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Mississippi absentee ballot guide

Last updated: June 29, 2020
  • In Mississippi, you can apply for an absentee ballot by-mail or in-person.

Absentee ballot deadlines

  • In-person: No specific deadline
  • By-mail: No specific deadline
  • Online: N/A
  • Voted absentee ballots are due: Received 1 day before Election Day

Who can vote by absentee ballot in Mississippi

You may get an absentee ballot and vote by mail in Mississippi if:

  • 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;
  • you are a member, spouse, or dependent of the congressional delegation;
  • you are a disabled war veteran (or spouse or dependant of such a person) in a hospital;
  • you are a member (or spouse or dependant of such a person) of the Merchant Marine or American Red Cross.

Apply by-mail or in-person

  1. Download and fill out the Mississippi absentee ballot application.
  2. Sign and date your form.
  3. Mail or hand-deliver your completed form directly to your local election office. You should submit your form as soon as possible, but no later than the deadline.
  4. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot by-mail is: No specific deadline.
  5. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot in-person is: No specific deadline.

Your absentee ballot should arrive within a week of your application. If it doesn’t arrive, call your local election office and follow up.

Once your ballot arrives

  1. Once you receive your absentee ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.
  2. Mail or hand-deliver your completed absentee ballot to your local elections office. Your ballot must be received by the deadline or it will not be counted.
  3. Your voted absentee ballot must be received 1 day before Election Day.

Confused? Need help?

Contact your local elections office if you have any questions about absentee ballots in Mississippi.