Only 67% of Mississippians are registered to vote for the 2022 elections. That is why this year, we joined the MSVotes #Up2Us voter campaign to increase the number of registered voters and voter turnout on election day, November 8, 2022. Over the last few years, MS Votes has registered 30,000 people. This year we plan to add another 5,000 new voters.
2018 and 2020 were one of the highest voter turnouts! At the same time, there is a concentrated effort to stop of all of our progress, but we aren't backing down. We know it is #Up2Us to organize and get out the vote in November. Together we can put the ALL in Y'all Vote.
Last day to register to vote for the November 2022 election is October 10, 2022 at 5:00 pm. Don't let the clock run out, check your voter registration status today! It takes only a few minutes. Check to make sure you are still registered!
One day, I know the struggle will change. There's got to be a change - not only for Mississippi, not only for the people in the United States, but people all over the world.
--Fannie Lou Hamer
Am I eligible to vote?
To register to vote, a person must be:
Be a U.S. citizen
Be at least 18 years old by the next general election.
Be a resident of Mississippi and your county for at least 30 days.
NOT declared mentally incompetent by a court.
NOT convicted of a specific type of felony. There are 23 disenfranchising felonies. They are: voter fraud, murder, rape, bribery, theft, arson, obtaining money or goods under false pretense, perjury, forgery, embezzlement, bigamy, armed robbery, extortion, felony bad check, felony shoplifting, larceny, receiving stolen property, robbery, timber larceny, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, statutory rape, carjacking or larceny under lease or rental agreement.
NOT ALL PEOPLE WHO ARE IN PRISON OR HAVE BEEN CONVICTED OF A CRIME ARE INELIGIBLE TO VOTE
People in prison or jails who have NOT been convicted of one of the 23 above listed felonies ARE eligible to vote. This includes people who are awaiting trial for ANY type of criminal charge, people who have been convicted of other than the 23 felonies, and people who have been convicted of any misdemeanor or convicted in another state.
If you are unsure if your conviction falls within one of these categories, call or have a friend or family member call 1-866-OUR-VOTE for more information.
Once your sentence is completed, you can apply to have your voting rights restored. Once restored, you can register to vote and cast a ballot, even while you are on parole or probation. For more information about how to get your voting rights restored, contact MS Votes
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE A REGISTERED HOME ADDRESS TO BE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE
Though Mississippi's voter registration form requires you to provide your address, you can submit to your county circuit clerk's office, the federal application that includes a space for you to locate on a map where you live instead of providing a street address. Download the Federal Voter Registration Form
How do I register to vote?
For now, getting registered to vote in Mississippi is not as easy as other places. We are one of the few states that do not have online registration. Some states also have automatic registration. To get registered, you must complete a voter registration form and deliver it in-person or by mail to your County Circuit Clerk's Office.
If you are already registered in Mississippi but need to change your address or update your name or contact information, you can do so online on the MS Secretary of State website, Y'all Vote. It will ask you to verify your registration first. Once you do, you can complete the online form.
If you are a college student, you can choose where you want to register to vote. You can register at your campus address or register at your permanent home address. If you choose to register at your permanent address, you will have to go home to vote on election day or cast your ballot by absentee.
Update your voter registration online
How do I cast an absentee ballot?
Unlike many others states, Mississippi does not have early voting or no excuse absentee ballots. Voters must be eligible to vote before the election day. You can request an absentee ballot if you:
will be away on Election Day for any reason
have an immobilizing disability
are 65 or older
are working between the hours of 7:00 am - 7:00 pm on Election Day
Step One: Call or visit your Circuit Clerk to complete an application
You must submit an application before you receive your absentee ballot. The applications are available at the Circuit Clerks Office. They will mail one to you if you like or you can pick it up during normal business hours M - F, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. If they mail you an application, you must have the form notarized unless you have a physical disability in which case a signature of someone 18 or older is required.
Step Two: Return the application to the Circuit Clerk in person or by mail
Once you return the application, the Circuit Clerk will verify your eligibility.
Step Three: Complete the absentee ballot and return to the Circuit Clerk's office
If you are eligible, you will receive an absentee ballot with instructions on how to complete it. Follow them carefully and mail the ballot back to the Circuit Clerk's office. Your ballot must be postmarked by 5:00 pm on Election Day. You can also complete the application and the absentee ballot in person during the same visit.
Learn more at www.sos.ms.gov/absentee-voting-information
Do I need an ID to vote?
YES! You do need an ID to vote. But if you forget your ID, it's okay. Stay and vote! If your ID doesn't match the voter rolls, stay and vote. If for any reason your name does not show up on the voter rolls, stay and vote. In all of these instances, you can vote by affidavit and you must show your ID to the Circuit Clerk's Office within five days after the election.
The following are acceptable forms of ID:
Government issued photo ID card
United States passport
Government employee identification card
Student photo ID issued by an accredited Mississippi university, college or community/junior college
United States military ID
Tribal photo ID
Other photo ID issued by any branch, department, agency or entity of the United States government or any State government
Mississippi Voter Identification Card
Did you know your ID can be expired? As long as your ID is an acceptable form of photo ID and is not more than ten (10) years old, you can use it to vote.
Don't have an ID? You can get a free Mississippi ID.
Call 1-844-MSVOTER (1844-678-6837). They will even give you a ride to the local Circuit Clerk's office to get your ID.
Where do I vote?
Your polling location is listed on your voter registration card. You can also find your polling place by using the MS Secretary of State's Polling Locator. Click here to access it. It is a good idea to double check your polling location before election day because polling locations sometimes change.
If you require assistance in marking the ballot because of disability, blindness, or an inability to read or write, you are legally entitled to receive assistance. This could include voting by curbside, where a poll watcher brings you a ballot. You can receive assistance casting your ballot from a poll watcher or a person of your choice as long as they are not a candidate or immediate family member of a candidate. For more information, contact your local Circuit Clerk's Office.
Who is on the ballot?
Mississippi has an election every year. We do not however, vote for the same elected positions. This year, everyone will be voting for US House of Representative and some will be voting for local and county judges and commissioners. To find out who will be on your ballot, visit https://ballotpedia.org/Sample_Ballot_Lookup