As of 8 a.m. today, 46,545 Mississippians have requested absentee ballots for the upcoming August 6 Primary Election, and 41,097 absentee ballots have been received back to the Circuit Clerks’ Offices.

26,337 Democratic ballots were requested with 22,673 received. 20,207 Republican ballots were requested with 18,387 received.

Comparatively, in the 2015 Primary Election, 41,392 absentee ballots were requested, with 37,318 absentee ballots received.  The number of votes cast in the 2015 Republican Primary Election totaled 279,428 and the number of votes cast in the 2015 Democratic Primary Election totaled 299,278, for a grand total of 578,706 votes cast.  More than 1.8 million Mississippians are registered to vote in the upcoming election.  Census data estimates the State’s eligible voting-age population to be about 2.2 million.

Circuit Clerks’ Offices must be in receipt of absentee ballots returned by mail by 5 p.m. today. For military and overseas voters, absentee ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 6.

Polls are open on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Any voter in line at 7 p.m. is entitled to cast a ballot.  Voters can find their polling place and a sample ballot by visiting the Secretary of State’s Polling Place Locator.

For more information about State election laws or Election Day information, visit Y’all Vote,, or call the Elections Division Hotline at (601) 576-2550 or 1-800-829-6786.


Press Release

Secretary of State’s Office