MISSISSIPPI

How to vote from your hospital bed

LINKS

Before October 5, 2020

Register to Vote!

Find more information here https://www.sos.ms.gov/vote/Pages/default.aspx or at https://www.vote.org/.

After September 19, 2020 (Election Day)

Within 45 days of Election Day, you may apply to vote by absentee ballot. You must meet certain conditions for absentee voting, such as being over 65 years of age or being unable to go to a polling station because of a permanent or temporary disability (ex. being hospitalized).

5 PM on November 2, 2020

Your absentee ballot must be received by 5 PM on the day before Election Day in order to be counted.

 

DEADLINES

 

STEP-BY-STEP HOW TO VOTE

1.

Check Your Voter Registration

Check if you are registered to vote at https://www.sos.ms.gov/vote/Pages/default.aspx or at https://www.vote.org/.

2.

Complete an Emergency Absentee Ballot Application

There are several potential conditions that may qualify you to vote by absentee ballot:

  • The voter is disabled and therefore unable to vote in person

  • The voter is the parent, spouse or dependent of a disabled person "who is hospitalized outside of [his or her] county of residence or more than 50 miles away" and will be with the disabled person on Election Day

  • The voter is 65 years old or older

In order to initiate this process, you must call your County Election Office. The contact information for your County Election Office can be found here. Please clarify the process that the office would like you to follow in order to obtain your absentee ballot, such as necessary identification to provide. You may request your application through telephone or send an agent (ex. family member) with a written designation by the elector, which must be witnessed and include your address. Following this, your County Election Office may either mail your emergency absentee ballot application to you or give it to your agent.

3.

Return Your Application

After filling out your application, you may return it to your County Election Office by mail or through your agent.

4.

Obtain Your Ballot

After returning your application, your ballot will be either mailed to you or given to your agent if they went to the County Election Office in-person to return your ballot.

5.

Vote!

Fill out your ballot! 

6.

Return Your Completed Ballot

You must mail your absentee ballot back to your County Election Office. Your ballot must be received by the registrar by 5 PM on the day before the election in order to be counted.

 

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STATE LAW

Mississippi Code Title 23. Elections § 23-15-673

(1) For the purposes of this subarticle, the term “absent voter” shall mean and include the following persons if they are absent from their county of residence and are otherwise qualified to vote in Mississippi:

(a) Any enlisted or commissioned members, male or female, of the United States Army, or any of its respective components or various divisions thereof;  any enlisted or commissioned members, male or female, of the United States Navy, or any of its respective components or various divisions thereof;  any enlisted or commissioned members, male or female, of the United States Air Force, or any of its respective components or various divisions thereof;  any enlisted or commissioned members, male or female, of the United States Marines, or any of its respective components or various divisions thereof;  or any persons in any division of the armed services of the United States, who are citizens of Mississippi;

(b) Any member of the Merchant Marine and the American Red Cross who is a citizen of Mississippi;

(c) Any disabled war veteran who is a patient in any hospital and who is a citizen of Mississippi;

(d) Any civilian attached to and serving outside of the United States with any branch of the Armed Forces or with the Merchant Marine or American Red Cross, and who is a citizen of Mississippi;

(e) Any trained or certified emergency response provider who is deployed during the time period authorized by law for absentee voting, on election day, or during any state of emergency declared by the President of the United States or any Governor of any state within the United States;

(f) Any citizen of Mississippi temporarily residing outside the territorial limits of the United States and the District of Columbia;

(g) Any citizen of Mississippi enrolled as a student at the United States Naval Academy, the United States Coast Guard Academy, the United States Merchant Marine Academy, the United States Air Force Academy or the United States Military Academy.

 

COVID-19 and Patient Voting

Here is how COVID-19 is affecting Patient Voting in this state:

Due to COVID-19, the 2nd Congressional District Republican runoff election between Brian Flowers and Thomas Carey has been rescheduled to June 23, 2020. More information on this as well as the most up-to-date information on how COVID-19 is impacting Mississippi's elections can be found here.

If you fulfill conditions that may qualify you to vote by an absentee ballot, such as being over the age of 65 or having a disability, you may apply to do so in order to avoid having to be physically present at a polling location in order to vote. No decision has been made yet as to whether all registered Mississippi voters will be able to vote by absentee ballot for upcoming elections.

Contact patientvoting@gmail.com for more info

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