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Watson releases 2022 General Election Absentee Report

As of Sunday, Oct. 23, the Statewide Election Management System (SEMS) reported a total of 17,693 absentee ballots requested16,884 absentee ballots sent, and 10,186 absentee ballots received in the state of Mississippi for the 2022 General Election. 
Click here to view county reports. In DeSoto County, as of Sunday, 750 absentee ballots had been requested, 706 had been sent, 85 ballots had been received and accepted.

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. 

Additional Reminders

  • All mail-in absentee ballots must be postmarked by Election Day (Nov. 8) and received within five business days of Election Day in order to count.
  • The Resolution Board can begin processing absentee ballots at the opening of the polls on Election Day (7 a.m.). 
  • County election officials can tabulate ballots at the closing of the polls on Election Day (7 p.m.).
  • The Secretary of State’s office will not announce unofficial election results. It will only announce and post certified election results submitted to the office by the counties.
  • Counties have ten (10) calendar days from Election Day to file certified results with the Secretary of State’s office. 
    • All certified election results from the 2022 Election Cycle will be posted here.
  • 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. 

For questions regarding absentee voting, please contact the Elections Division at, call the Elections Hotline at 1-800-829-6786, or visit