What you need to know ahead of Tuesday’s runoff elections

Several statewide primaries and many state Senate and House races are still up in the air ahead of tomorrow’s runoff elections. 

On the Republican ticket, voters will decide between Tate Reeves and Bill Waller Jr. in the Gubernatorial race, and the Attorney General’s race is down to Lynn Fitch and Andy Taggart. Voters in North Mississippi will also vote to choose a candidate in the region’s race for Transportation Commissioner. There are also 10 state House/Senate seat primaries that need to be settled. 

Sample Ballot: Republican runoff ballot 

On the Democratic ticket, just six state House/Senate seat primaries are on the ballot along with the primary race for Central District Public Service Commissioner. 

Sample Ballot: Democratic runoff ballot 

Polls open across the state tomorrow morning at 7 a.m. and will remain open until 7 p.m. Make sure you bring a photo ID when you got to the polls.

To find your polling place, visit the Secretary of State’s Website.

The Secretary of State’s office wants to remind you that even if you didn’t vote in August 6th’s primary elections, you are still eligible to vote in the runoffs as long as you’re registered to vote. 

If you did vote on the 6th and intend to cast a ballot in the runoff, you must vote in the same political party’s runoff as you did for the primary.

As of 1 p.m. today, 27,518 Mississippians have requested absentee ballots for the upcoming August 27 Primary Runoff Election, and 24,347 absentee ballots have been received back to the Circuit Clerks’ Offices.

Ahead of the primary election, 46,636 absentee ballots were requested, with 42,858 absentee ballots returned. The number of votes cast in the August 6th Republican primary election totaled 383,080 and the number of votes cast in the August 6th Democratic primary election totaled 302,390, for a grand total of 685,470 votes cast.

More than 1.8 million Mississippians are registered to vote in the upcoming election.  Census data estimates the State’s eligible voting-age population to be about 2.2 million.

Circuit Clerks’ Offices must be in receipt of absentee ballots returned by mail by 5 p.m. today. For military and overseas voters, absentee ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 27.

  • Voter Photo ID: Voters are required to show photo identification at the polls.  A voter without an acceptable form of photo identification is entitled to cast an affidavit ballot.  An affidavit ballot may be counted if the voter provides an acceptable form of photo identification to the Circuit Clerk’s Office within five business days after the election.  For more information, visit www.msvoterID.ms.gov.
  • Campaigning: It is unlawful to campaign for any candidate within 150 feet of any entrance to a polling place, unless on private property.
  • Loitering: The polling places should be clear for 30 feet from every entrance of all people except elections officials, voters waiting to vote, or authorized poll watchers.
  • Camera Phones: Voters are prohibited from taking pictures of their marked ballot.

For more information about State election laws or Election Day information, visit Y’all Vote, www.yallvote.sos.ms.gov, or call the Elections Division Hotline at (601) 576-2550 or 1-800-829-6786.