If you're not registered to vote, or you need to update your voter registration information, follow the instructions below.
Mississippi voter registration rules
To register in Mississippi you must:
be a citizen of the United States
have lived in Mississippi and in your county (and city, if applicable) for at least 30 days before Election Day
be 18 years old by Election day. If you are 17, you may vote in a primary if you will turn 18 by the General Election
have not been convicted of voter fraud, murder, rape, bribery, theft, arson, obtaining money or goods under false pretense, perjury, forgery, embezzlement, 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, or have had your rights restored as required by law
not have been declared mentally incompetent by a court
Box 6 - ID Number: Enter your Mississippi driver's license number. If you don't have one, enter the last 4 digits of your social security number. If you don't have either number, write "NONE" here.
Box 7 - Choice of Party: Mississippi does not have party registration. You do not need to register with a politcal party to vote in a primary election.
Box 8 - Race or Ethnic Group: Leave blank.
Print, date, and sign the form. If you do not have a printer, you can print the form out at any local library. If you do not have a stamp, you can buy one from any grocery store: just ask the cashier to sell you one.
Mail your voter registration form to the mailing address below. For faster delivery, send the form directly to your Local Election Office.
Your voter registration form must be postmarked by October 5, 2020
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
Mississippi vote by mail guide
Mississippi vote by mail guide
Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your driver’s license. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.
Mississippi vote by mail deadlines
Earliest day to apply: September 4, 2020
Request your mail-in ballot (online): N/A
Request your mail-in ballot (by mail): Received by November 2, 2020
Request your mail-in ballot (in person): Received by November 2, 2020
Return your mail-in ballot (by mail): Postmarked by November 3, 2020
Return your mail-in ballot (in person): N/A
Mississippi vote by mail overview
Voting by mail is not as complicated as you might think. There are only a handful of steps:
Request your mail-in ballot by the deadline.
Receive your mail-in ballot via USPS.
Return your mail-in ballot by the deadline.
Mississippi vote by mail rules
You can 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, which may include, but is not limited to, a physician-imposed quarantine due to COVID-19 during the year 2020,
You are caring for a dependent that is under a physician-imposed quarantine due to COVID-19,
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 50 miles away, and you (the parent, spouse or dependent) will be with that 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 a member, spouse, or dependent of the congressional delegation,
you are a disabled war veteran (or spouse or dependent of such a person) in a hospital,
you are a member (or spouse or dependent of such a person) of the Merchant Marine or American Red Cross.
Mississippi vote by mail ID requirements (request)
You must have your ballot request NOTARIZED. If you state on your application to vote by mail that you have a temporary or permanent disability, you must INSTEAD have your application and ballot signed by a witness who is at least 18 years old.
Mississippi vote by mail ID requirements (return)
You must have your voted ballot envelope NOTARIZED when your return a voted ballot. If you said you have a temporary or permanent disability on your vote by mail request form, you must INSTEAD have your ballot envelope signed by a witness who is at least 18 years old.
Mississippi vote by mail directions
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.
You can apply anytime during the calendar year, as long as your application is received before the deadline. We recommend applying at least 30 days before Election Day if possible.
Receive and return your mail-in ballot
Carefully read and follow the instructions, and fill out all required fields.