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In-person absentee balloting ends in Mississippi

Saturday afternoon at 5 p.m. was the deadline for in-person absentee voting in Mississippi ahead of Tuesday’s general election day. Mississippi officials have reported that as of Sunday, Nov. 1, the Statewide Election Management System (SEMS) reported a total of 248,335 absentee ballots requested, 247,650 absentee ballots sent, and 231,031 absentee ballots received in the state.

According to the state report, DeSoto County has received 13,637 absentee ballots. A total of 14,627 absentee ballots were sent and an equal number were requested. 

County totals are found here

As a reminder, the requested total reflects the number of Mississippi voters who have requested an absentee ballot through their local Circuit Clerk’s Office. The sent total reflects the number of absentee ballots sent to voters from Circuit Clerk Offices. The received total reflects the number of completed absentee ballots returned to Circuit Clerk Offices. 

To be counted in the general election, the absentee ballots must have a postmark of no later than Election Day, Nov. 3 and be received to the Circuit Clerk’s office within five days of the election. 

The Resolution Board can process absentee ballots at the opening of the polls on Election Day, which is 7 a.m.  

County election officials can tabulate ballots at the closing of the polls on Election Day at 7 p.m.

The Secretary of State’s office will not announce unofficial election results. As always, it will only announce and post certified election results submitted to its office by the counties.

Counties have 10 calendar days from Election Day to file certified results with the Secretary of State’s office. 

All certified election results from the 2020 Election Cycle will be posted on the Secretary of State’s office website. 

Counties may announce unofficial totals as the results come in from each precinct on Election Day and as absentee ballots are tallied on Election Night. While these results are generally reliable, it is important to remember any results reported the night of the Election are not considered official, certified election results. 

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