Absentee voting deadline nears ahead of primary elections

Saturday is an important day ahead of Tuesday’s primary elections in Mississippi. 

If you won’t be able to make it to the polls on Tuesday, tomorrow is the in-person absentee voting deadline, and Circuit Clerk’s offices will open across the state from 8 a.m. to noon. The mail-in deadline is Monday, March 9th at 5 p.m.  

According to Secretary of State Michael Watson, around 10,500 of the 15,000 requested absentee ballots have been filled out and returned, which is 8,000 less than were turned in during the 2016 primaries. 

“As we’ve traveled around the state during our 82-county tour meeting with Circuit Clerks and Election Commissioners, we’ve consistently heard reports of lower than normal numbers regarding absentee voters,” said Secretary Watson. “Our office has been spreading the word and encouraging Mississippians as often as we can to get out and vote in the upcoming Primary Elections, so we hope those numbers will see a spike this weekend. Additionally, we’ll continue our efforts to drive up the turnout on Election Day. Too many men and women fought for our right to vote for us not to give it our all. We’ll continue to remind voters of what an honor the right to vote is and encourage them to get to the polls.”

On Tuesday, you’ll vote in the Presidential primary and several Congressional races in Mississippi. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Voters can find their polling place and a sample ballot by visiting the Secretary of State’s Polling Place Locator.