Mississippi absentee ballot requests surpass 2016 total

Absentee voting continues to be a popular option in Mississippi ahead of November’s election. 

According to the latest data from the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office, 120,253 absentee ballots have been requested — surpassing 2016’s total of 110,812. So far, 115,848 of those ballots have been sent and 89,499 have been returned to Circuit Clerks offices. 

In 2016, 102,915 absentee ballots were completed and returned.

In the latest update, SOS Michael Watson included several important dates to remember: 

  • Circuit Clerk Offices will be open from 8 a.m. to noon this Saturday, October 24, 2020, to allow Mississippians the opportunity to absentee vote in person.
  • The deadline for in-person absentee voting is Saturday, October 31, 2020, at 5 p.m.
  • All mail-in absentee ballots must be postmarked by Election Day (November 3) and received within five business days of Election Day in order to count.

In the upcoming election, you’ll be voting in the Presidential race, a U.S. Senate race, your local races and key issues such as medical marijuana and the state flag proposal.