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Saturday in-person absentee voting for Mississippi’s general election begins

Mississippi residents who are planning to submit an absentee ballot for the 2023 general elections in person will be able to cast their vote at circuit clerk offices on Saturdays.

Circuit clerk offices will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for in-person absentee voting on Saturday, October 28. The last day to vote in-person absentee is Saturday, November 4.

At this time, the Statewide Election Management System (SEMS) is reporting that over 23,000 absentee ballots have been requested throughout Mississippi, with 15,858 of those already being filled out and received for the upcoming statewide elections.

The SEMS has added that the number of absentee ballots requested reflects the number of Mississippi voters that asked for a ballot through their local circuit clerk’s office while the received total shows the number of completed ballots that were returned.

All mail-in absentee ballots must be postmarked by Election Day on November 7 and received within five business days of Election Day in order to count. The resolution board can begin processing absentee ballots at 7:00 a.m. on Election Day and county election officials can tabulate ballots at the closing of the polls at 7:00 p.m.

My Election Day Tool

Secretary of State Michael Watson has also released that residents voting in person with an absentee ballot can 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.

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