be asked to show photo identification to vote.

  4. Monday, June 22, 2020

    Primary Runoff Election Absentee Ballot Request Deadline

    Voters can request an absentee ballot anytime in the 45 days prior to an election, but applications sent via mail need to arrive in time for a ballot to arrive before the submission deadline. Applications must be notarized or sworn and subscribed to by another official authorized to witness absentee balloting. Applications from voters who are temporarily or permanently disabled do not have to be notarized, but do have to be witnessed and signed by a person 18 years of age or older.

  5. Monday, June 22, 2020

    Primary Runoff Election Absentee Ballot by Mail Deadline

    Circuit Clerks’ Offices must receive absentee ballots by 5:00 p.m. on June 22. You will be asked to include a copy of your photo identification with your ballot.

  6. Tuesday, June 23, 2020

    Primary Runoff Election Day

    You will be asked to show photo identification to vote. Polling places are open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. It is also the Special Election for Mississippi House District 88.

  7. Monday, October 5, 2020

    General Election Voter Registration Deadline

  8. Saturday, October 31, 2020

    General Election In-Person Absentee Voting Deadline

    Voters can cast an in-person absentee ballot at Circuit Clerks’ Offices until 12:00 p.m. on October 31.

  9. Monday, November 2, 2020

    General Election Absentee Ballot Request Deadline

    Voters can request an absentee ballot anytime in the 45 days prior to an election, but applications sent via mail need to arrive in time for a ballot to arrive before the submission deadline. Applications must be notarized or sworn and subscribed to by another official authorized to witness absentee balloting. Applications from voters who are temporarily or permanently disabled do not have to be notarized, but do have to be witnessed and signed by a person 18 years of age or older.

  10. Monday, November 2, 2020

    General Election Absentee Ballot by Mail Deadline

    Circuit Clerks’ Offices must receive absentee ballots by 5:00 p.m. on November 2 in order for them to be counted. However, absentee ballots received by the Circuit Clerks’ Offices by 7:00 p.m. on November 3 will be delivered to the voters’ respective precincts for processing by the poll managers and if accepted, counted for the Presidential race only.

  11. Tuesday, November 3, 2020

    Election Day

    You will be asked to show photo identification to vote.

vote absentee icon. How to vote absentee in Mississippi

Mississippi allows voters to vote absentee only under certain circumstances. The state has not said whether or not these requirements will change for the 2020 elections.

Take Action to Support Safe & Secure Elections in Mississippi

Below are some practical, positive actions you can take to help voters prepare for the 2020 election and cast their ballots in the way that’s best and healthiest for them.

(Read our guidelines for what we include.)

Information about voting is based on:

  • Official policy announcements on government websites
  • News stories citing verified statements from government officials

Information about actions people can take will be:

  • Non-partisan 
  • Positive and practical
  • Community-based and supported by trusted partners and networks

Policy information will focus on:

  • Proactive steps officials are taking to hold elections
  • How community groups, individuals and businesses are supporting elections
  • Public education efforts around voting
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    Mississippi has not shared an official plan for holding safe elections in November. Send a letter to Governor Reeves and demand that they share their plan.


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    Election officials will need more volunteers this year to help run elections while protecting public health. Sign up to be a volunteer in your community and support hard working election officials.


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We Can Vote is calling on all states and voting territories to develop clear election plans that protect our democracy while also preserving public health. Policymakers, and election administrators can act decisively to do the following:


  • Provide mail ballot options to all eligible voters, including the ability to request ballots online in a secure and equitable manner;
  • Preserve in-person voting options in November that:
    • Ensure sufficient hours and locations to prevent long lines or large crowds
    • Ensure enough in-person options on tribal lands and in other locations with limited mail access
    • Use best practices from public health officials to have healthy polling sites
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  • Create rules and protocols through administrative and legislative action so that all eligible Americans can vote in November's election.

These simple steps can help ensure that eligible voters can access their ballots while minimizing the risks of this virus. These steps will allow communities to come together and support hard-working election officials who ensure that America's democracy is healthy and strong.