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Mississippi general election 2023: What to know before heading to the polls

Mississippi’s General Election Day is less than a week away, with the November 7 ballot set to feature statewide, state district, county, and county district offices.

To make navigating the voting process as easy as possible, Secretary of State Michael Watson has provided the following election-day reminders:

In-Person Absentee Voting Deadline: The last day to absentee vote in person is Saturday, November 4. Circuit Clerk Offices will be open from 8 a.m. to noon. Mail-In Absentee Voting Deadline: All mail-in absentee ballots must be postmarked by November 7 and received by county Circuit Clerk Offices by November 15 to count. Voter ID Affidavit Ballot Deadline: Voters who cast an affidavit ballot by reason of voter ID must present an acceptable form of photo ID to their Circuit Clerk’s Office by November 15. Polling Place Location: Visit the polling place locator on the My Election Day portal, or contact your county Circuit Clerk’s Office or local Election Commissioners to verify your polling place. Voter Photo ID: Voters are required to show photo identification at the polls.  A voter without an acceptable form of photo identification is entitled to cast an affidavit ballot. Campaigning: It is unlawful to campaign for any candidate within 150 feet of any entrance to a polling place, unless on private property. Loitering: The polling places should be clear 30 feet from every entrance of all people except election officials, voters waiting to vote, or authorized poll watchers. Camera Phones: Voters are prohibited from taking pictures of their marked ballot.

At this time, approximately 36,000 absentee ballots have been requested throughout Mississippi, according to the Statewide Election Management System (SEMS).

As of Monday, 35,946 absentee ballots were requested with 28,379 of those already being filled out and received for the upcoming statewide elections.

The most recent SEMS report stated that the number of absentee ballots requested reflects the number of Mississippi voters that asked for a ballot through their local circuit clerk’s office while the received total shows the number of completed ballots that were returned.

In-person voting will open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, but any voter

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