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Voter Registration Deadline for June Primaries is Monday, May 9

a photo of people standing in a line outside to vote behind a sign that reads, "Your Vote Matters!"
In order to vote in the June 7, 2022, primaries, Mississippi residents must register to vote by May 9, 2022. Photo by Allie Jordan

Mississippi residents have until Monday, May 9, to register to vote in the June primaries for the state’s four congressional districts.

Voters may download and print a voter-registration application at the Mississippi Secretary of State’s website here or at their local circuit clerk or municipal clerk’s office.

The primaries take place on June 7, 2022. Registered voters can choose to vote in either the Democratic or Republican primaries in their congressional districts. Voters in Bolivar, Humphreys, Sharkey and Washington counties will also have general elections for levee commissioners on that day.

Secretary of State Michael Watson has urged voters to verify their vote registration is active by checking online at this link. Voter registration applications must be postmarked or filed in their county circuit clerk’s office by Monday, May 9.

When they arrive at the polls on June 7, voters must bring an acceptable form of photo identification, such as a driver’s license, state-issued photo ID, U.S. passport, government employee ID card, student ID from a state university or college, firearms license, tribal ID or a Mississippi Voter Identification Card. Information on how residents can obtain a free voter identification card from their local circuit clerk’s office is available here.

Residents can register to vote in the June primaries only if they are U.S. citizens, will be 18 by the Nov. 8, 2022, general election, have been a resident of the state and their county for at least 30 days, have not been adjudicated as mentally incompetent and have not been convicted of any disenfranchising crimes.

Disenfranchising crimes include: voter fraud, murder, rape, bribery, theft, arson, obtaining money or goods under false pretense, perjury, forgery, embezzlement, bigamy, armed robbery, extortion, felony bad check, felony shoplifting, larceny, receiving stolen property, robbery, timber larceny, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, statutory rape, carjacking or larceny under lease or rental agreement. 

Voters who have been convicted of those crimes can only have their voting rights restored by either obtaining a pardon from the  governor or petitioning the Mississippi Legislature to do so on their behalf.

More information on voting is available on the Secretary of State’s FAQ section and Voter Information Guide.

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