Voting?: Here's what you need to know - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Voting?: Here's what you need to know

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

On Tuesday, November 4, 2014, Mississippi voters will elect federal representatives, judges, and possibly some local officials as well. Polls are open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on Election Day.

· Toll-free Election Hotline: 1-844-MSVoter or 1-800-829-6786

· Election Reminders: Text “MSVoter” to 95577

· Polling Locator, Sample Ballot: www.sos.ms.gov/pollingplace

Some tips for Election Day:

Polling Location: This is especially important for first-time voters. Your voter registration card lists your proper polling location. If you are not sure of your polling location, visit the “Polling Locator” on the Secretary of State's website at www.sos.ms.gov/pollingplace or contact your local Circuit Clerk.

Voters will also be provided a copy of their sample ballot by entering their address in the polling locator.

Identification: State law requires individuals to present acceptable photo ID when casting a ballot on Election Day. Please have your acceptable photo ID ready when voting. If you do not have acceptable photo ID, your Circuit Clerk can provide a Mississippi Voter ID card, free of charge. If a voter does not have acceptable photo ID at the polls, he/she may still cast an affidavit ballot on Election Day, but must present acceptable photo ID to the Circuit Clerk within five business days after the election for the vote not to be rejected.

Campaigning at the polls: It is against the law for any candidate or candidate's representative to distribute campaign literature within 150 feet of a polling location.

It is the position of the Office of the Secretary of State that wearing clothing with a candidate's name and/or picture on it or other campaign paraphernalia within 150 feet of a polling location constitutes the posting of campaign literature and is prohibited.

Write-In Candidates: State law requires a space for a write-in candidate on the ballot. However, state law only allows for the tabulation of write-in candidates in the event of the death, resignation, withdrawal or removal of any candidate whose name is printed on the ballot.

Polls: Polls are open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. In the event there is a line at 7:00 pm when the polls close, a poll worker will stand at the end of the line to designate the last voter as of 7:00 pm. All voters who are standing in line at 7:00 pm will be allowed to cast a ballot in the General Election.

(Information provided by the MS Secretary of State's office)

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