Jackson, MS- Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann would like to issue some tips for making Election Day smoother for Mississippi voters.
"There is no doubt Tuesday, November 4th will be a historic election, and we anticipate a record turnout," says Secretary Hosemann. "Our office is doing all that we can to ensure this election is run as efficiently as possible. But there are a few things a voter can do as well."
- Cast your Ballot at "Off" Times: To avoid anticipated long lines and if your schedule permits, vote at times other than 7:00 am to 9:00 am and 5:00 pm-7:00 pm. If possible, try to cast your ballot at "slower" times, such as mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
- Find Your Polling Location prior to Election Day: This is especially important for first-time voters. Check your voter registration card for your proper polling location. Our website also offers a polling place locater at: http://cfl.sos.state.ms.us/webpages/searchpolling.aspx
- Confirm your registration with your Circuit Clerk: If you have moved recently, not received your voter registration card, or registered to vote through the Department of Public Safety, we ask voters to take a proactive approach and check their registrations prior to November 4th. For a complete list of registrars and their contact information, you can visit our website at: http://www.sos.state.ms.us/elections/VoterRegistrars.asp
- Identification: If you are a first time, mail-in registrant, and you did not provide identification with your application and you could not be verified through the Department of Public Safety, by federal law, you are required to show identification acceptable to the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) standards. According to HAVA, the following are acceptable forms of identification: a copy of a current and valid photo ID, a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document that shows the name and address of the voter.
- Review the ballot before Election Day: The Secretary of State's website hosts the official sample ballot, but, keep in mind, local elections are not reflected on the sample ballot. Most Circuit Clerks' offices have sample ballots containing local elections for review. If you think you may have questions on Election Day about a particular race, please review your county's ballot prior to heading to the polls.
- Watch what you wear: 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 a t-shirt with a candidates 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.
- Most Importantly, BE PATIENT: With the predicted unprecedented turnout, longer lines are expected at polling locations. Keep in mind, paper ballots cannot be used as a convenience, i.e., due to long lines, in counties that are utilizing voting machines. Make sure you allot ample time to cast your ballot, and be patient with your fellow voters and particularly your elections staff.