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Posted on: July 30, 2020

Absentee Voting Information for the November 3, 2020 General Election

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Mississippi does NOT have early voting.  

Voting is on Election Day - unless a register voter has a valid reason to vote absentee before the election.

Absentee Voting Eligibility:

Some registered voters are eligible to vote by an absentee ballot because of age, health, work demands, temporary relocation for educational purposes, or their affiliation with the U.S. Armed Forces.  Please check with your Circuit Clerk to determine if you are entitled to vote by an absentee ballot and to learn the procedures for doing so. (See list at bottom of this page.)

If you know you will vote by an absentee ballot, you may contact your Circuit Clerk’s Office at any time within 45 days of the election. 662-469-8350 

COVID-19: *There is no exemption due to the fear of transmission of COVID-19.*

COVID-19 request to vote absentee will be included under a temporary physical disability and shall include any qualified voter who is under a physician-imposed quarantine to COVID-19; or is caring for a dependent who is under a physician-imposed quarantine due to COVID-19.

Dates for Voting Absentee:

  • Absentee voting in-person begins September 21, 2020 at the DeSoto County Courthouse, located at 2535 Highway 51 S. Hernando.   You must have a valid reason to vote absentee. 
  •  In addition to normal business hours, the Clerk’s office will remain open on Saturday October 24, from 8 a.m. until 12 noon and Saturday, October 31, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
  • Saturday October 31, at 5 p.m. is the last day to vote Absentee in-person in the Clerk’s office.

Parking: Limited parking spaces located on the south side of Courthouse will be reserved for absentee voters, however any spaces available around the square are to be used.

VOTE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO AVOID POSSIBLE LONG LINES CLOSER TO THE DEADLINE.

Reasons to receive a mailed Absentee Ballot:  

Those who are over 65, those who are physically disabled, students who are away at school, or if voters will be outside of the county for the entire 45 days of absentee voting. For voters who request absentee ballots due to disability, both ballot and absentee application will have to be witnessed. Any and all other request will require the voter’s signature to be notarized.

Deadlines for mail-in absentee ballots:

  • Absentee ballots that have been mailed to the voter must be received back in the Circuit Clerk’s office through the mail.  You can’t deliver the ballot to the Clerk’s office.
  • Deadline for mailed Absentee to be received by mail in the Circuit Clerk’s office is November 3rd, 2020 by 5 p.m.
  • Absentee ballots received after November 3rd, 2020 must be postmarked on or before Election Day, November 32020

**An Absentee Vote is a Final Vote!  You can no longer go to the polling place to vote on Election Day after you have cast your absentee ballot.**

The state has set up a Voter Website.  On the Y’all Vote website, you can update your registration, file a change of address, or change of name. This site can also be used to determine if you are registered to vote.

Below is a list of reasons to vote absentee, in person. 

1. Enlisted or commissioned members of the United States Armed Forces, their spouses and/or dependents, who will be absent from their county of residence on Election Day;

2. Members of the Merchant Marines or the American Red Cross, or their spouses and/or dependents, who will be absent from their county of residence on Election Day;

3. Disabled war veterans who are patients in any hospital, or their spouses and/or dependents, who will be absent from their county of residence on Election Day

4. Civilians attached to any branch of the Armed Forces, the Merchant Marines, or the American Red Cross and serving outside the United States, or their spouses and/or dependents, who will be absent from their county of residence on Election Day;

5. Trained or certified emergency response providers who is deployed on Election Day during any state of emergency declared by the President of the United States or any Governor of any U.S. State, who will be absent from their county of residence on Election Day;

 6. Persons temporarily residing outside the territorial limits of the United States and the District of Columbia;

7. Students, teachers, or administrators whose employment or studies necessitate their absence from their county of voting residence, or their dependent or spouse who maintains a common domicile outside the county of voting residence;

8. Persons who will be outside their county of residence on Election Day;

9. Persons required to be at work on Election Day during the times at which the polls will be open;

10. Persons temporarily or permanently physically disabled;

11. Persons sixty-five (65) years of age or older;

12. Parents, spouses, or dependents of persons having a temporary or permanent physical disability who are hospitalized outside their county of residence or more than fifty (50) miles away from their residence if the parents, spouses, and/or dependents will be with such persons on election day; and

13. Members of the Mississippi Congressional delegation, or their spouses and/or dependents, who will be absent from their county of residence on Election Day. (Miss. Code Ann. §§ 23-15-627; 23-15-673; 23-15-713)

For any further questions, or to request an absentee ballot, please feel free to call the DeSoto County Circuit Clerk’s office @ 662-469-8350.


Poll Workers: Request to serve as a Poll Worker for the November 3, 2020 election, should contact the Desoto County Election Commissioners.  The Circuit Clerk does not hire Poll Workers.

 www.desotocountyms.gov Election Commission.

Additionally, the Secretary of State has set up a poll worker portal. If you are interested in serving as a poll worker for the upcoming election, you can fill out the online form. The Secretary of State’s Office will send your information directly to your County Circuit Clerk and Election Commission. Your local election officials will contact you if your services are needed.

 https://www.sos.ms.gov/Elections-Voting/Pages/PollWorkerPortal.aspx


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