A voter in Mississippi is eligible to vote absentee in an election if he or she cannot make it to the polls on Election Day for one of the following reasons:
• The voter will be outside of his or her home county on Election Day
• The voter is a “student, teacher or administrator at a school whose studies or employment there necessitates” absence from the voter’s home county on Election Day (spouses and dependents of such voters are also eligible to vote absentee).
• The voter is disabled and therefore unable to vote in person
• The voter is the parent, spouse or dependent of a disabled person “who is hospitalized outside of [his or her] county of residence or more than 50 miles away” and will be with the disabled person on Election Day
• The voter is 65 years old or older
• The voter is required to be at work on Election Day during polling hours
Registration Deadlines & Requirements
Mississippi Registration Deadline
• In-Person: 30 days before Election Day.
• By Mail: Postmarked 30 days before Election Day.
• Online: N/A
Mississippi Registration Requirements
To register to vote in Mississippi you must:
• be a citizen of the United States
• have lived in Mississippi and in your county (and city, if applicable) 30 days before the election in which you want to vote
• be 18 years old by the time of the general election in which you want to vote
• have not been convicted of 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 bigamy, or have had your rights restored as required by law
• not have been declared mentally incompetent by a court Note: State law changed by federal court order in 1998 and by state legislation in 2000. We now accept the form as registration for voting for all state and federal offices. Additionally, you must not currently be declared mentally incompetent through a competency hearing