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Absentee voting deadline coming up

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Ahead of the November 27th runoff elections, the Secretary of State’s Office wants to make sure you have all of the information you need. Mississippians will be voting for a U.S. Senator as well as several judicial positions.

Those wishing to cast a ballot absentee will be able to do so any weekday during their circuit clerk’s regularly scheduled business hours. In addition, circuit clerks offices will be open on Saturday, November 24th from 8 a.m. until noon. However, circuit clerks offices will NOT be open on Thanksgiving day or Friday the 23rd.

Polls will open across the state on November 27th for the runoff election at 7 a.m. and they’ll close at 7 p.m. If you’re in line when the polls close, you will be able to cast your ballot.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is among many state leaders that are urging Mississippians to get out and exercise their right to vote.

“Governance begins at the ballot box,” Hosemann said. “The most important way to have a voice in your community is to go vote on Election Day,”

Absentee ballots returned by mail must be received by the Circuit Clerks’ Offices no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, November 26, 2018.

Other important election day information:

  • The deadline for UOCAVA voters, including service members deployed outside their county of residence, to return their absentee ballot is 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, November 27, 2018. Absentee ballots received by the Circuit Clerks’ Offices by 7:00 p.m. from only UOCAVA voters by email, fax or mail are timely, and should be delivered to the voters’ respective precincts for processing by the poll managers.
  • Polling Place Location: A polling place locator and sample ballot are available on the Secretary of State’s website at http://www.sos.ms.gov/PollingPlace/Pages/default.aspx.
  • Voter Photo ID: Voters are required to show photo identification at the polls.  A voter without an acceptable form of photo identification is entitled to cast an affidavit ballot.  An affidavit ballot may be counted if the voter provides an acceptable form of photo identification to the Circuit Clerk’s Office within five business days after the election.  For more information, visit www.msvoterID.ms.gov.
  • Campaigning: It is unlawful to campaign for any candidate within 150 feet of any entrance to a polling place, unless on private property.
  • Loitering: The polling places should be clear for 30 feet from every entrance of all people except elections officials, voters waiting to vote, or authorized poll watchers.

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