2020 Election Voter’s Guide: Information & Deadlines

Mark your calendars. The 2020 General Election is fast approaching. Here’s what you need to know about how, when and where to vote.


When is election day?

Election day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Polls open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m.


What’s on the ballot?

The 2020 General Election ballot includes the races for President of the United States, Mississippi’s U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representative seats, and Mississippi Supreme Court nonpartisan judicial seats. Several statewide measures are also on the ballot, including the flag referendum. You can view a sample of the 2020 Official Election Ballot here.


What is the deadline to register to vote?

The deadline to register is October 5, 2020.

  • Applicants who register in person must be registered by October 5th or earlier.
  • Registration applications that are mailed in must be postmarked no later than October 5th to be eligible.


How do I register to vote?

In Mississippi, you can register to vote in person or by mail.

  • To register in person in Lafayette County, please visit the Circuit Clerk’s office.
  • To register by mail, download this voter registration form: https://rb.gy/hwiizd. Fill out the form and mail or hand-deliver to the Circuit Clerk’s office at 1 Courthouse Sq., Ste. 101 Oxford, MS 38655.
  • Mississippi does not offer online voter registration.


How old must I be to register to vote?

You can be 17 to register to vote, but you must be 18 by November 3, 2020, to participate in the 2020 election.


What if I need to change my address?

Any address changes within Lafayette County can be made online at: https://rb.gy/iy8cs4, or by visiting the Circuit Clerk’s office.


Can I early vote?

Mississippi does not currently allow voters to early vote.


How do I absentee vote?

Absentee ballots will become available on September 21, 2020, at the Circuit Clerk’s office. You can absentee vote in-person or by mail. To vote via absentee ballot you must meet at least one of the guidelines listed here. If you have any questions, please contact the Circuit Clerk’s office.


Absentee Voting Dates:

Monday through Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 3, 2020: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 24, 2020: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 31, 2020: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Last day to absentee vote in-person.)


Mail-In absentee ballots must be postmarked on or before 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3.


Where do I vote?

You can find your Lafayette County Voting Precincts by visiting: https://lafayettems.com/voting/


What do I need to bring with me to vote?

You will need to bring a form of government-issued photo identification to the polls. Acceptable forms of identification include:

  • A driver’s license
  • A photo ID card issued by a branch, department, or entity of the State of Mississippi
  • A United States passport
  • A government employee ID card
  • A firearms license
  • A student photo ID issued by an accredited Mississippi university, college, or community/junior college
  • A United States military ID
  • A tribal photo ID
  • Any other photo ID issued by any branch, department, agency or entity of the United States government or any State government
  • A Mississippi Voter Identification Card


If you are not able to provide this form of identification, the Circuit Clerk’s Office can provide you with a Voter Identification Card free of charge.


How can I become a poll worker?

Poll working is an integral part of the voting process. Ensuring a safe, reliable and streamlined environment helps voters and election officials. To understand how you can get involved, visit: https://rb.gy/ioo4n7


Where can I find more information?

Additional information regarding voting procedure can be found on the Secretary of State’s website or by contacting the Circuit Clerk’s office at (662) 234-4951.