The COVID-19 pandemic prompted several changes to state election laws. Please review the following information to ensure you are well aware of current procedures and guidelines regarding the 2020 General Election.
- The absentee voting exception for those with a temporary or permanent physical disability, which is an eligible excuse for mail-in absentee voting, now includes, but is not limited to, those who are under a physician-imposed quarantine, or those who are caring for a dependent who is under a physician-imposed quarantine, due to COVID-19.
- Mail-in absentee ballots may be received up to five (5) business days after the election IF the envelope is postmarked on or before the date of the election.
- Absentee ballots will now be the final vote, which means those who vote absentee may not appear on Election Day and cast a regular ballot.
- Our office is working closely with local election officials to ensure in-person voting on Election Day is as safe as possible. Each poll manager will be equipped with masks, gloves, and face shields, while hand sanitizer and single-use pens and/or styluses will be available for all voters. Additionally, a limited number of masks will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis for voters who do not have their own.
Please verify your polling place prior to voting on Election Day, as your regular polling place might have changed
due to COVID-19. Our Y’all Vote website (yallvote.ms) features a Polling Place Locator and other helpful resources
such as sample ballots and a portal to verify your voter registration status. For additional questions, please contact your local Circuit Clerk’s Office or the Secretary of State’s Office. We expect to see an increase in the number of absentee ballots requested this year due to COVID-19. If you plan to vote by absentee ballot, please request your ballot as soon as possible.