State and local offices will be on the ballot across the state on Tuesday, headlined by the governor’s race between incumbent Republican Gov. Tate Reeves and Democratic challenger Brandon Presley.
But across the state, much more will be on the ballot. Voters will see elections for all eight statewide offices, all 174 legislative seats, 22 district attorney seats, and various county offices such as for sheriff and supervisor.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today. To locate your voting precinct and view sample ballots, click here.
Absentee voting numbers are higher this year than four years ago — a signal that can portend a high in-person turnout for a statewide election. As of Monday, there had been 56,403 absentee ballots completed and returned to local circuit clerks’ offices, compared to a little over 48,000 absentee votes counted in the 2019 statewide election. More than 62,000 absentee ballots have been requested for this election. Mailed absentee ballots will be counted as long as they are postmarked by election day and are returned through the mail to the local circuit clerk’s office by Nov. 15.
People who have recently moved and now live in a new precinct but did not have time to change their residency with their local circuit clerk’s office should vote at their new precinct. According to the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office, the person living in the new location should vote by affidavit and place their new address on their affidavit envelope. Listing the new address on the envelope will change their voting location for future elections and the affidavit ballot should count for Tuesday’s election.
Below are previews of the key elections on Nov. 7.
Republican incumbent Gov. Tate Reeves faces Democratic challenger Brandon Presley on Nov. 7. A third candidate, independent Gwendolyn Gray, dropped out of the race in October but will will be on the ballot. Gray’s candidacy could throw the race into chaos, potentially forcing the first gubernatorial runoff in state history.
Incumbent Republican Delbert Hosemann, seeking a second and final term as lieutenant governor, faces Democratic challenger D. Ryan Grover.
Election preview: Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann faces challenge from Ryan Grover
Incumbent Republican Attorney General Lynn Fitch faces Democratic challenger Greta Kemp Martin.
Secretary of State
Incumbent Republican Secretary of State Michael Watson, seeking a second term, faces Democratic challenger Ty Pinkins.
Election preview: Secretary of State Michael Watson faces challenger Ty Pinkins
Democrat Addie Lee Green is challenging Republican incumbent Treasurer David McRae.
Election preview: Treasurer David McRae faces challenge from Addie Lee Green
Republican incumbent Auditor Shad White faces a challenge from Democrat Larry Bradford.
Election preview: Auditor Shad White faces challenge from Larry Bradford
Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce
Incumbent Republican Agriculture Commissioner Andy Gipson faces Democratic nominee Robert Bradford.
Election preview: Ag Commissioner Andy Gipson faces challenger Robert Bradford
Commissioner of Insurance
Republican Mike Chaney, seeking his fifth term as Mississippi insurance commissioner, is being challenged by Democrat Bruce Burton in Tuesday’s general election.
Election preview: Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney faces challenger Bruce Burton
Even though all 122 legislative districts will be on Tuesday, Democrats have no chance of wrestling control from the Republican majority later this fall.
Because Democrats are not challenging in enough legislative seats to gain control, the best they can hope for is ending supermajority Republican control of both the House and Senate.
District attorney and sheriff races
At least 20 new sheriffs and three new district attorneys are expected to take office next year, and that number could grow after runoff elections later this month and the November general election.
Election Preview: New faces emerge as winners in sheriffs and DA races
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