Voter Registration In Mississippi
Who Can Register In Mississippi
To register to vote in Mississippi, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be a resident of Mississippi and the county, city, or town in which you plan to register for at least 30 days
- Be at least 18 years old
- Not have been declared “non-compos mentis” or “mentally incompetent” by a court of law
- Not have been convicted in a Mississippi court of arson, armed robbery, bigamy, bribery, carjacking, embezzlement, extortion, felony bad check, felony shoplifting, forgery, larceny, murder, obtaining money or goods under false pretense, perjury, rape, receiving stolen property, robbery, statutory rape, theft, timber larceny, larceny under lease or rental agreement, or unlawful taking of motor vehicle; or, if you have had such a conviction, have been pardoned, had right of citizenship restored by the governor, or had suffrage restored by the legislature
You must register to vote at least 30 days before the election you wish to vote in.
Mississippi Election Day Registration
Mississippi does not offer Election Day registration, so be sure to submit your voter registration before the deadline.
You can pre-register to vote in Mississippi if you will turn 18 by the next election.
Voting Rights Restoration
Mississippi law only restricts those with certain categories of felony convictions from voting:
- Armed robbery
- Felony bad check
- Felony shoplifting
- Larceny under lease or rental agreement
- Obtaining money or goods under false pretense
- Receiving stolen property
- Statutory rape
- Timber larceny
- Unlawful taking of a motor vehicle
- Voter fraud
If you are convicted of one of these felonies in Mississippi, you permanently lose the right to vote. It can only be restored by the Governor or the state legislature.
If you are otherwise convicted in Mississippi, you retain the right to vote throughout your sentence, even while incarcerated and while on probation or parole.
If you have a past conviction, learn more about your eligibility to vote here.
Voting In Mississippi
Where To Vote In Mississippi
You can search for your polling place here.
Vote-by-mail & Absentee
Voters can typically only vote absentee in Mississippi with an approved excuse. During COVID-19, physician-mandated quarantine is considered an approved excuse.
To request an absentee ballot in Mississippi, you must contact your circuit clerk’s office to request an absentee ballot application be mailed to you. All absentee ballot applications have to be signed by an official authorized to administer oath, such as a notary public, unless the voter is temporarily or permanently physically disabled. Temporary or permanently physically disabled voters may have the application witnessed by a person who is at least 18 years of age. Once you’ve completed your absentee ballot application, you must mail it back to your circuit clerk’s office.
To return your Mississippi absentee ballot, you must mail it back to your circuit clerk’s office. All Mississippi ballots received by voters via the mail must be returned by mail as well. All absentee ballot envelopes must be witnessed/signed by an official authorized to administer oath, such as a notary public, unless the voter is temporarily or permanently physically disabled. Temporary or permanently physically disabled voters can have the ballot envelope witnessed by a person who is at least 18 years of age.
Early Voting In Mississippi
Mississippi offers in-person absentee voting. Voters can only vote absentee-in-person with an approved excuse. Absentee-in-person voting begins 45 days before the election and ends at noon the Saturday before the election.
Primary Elections In Mississippi
Mississippi has open primaries. Any registered voter can participate in primary elections, regardless of political party. 17-year-olds can vote in the primary election if they will be 18 by the corresponding general election.
Voter ID In Mississippi
Voter ID Requirements
Photo ID is required to vote in Mississippi. Valid forms of ID include:
- A driver's license
- A photo ID card issued by a branch, department, or entity of the State of Mississippi
- A United States passport
- A government employee ID card
- A firearms license
- A student photo ID issued by an accredited Mississippi university, college, or community/junior college
- A United States military ID
- A tribal photo ID
- Any other photo ID issued by any branch, department, agency or entity of the United States government or any State government
- A Mississippi Voter Identification Card
If you do not have an approved form of ID, you can get a free Mississippi Voter Identification Card at any circuit clerk’s office. If you go to your polling place without an approved form of ID, you will be able to cast a ballot by signing an affidavit. In order for your ballot to count, you will then need to bring an acceptable form of ID to the circuit or municipal clerk’s office within 5 business days.
Additional Mississippi Resources
Your State Election Official
Mississippi Secretary of State
Phone number: 800.829.2550 (Elections Hotline); 601.576.2550 (Elections Call Center)