MISSISSIPPI

VOTING GUIDE

Including Student Information

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+ Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

  • Voter Registration Deadline: 30 days before Election Day
  • General Election Registration Deadline: In person – October 8, 2018 at 5 p.m. By mail October 9, 2018 postmark.
  • General Election: November 6, 2018

+ Official Election Websites

+ Register at School or Home

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.
Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.
You may only be registered and vote in one location.

+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?

Mississippi’s voter registration form asks for your Mississippi driver’s license number or the last four digits of your Social Security Number. If you are registering to vote in Mississippi for the first time and have neither of these, you must submit with your application a copy of a current and valid photo ID, or a copy of a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.

+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

All Mississippians voting at the polls must show a photo ID.  Acceptable photo IDs include:

  • A driver’s license,
  • A U.S. passport,
  • A student photo ID issued by an accredited Mississippi university, college, or community/junior college,
  • A U.S. military ID,
  • A tribal photo ID,
  • A photo ID card issued by a branch, department, or entity of the State of Mississippi or the United States government,
  • A government employee ID, and
  • A Mississippi Voter Identification Card.

A full list of acceptable forms of photo ID and accredited colleges and universities can be found at http://msvoterid.ms.gov/Pages/VoterIDAcceptID.htm.

Expired photo IDs may be used at the polls if the ID is a state or federal ID not more than 10 years old.

If you have no acceptable form of photo ID, apply for a Mississippi Voter Identification Card at any Circuit Clerk’s office. More information on the application process and required documents can be found at http://msvoterid.ms.gov/Pages/VoterIDHowtoGetID.htm.

If you choose to vote by mailing an absentee ballot, you do not need to show or include any photo ID.

+ Where Do I Vote?

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at: www.sos.ms.gov/pollingplace/Pages/default.aspx

+ How Can I Vote?

By Mail

Voters registered in Mississippi may vote by absentee ballot if they will be away from their county of residence on Election Day for any reason, including attending school in a different county. Contact your local Circuit or Municipal Clerk’s office to ensure your eligibility and request an application. The application is not available online. Contact the registrar at least two weeks before Election Day.

Applications for absentee ballots may be requested during the 45 days prior to Election Day in person at the county registrar or by mail to the country registrar (applications by mail must be notarized).

The deadline for mailed absentee ballots is 5 p.m. the day before the election and 7 p.m. on Election Day for voters in the military or students in the service academies.

Early In-person

Voters can bring their absentee ballots in-person to their local Circuit or Municipal Clerk’s office until noon on the Saturday immediately before a Tuesday election, or the Thursday immediately before a Saturday election or the second day immediately before the date of elections held on other days.

Election Day

  • Voting sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by the closing time then you will be allowed to vote.

+ Common Questions/Concerns

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:

  • Federal Financial Aid
    • Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA
  • Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes
    • Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes
  • Tuition Status
    • Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community

Will registering to vote in Mississippi affect my driver’s license or car registration?

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed Mississippi legal professional.

Last updated June 2018