Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?
To be qualified to vote absentee, you must be:
- Member of the Armed Forces, or spouse or dependent of such member
- Member of the Merchant Marine or the American Red Cross, or spouse or dependent of such member
- Disabled war veteran who is a patient in any hospital, or spouse or dependent of such veteran
- Civilian attached to any branch of the Armed Forces, Merchant Marine, or American Red Cross and serving outside the United States, or spouse or dependent of such civilian
- Temporarily residing outside the territorial limits of the United States and the District of Columbia
- Student, teacher, or administrator whose employment or studies necessitate his/her absence from county of voting residence, or spouse or dependent who maintains a common domicile outside the county of voting residence with such student, teacher, or administrator
- Outside county of residence on Election Day
- Temporarily or permanently physically disabled
- Sixty-five (65) years of age or older
- Parent, spouse, or dependent of a person having a temporary or permanent physical disability who is hospitalized outside his/her county of residence or more than fifty (50) miles away from his/her residence if the parent, spouse, or dependent will be with such person on Election Day
- Member of the Mississippi Congressional delegation, or spouse or dependent of such member
- Required to be at work on Election Day during the times at which the polls will be open
First-time voters who have not voted in a previous federal election, or who have never voted in their county of residence in a federal election, AND who did not provide either a driver’s license number or the last four digits of a Social Security number at the time of registration, must present documentation proving their identity in order to complete their voter registration. First time voters who are voting in person must present this documentation at the polls. First time voters who are voting by mail/absentee ballot must enclose a copy of such documentation with their ballot request or ballot. This is required under the federal Help America Vote Act, enacted in 2002.
Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?
No. Unless you are a first-time voter – see Voter Registration section above.
Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?
No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match your voter registration signature.
last update: April 15, 2020