Some registered voters are eligible to vote absentee because of age, health or work demands, or their affiliation with the U.S. armed forces.
Absentee voting deadlines come early to help assure your ballot is counted. If you know you will vote absentee, contact your Circuit or Municipal Clerk at least 45 days before the election.
Eligible Absentee Voters include any duly qualified and registered elector who will be absent from their county of residence on Election Day or any of the following individuals who may not be present on Election Day:
- An enlisted or commissioned member of the U.S. Armed Forces who are citizens of Mississippi or spouse or dependent of such member.
- A member of the Merchant Marine or the American Red Cross and a citizen of Mississippi or spouse or dependent of such member.
- A disabled war veteran who is a patient in any hospital and a citizen of Mississippi or spouse or dependent of such veteran.
- A civilian attached to and serving outside of the U.S. with any branch of the Armed Forces with the Merchant Marine or American Red Cross, and a citizen of Mississippi or spouse or dependent of such civilian.
- A trained or certified emergency response provider deployed during the absentee period, on Election Day or during any state of emergency declared by the President of the United States or Governor of any state within the United States.
- A citizen of Mississippi temporarily residing outside the territorial limits of the United States and the District of Columbia.
- A student, teacher or administrator at a college, university, junior or community college, high, junior high, elementary or grade school whose studies or employment at such institution necessitates my absence from the county of my voting residence or spouse or dependent of such student, teacher or administrator who maintains a common domicile outside the county of my voting residence with such student, teacher or administrator.
- Will be outside the county on Election Day.
- Have a temporary or permanent physical disability, which may include, but is not limited to, a physician-imposed quarantine due to COVID-19 during the year of 2020 or, am caring for a dependent that is under a physician-imposed quarantine due to COVID-19 beginning with the effective date of this act and the same being repealed on December 31, 2020.
- Sixty-five (65) years of age or older.
- Parent, spouse or dependent of a person with a temporary or permanent physical disability who is hospitalized outside his county of residence or more than fifty (50) miles away from his residence, and I will be with such person on Election Day.
- A member of the congressional delegation or spouse or dependent of a member of the congressional delegation.
- Required to be at work on Election Day during the times at which the polls will be open.