Vote November 27th
Mississippi Voter Hub
How to Vote on Election Day
Q: When is Election Day?
A: November 27, 2018.
Q: How can I vote?
A: You may vote in person on Election Day at your polling location, vote absentee in person in your county circuit clerk’s office, or vote an absentee ballot by mail, if you meet the legal criteria for doing so. To request an absentee ballot, contact your circuit clerk’s office (https://courts.ms.gov/trialcourts/circuitcourt/circuitclerks.pdf).
Q: Is there a voter hotline if I have questions?
A: Yes. Contact the Espy for Senate Hotline at 1-866-261-VOTE (8683). The Mississippi Secretary of State also has an election hotline at 1-800-829-6786.
Vote Absentee by Mail
Q: How can I request an absentee ballot?
A: You must contact your county circuit clerk’s office (https://courts.ms.gov/trialcourts/circuitcourt/circuitclerks.pdf) and request an absentee ballot application and ballot if you are legally entitled to vote absentee by mail in Mississippi. Allow three weeks minimum between submitting your completed application for an absentee ballot and the deadline to vote by absentee ballot because in order to count your ballot it must be received by the circuit clerk’s office no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 26, 2018.
Q: Is everyone eligible to vote absentee by mail?
A: Unfortunately, no. A qualified and registered voter may cast an absentee ballot by mail only if they:
- Temporarily reside outside of their county of residence; or
- Are temporarily or permanently physically disabled; or
- Are 65 years of age or older; or
- Are the parents, spouse or dependents of a temporarily or permanently physically disabled person who is hospitalized outside their county of residence or more than 50 miles away from home if they will be with such disabled person on election day.
- Under Mississippi’s version of the federal Uniformed and Overseas Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), voters who qualify to vote in this manner, may elect to fax or email their applications and voted ballots to and from the circuit clerk’s office to expedite their delivery before election voting deadlines.
- If you have any questions about whether you are eligible to vote absentee by mail or otherwise, you may contact the Espy for Senate Hotline at 1-866-261-VOTE (8683).
Q: What must I do to complete my ballot to vote absentee by mail?
A: First, you must fill out the application for the ballot and have it notarized by a person authorized to administer oaths unless you are temporarily or permanently disabled, in which event you are exempt from the notarization requirement. (Most banks, main post offices and town halls will notarize your application). A person who is blind, temporarily or permanently disabled or who cannot read or write can receive assistance in voting his absentee ballot.
However, the person providing the assistance may not be a union representative, a candidate on the ballot, or the spouse, parent, or child of such candidate, unless the voter is related to one of these people in the first degree. Mississippi law requires compliance with all aspects of absentee voting and such laws are strictly enforced. Therefore, it is critically important that you follow all written instructions provided to you by the circuit clerk’s office in completing your absentee ballot application and absentee ballot.
Q: When must I return my mailed in absentee ballot?
A: In order to count, the circuit clerk’s office in your county must receive your voted ballot (and application, if not returned previously) no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election, or November 26, 2018.
Vote Absentee by In-Person
Q: Can you vote absentee in person in Mississippi?
A: Yes, if you meet one of the legal criteria for eligibility to do so. To vote absentee in person in Mississippi, a qualified and registered voter must be:
- Absent from their county of residence on election day;
- An enlisted or commissioned member of the US armed forces who is a citizen of Mississippi;
- A member of the Merchant Marine or American Red Cross who is a citizen of Mississippi;
- A disabled war veteran who is a patient in any hospital, who is a citizen of Mississippi;
- A civilian attached to and serving outside of the US with any branch of the Armed Forces or with the Merchant Marine or American Red Cross, who is a citizen of Mississippi;
- A citizen of Mississippi temporarily residing outside the territorial limits of the US and the District of Columbia;
- An employee engaged in interstate transportation required to be away from his or her county of residence on Election Day due to employment;
- A student, teacher or administrator required to be over 50 miles away from the county of residence on Election Day due to employment;
- An employee engaged in offshore employment, or as an employee on a vessel or other watercraft;
- An employee, businessperson, professional, tradesman or worker required to be over 50 miles away from their county of residence on Election Day due to employment;
- Anyone with a temporary or permanent physical disability;
- Anyone 65 years of age or older;
- A parent, spouse or dependent staying with a hospitalized person with a temporary or permanent disability and is 50 miles or more away from his or her county of residence on Election Day;
- A member of a congressional delegation required to be over 50 miles away from his or her county of residence on Election Day;
- A trained or certified emergency response provider who is deployed during a state of emergency declared by the president or any governor. This can apply to hurricane responders, EMTs, physicians, anyone who is deployed.
- If you are eligible to vote absentee in person in Mississippi and are not eligible to vote absentee by mail (see above) or are eligible to vote by mail but wish to vote in person regardless, then, you must visit the office of your county circuit clerk and complete an application stating your reason for voting absentee and vote your absentee ballot there. Do not leave without voting and do not forget to bring your voter ID with you!
Q: Is there a voter hotline if I have questions?
A: Yes. If you have a question on or before Election Day about any aspect of voting, call the Espy for Senate Hotline at 866-261-VOTE (8683).
Q: Where do I vote on election day?
A: You vote at the precinct location where you currently reside. If you have moved within your county since you registered to vote there, proceed to the precinct where you should vote in accordance with your current address. Although you may not be on the poll books there if you have not advised your local voter registrar of your change of address, you can vote an affidavit ballot and it should be counted. You may find your polling location by clicking this link: http://www.sos.ms.gov/PollingPlace/Pages/default.aspx
Q: When are polls open?
A: From 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 27, 2018.
Q: What should I take with me to the polls?
A: Most everyone appearing to vote in Mississippi must show an approved form of photo identification in order to vote. Any one of the following forms of identification may be used on Election Day:
- A current and valid Mississippi driver’s license;
- A current and valid photo ID card issued by a branch, department, or entity of the State of Mississippi;
- A current and valid United States passport;
- A government employee ID card;
- A current and valid firearms license;
- A student photo ID card issued by an accredited Mississippi university, college, or community college;
- A United States military ID;
- A valid tribal photo ID;
- Any other photo ID issued by any branch, department, agency or entity of the United states government or any State government;
- A Mississippi Voter Identification Card
Q: Who is exempt from providing an ID card in Mississippi in order to vote?
A: The following voters are exempt from the requirement:
- Voters who vote an absentee ballot by mail, fax or email;
- Voters with religious objections to being photographed;
- Any registered voter who resides at a state-licensed care facility and who votes in person at a polling place located in that state-licensed care facility.
Q: What if I don’t have one of the qualifying ID’s to vote:
A: If you do not, and you are a registered voter, you may obtain a free ID card from your local circuit clerk’s office. You may be asked by the clerk’s office to provide birth information in order for that office to verify your birth free of charge in order to issue your ID. If you are seeking your ID very close to Election Day, the clerk may provide you with a receipt instead of being able to provide you with an ID card, immediately but you may show that receipt on Election Day and be eligible to vote.
Absent that, you should vote an affidavit ballot on Election Day and go to the circuity clerk’s office within five days of the election and provide one of the acceptable forms of ID above and your vote will then be counted. Whatever you do, DO NOT leave the voting place without casting a ballot, regular or affidavit!
Q: Am I registered to vote?
A: You may check to verify that you are registered to vote in your precinct of residence by clicking on this link: https://www.vote.org/am-i-registered-to-vote/.