Mississippians will be casting their ballots today to elect a U.S. Senator and House Representatives. Polls will open for the 2018 Primary Elections at 7 a.m. and will close at 7 p.m. tonight. In the event of long lines, any voter in line at 7 p.m. is entitled to cast a ballot.
“Thousands of Mississippi National Guardsmen and women are deploying now for the Middle East,” said Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “One of the ways we can honor their service and sacrifice is to cast a ballot in the upcoming election.”
Senate and Congressional Primary Elections are conducted by political parties in Mississippi. The Secretary of State’s Office will have 26 observers in precincts across the State.
“Our absentee ballots are around 9,000 and that indicates a record low turnout and we are very concerned about that,” Hosemann said. “We have a very active congressional race, we have opponents in the 3rd congressional district, both Democrat and Republican, so everyone needs to go cast a ballot. A lot of people are in Syria and Afghanistan fighting so that you can have that ability.”
Below is a list of important Election Day information:
Absentee Voting Deadline: UOCAVA voters, including servicemembers deployed outside their county of residence, must absentee vote by 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, June 5, 2018.
Polling Place Location: A polling place locator is 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.
Camera Phones: Voters are prohibited from taking pictures of their marked ballot.