November’s elections are less than five weeks away, and today is your last chance to register to vote.
To register, you must go to your local Circuit Clerk’s office and fill out a voter application. You can also download an application ahead of time on the Secretary of State’s website – here.
While today is the in-person deadline, the mail-in registration is set for tomorrow, October 9th. According to Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, mailed applications must be postmarked no later than Tuesday.
Hosemann’s office has continuously pushed for a higher voter turnout after just 13% of registered voters turned out for June’s primary elections. Currently, around 400,000 eligible Mississippians also remain unregistered with November’s midterm elections fast approaching.
With that in mind, Secretary Hosemann has continued to travel across the state to promote the importance of voting.
“The country is a three-legged stool. It’s run by the legislative, judicial and executive branches, and the common thread in all of them is that they’re all elected. The basis of this country, that three-legged stool, sits on the ballot box,” Hosemann explained.
Recently, the 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team was deployed to Kuwait, and Hosemann said that voting is one of the many rights that they are fighting to protect.
“So many people have fought and are fighting today for us to be able to cast a ballot in a free and fair election,” he stated. “We have the right to do that because of so many Mississippians that have died and fought for that, but we also have an obligation. That obligation is to go cast your ballot for the thousands of Mississippians that are sitting in sand dunes somewhere all over the world. I hope everybody will honor that, and honor your veterans and those serving by casting a ballot.”
Several key races will be on the ballot including the race to finish Thad Cochran’s term in the U.S. Senate, the race to replace Congressman Gregg Harper in Mississippi’s Third Congressional District along with several state and local government races.