Deadline for voter registration nearing
Published 10:52 am Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Municipal primary elections will be held locally in Oxford, Taylor and Abbeville and new voters hoping to cast a ballot have just a couple of weeks to send in their voter registration application.
Additionally, Mississippians who are already registered to vote, but have recently moved or changed their name, must update their registration information in order to cast a ballot in the correct precinct on Primary Election Day.
Mississippi’s registration deadline is Saturday, April 1, or 30 days before primary polls open at 7 a.m. on May 2. Municipal Clerks’ offices will be open on April 1 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. to accept in-person applications.
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“Our communities are shaped by our local leaders, but governance begins at the ballot box when citizens cast their vote on Election Day,” Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said. “I am encouraging all eligible, voting age Mississippians to fill out and file their registration application today.”
A downloadable registration application, which should be mailed or delivered to the Circuit Clerk where the voter resides, is accessible on Y’all Vote, www.yallvote.sos.ms.gov, the Secretary of State’s new online voter information center.
An individual is eligible to register to vote if he or she is at least 18 years old, or will be 18 years old by June 6, 2017 (the date of the municipal general election); is a Mississippi resident; has not been convicted in a Mississippi court of a disenfranchising crime; and has not been adjudicated as mentally incompetent. Mississippi currently has more than 1.8 million active registered voters.
Citizens who have already registered to vote in Mississippi but moved since the last election or changed their name can update their information online at Y’all Vote. More than 1,000 voters in Mississippi have used the system since it was launched about six months ago.
A voter updating their registration information on Y’all Vote must provide his or her county, name, date of birth and the last four digits of his or her social security number to locate previously-existing information in the Statewide Elections Management System. The voter must also be located in the Mississippi Department of Public Safety database by providing his or her name, address, date of birth and driver’s license or identification number exactly as the information appears on a Mississippi-issued license or ID. After the voter’s address or name is updated, the new information is electronically-transmitted to the Circuit Clerk of the voter’s county of residence.
For more information about registering to vote for the first time in Mississippi or changing an address or name as a previously-existing active registered Mississippi voter, visit the Secretary of State’s website or call the Elections Division at 601-576-2550.