Mississippi absentee and mail ballot guide
Mississippi absentee ballot overview
- You will need to contact your local election office and ask for an absentee ballot application. These applications are not available online.
- It's fastest to call or send an email. You can also visit the local election office in person and ask for an absentee ballot application.
- Fill out the application completely and return it to your local election office by mail or in person.
Mississippi absentee deadlines
- Earliest day to apply: 60 days before Election Day
- Request deadline (online): N/A
- Request deadline (by mail): Received by 1 day before Election Day
- Request deadline (in person): 3 days before Election Day
- Deadline to return your ballot (by mail): Postmarked by Election Day
- Deadline to return your ballot (in person): You cannot hand-deliver your mail-in ballot in Mississippi. You must put your voted ballot in the mailbox.
Mississippi absentee ballot rules
You can vote by absentee ballot in Mississippi if:
- you will be away from your county on Election Day for any reason
- you have a temporary or permanent physical disability that renders you unable to vote in person without substantial hardship
- you are the caretaker for a person with a temporary or permanent physical disability
- you will be away at school, either as a student, teacher, or administrator and will be unable to vote in person on Election Day
- you are 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 hospitalized, or you are a caring for someone who has been hospitalized
- you are a member (or spouse or dependent of such a person) of the military, the Merchant Marine, or American Red Cross.
- you are quarantining due to COVID-19
Mississippi online ballot request
Mississippi does not allow you to request your ballot online.
Mississippi by-mail ballot request
Mississippi has made it illegal for third party groups to provide or distribute absentee ballot applications. The fastest way for you to get your absentee ballot application is to call your Local Election Official and ask them to send you one.
You might also want to call your Secretary of State’s office and ask them to post the absentee ballot application online as a downloadable PDF. This is common practice in 48 other states and the District of Columbia.
- Mississippi Secretary of State: (601) 359-6360
Mississippi in-person ballot request
- Visit your local election office.
- Ask the clerk to give you an absentee ballot application.
- Fill out all of the required fields.
- Sign and date your application.
- The deadline to apply in person is 3 days before Election Day.
After you receive your ballot
- Carefully read and follow the instructions, and fill out all required fields.
- Sign and date the outside envelope.
- Mail your ballot to your local election office.
- If you mail your ballot, it must be postmarked by Election Day.
- If you miss the deadline – or forget to sign the outside envelope – your vote will not be counted.
Mississippi absentee ballot ID requirements
- ID required when requesting a mail-in ballot:
You must have your absentee ballot application notarized or signed by a witness unless you are physically disabled or over the age of 65. If you are disabled or over 65, your absentee ballot application must be signed by a witness who is at least 18 years old.
- ID required when returning a mail-in ballot:
To return your by-mail ballot you must include your signature and the signature of a notary or court clerk. However, if you are over the age of 65, out of your county, or are disabled, then anyone over the age of 18 may sign as a witness. Your signature on the return envelope will be compared to the signature on your voter registration card to ensure they match. If you forget to sign the return envelope, your ballot might be rejected.
Mississippi absentee ballot tracker
Mississippi does not have a statewide ballot tracker. Contact your local election office.
Mississippi absentee ballot curing
Ballot curing is the process of resolving any problems with your absentee or mail ballot to ensure that your vote is counted. After tracking your ballot, contact your local election office to fix any issues that have been noted.
- Your ballot will be rejected if you forget to sign it or if your signature does not match the state records.
- You must make corrections by 12:00 pm on the 10th day after Election Day for your vote to count.
Mississippi emergency ballots
Some states have special procedures that allow you to obtain an emergency ballot if a medical or other emergency occurs after the standard absentee ballot application window.
Emergency Ballot Rules
Mississippi law has no reference to emergency ballots.
Dates & Deadlines
Mississippi does not offer emergency ballots.
Contact your local election office
Local election office
Contact your local election office if you have questions.
Statewide election office
This is the statewide agency that is ultimately responsible for Mississippi elections. You can contact them with questions, but your local election office will probably respond faster.
Secretary of State P.O. Box 136 Jackson, MS 39205‐0136