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Monday is deadline to register to vote in Mississippi’s primary elections

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The voter registration deadline for Mississippi residents is here, with those wishing to vote in this year’s primary elections needing to register by the end of the business day.

The Secretary of State’s Office is encouraging residents to do the following:

  • Register in person at the circuit or municipal clerk’s office by 5:00 p.m. on July 10
  • Mail registration applications postmarked no later than July 10

Mississippians who plan to submit in-person or mail-in absentee ballots can collect them through the county circuit clerk’s office.

To verify eligibility, residents can utilize the Step-By-Step Absentee Guide from the Secretary of State’s Office or contact their local circuit clerk. If eligible, ballots will be provided upon request by your circuit clerk.

For those who cannot visit their circuit clerk’s office during the work week, Saturday in-person absentee voting dates are Saturday, July 29, 2023, and August 5, 2023, from 8:00 a.m. until noon.

Secretary of State Michael Watson has released that residents wishing to receive personalized election information through the My Election Day resource.

Upon entering a specific address, Mississippi voters can receive a sample ballot specific to their residence, polling place location, deadlines for upcoming elections, and a list of the current elected officials from federal down to county.

Absentee and affidavit ballot tracking is another feature available on My Election Day, not only as a resource for Mississippians but as an additional election security measure.

For those eligible to vote absentee or who vote by affidavit, each step of the process may be monitored from the time the application has been received to what happens with the ballot after Election Day.

“We remain committed to educating all Mississippians on the elections process and understanding their rights as voters,” Watson stated. “Through My Election Day, a Mississippi voter will receive personalized data to ensure a smooth Election Day process from beginning to end, whether voting in-person or absentee.”

Periodic Campaign Finance Reports are also due by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, July 10, in the appropriate office for 2023 candidates and political committees supporting or opposing 2023 candidates.

Mississippi law requires all candidates for elective office — excluding candidates for federal office — to file campaign finance disclosure reports.

Candidates may file campaign finance reports via:

  • Email: CampaignFinance@sos.ms.gov or Shelby.Scoggins@sos.ms.gov
  • In-person: 401 Mississippi Street, Jackson, MS 39201 or 1141 Bayview Avenue, Suite 120, Biloxi, MS 39530
  • Mail: P.O. Box 136, Jackson, MS 39205-0136 (Please note that mailed-in reports must actually be received by the required date and the postmarked date will not be considered.)
  • Fax: (601) 576-2545

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