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Primary election runoff: what you need to know

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Mississippians will be casting their ballots Tuesday, June 26th to elect their U.S. Senator and House Representative. Polls will open for the 2018 Primary Elections at 7 a.m. and will close at 7 p.m. that evening. Any voter in line at 7 p.m. is entitled to cast a ballot.

Sample Ballot

Mississippians can cast a ballot in the U.S. Senate/Democratic Primary, which is a statewide race; and the 3rd Congressional District/Republican Primary, which is confined to the 3rd Congressional District in Mississippi.

“On Primary Election Day, we only had 13 percent of Mississippians turn out to cast a ballot,” said Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “Simultaneously, we had more than 3,000 Mississippi National Guardsmen and women deploying to the Middle East to fight for our freedoms. We should honor these soldiers on Tuesday with a better showing at the polls.”

Important election day information:

  • Voters who voted in the primary election of one party cannot cross over and vote in the primary runoff election of the other party.  Voters who did not cast a ballot in the primary, however, may vote in either primary runoff race provided they live in the district.
  • Polling Place Location: A polling place locator is available on the Secretary of State’s website at A sample ballot specific to the voter’s polling place is located on the Polling Place Locator website.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Cameras/Phones: Voters are prohibited from taking pictures of their marked ballot.

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