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Primary election day reminders

Bob BakkenAugust 1, 20230 Commentsabsentee voting,michael watson,mississippi,polls,primary election,secretary of stateEdit

We are just days away from the Tuesday, Aug. 8 primary elections in Mississippi. Voters should be prepared before heading to the polls. 

Ballots may be cast for the Aug. 8 primary election between 7 a.m.-7 p.m.  Any voter in line at 7 p.m. is legally entitled to cast a ballot.

For election questions, call the Elections Division at (800) 829-6786, email, or visit


In-Person Absentee Voting Deadline: The last day to absentee vote in-person is Saturday, Aug. 5. Circuit Clerk Offices will be open from 8 a.m.-12 noon.

Mail-In Absentee Voting Deadline: All mail-in absentee ballots must be postmarked by Aug. 8 and received by county Circuit Clerk Offices by Aug. 15 in order to count.

Voter ID Affidavit Ballot Deadline: Voters who cast an affidavit ballot by reason of voter ID must present an acceptable form of photo ID to their Circuit Clerk’s Office by Aug. 15.

Polling Place Location: Visit the polling place locator on the My Election Day portal, or contact your county Circuit Clerk’s Office or local Election Commissioners to verify your polling place.

Voter Photo ID: Voters are required to show photo identification at the polls. A voter without an acceptable form of photo identification is entitled to cast an affidavit ballot.

Campaigning: It is unlawful to campaign for any candidate within 150 feet of any entrance to a polling place, unless on private property.

Loitering: The polling places should be clear for 30 feet from every entrance of all people except elections officials, voters waiting to vote, or authorized poll watchers.

Camera Phones: Voters are prohibited from taking pictures of their marked ballot.

Bob Bakken

Bob Bakken is the most recognized and most trusted name in DeSoto County news and sports reporting, as readers continue to express their appreciation for his accuracy and fairness in the stories he writes. Bob is also heard on 95.3 The Rebel twice a week with sports updates and high school football play-by-play broadcasts in the fall. A former newspaper editor and writer, his award-winning background also includes television news producing, sports media relations, and radio broadcasting.

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