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Mississippi primary election 2023: What to know before heading to the polls

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Mississippi’s Primary Election Day is here with the ballot featuring statewide, state district, county, and county district offices.

To make navigating the voting process as easy as possible, Secretary of State Michael Watson has provided the following election-day reminders:

  • Mail-In Absentee Voting Deadline: All mail-in absentee ballots must be postmarked by August 8 and received by county Circuit Clerk Offices by August 15 in order to count.
  • Voter ID Affidavit Ballot Deadline: Voters who cast an affidavit ballot by reason of voter ID must present an acceptable form of photo ID to their Circuit Clerk’s Office by August 15.
  • Polling Place Location: Visit the polling place locator on the My Election Day portal, or contact your county Circuit Clerk’s Office or local Election Commissioners to verify your polling place.
  • 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. Click here to view a list of acceptable photo IDs.
  • 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 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.

At this time, over 45,000 absentee ballots have been requested throughout Mississippi, according to the Statewide Election Management System (SEMS).

As of Monday, a total of 44,715 absentee ballots have been sent, while 40,696 absentee ballots have been received for the 2023 primary election.

The most recent SEMS report stated 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.

Polls on Tuesday are open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m. Any voter in line at 7:00 p.m. is legally entitled to cast a ballot. The in-person absentee deadline was on Saturday, August 5.

Problems at the polls observed by state observers or otherwise reported to our Elections Division will be referred to the authorities, including the Attorney General’s Office or the appropriate District Attorney’s Office.

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.

For questions regarding election day, call the Elections Division at (800) 829-6786, email, or visit

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