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Mississippi vote by mail guide

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 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

  • Mississippi voters must have their ballot requests and voted ballots 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 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.

How to vote by mail

  1. Carefully read and follow the instructions.
  2. Fill out all of the required fields.
  3. Sign and date the outside envelope.
  4. Mail or hand-deliver your ballot to your Local Election Office.
  5. Your ballot must be received by the deadline or it will not be counted.

Two important things to note:

  1. The Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your driver’s license and on your voter registration form to make sure they match. So please sign carefully.
  2. The post office will deliver your ballot even if you don’t have a stamp as long as you use the return envelope provided by your state. This envelope will say “official election mail.” The USPS will always deliver official election mail -- no stamp needed.

Questions? Need help?

Contact your local elections office if you have any questions about voting by mail in Mississippi.

Statewide election office

Secretary of State
P.O. Box 136
Jackson, MS 39205‐0136