VOTE: Election 2020
Mississippi
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VOTING IN PERSON

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7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

ID Requirements
Photo identification is required:

Driver's license
Photo ID card issued by a branch, department, or entity of the State of Mississippi
U.S. passport
Government employee ID card
Firearms license
Student photo ID issued by an accredited Mississippi university, college, or community/junior college
United States military ID
Tribal photo ID
Mississippi voter ID card

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VOTE BY MAIL

Can I vote by mail in Mississippi?
Yes! Voting by mail is allowed, but requires an excuse.

Can I submit an application online?
No, you must contact your Circuit Clerk's office and request a mail-in ballot application be mailed to you.

What's the deadline to request a mail-in ballot?
The deadline to apply for your mail-in ballot has passed. Your request had to be received on September 21, 2020.

What's the deadline to submit my ballot?
Your mail-in ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day (Nov. 3), and received by your local election office within seven calendar days (Nov. 10) of the election. You can also drop off your ballot in person at your local election office from Oct. 24 to Oct 31.

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Candidates & Races

President of the United States

Biography

Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. (b. November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is the former Democratic vice president of the United States, serving under President Barack Obama (D) from January 20, 2009, to January 20, 2017. He previously served as a U.S. senator from Delaware from 1973 to 2009.

On April 25, 2019, Biden announced that he was running for president of the United States in 2020. With the plurality of pledged delegates, Biden became the presumptive Democratic nominee on April 8, 2020, after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) suspended his presidential campaign. Biden crossed the delegate threshold necessary to win the nomination on June 5, 2020, and was formally nominated at the 2020 Democratic National Convention on August 18, 2020.

Biden announced U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D) as his running mate on August 11, 2020. He called her "a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants." Harris is the first Black woman to appear on a major party's ticket in the United States.

On January 12, 2017, President Barack Obama awarded Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his lifetime of public service, marking the final time Obama would present the nation's highest civilian honor. Biden received the award with distinction, an additional honor given only to Pope John Paul II, former President Ronald Reagan, and retired Gen. Colin Powell in the previous three administrations.

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Donald John Trump (b. June 14, 1946, in Queens, New York) is the 45th and current president of the United States. He assumed office on January 20, 2017. He filed to run for re-election on the same day.

Key policy initiatives during Trump's first term include the United States withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and First Step Act in 2018, reducing the size of the ISIS caliphate, and establishing the Space Force as an independent military branch. Trump has made more than 200 federal judicial appointments, including two U.S. Supreme Court justices.

During his presidency, Trump has issued eight vetoes. To read more about these vetoes, click here.

On December 18, 2019, Trump became the third president in U.S. history to be impeached by the U.S. House. The U.S. Senate acquitted Trump on both charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress on February 5, 2020.

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Vice President of the United States

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Kamala Devi Harris (b. October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from California. Harris was first elected to the Senate in 2016. She became the second Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate and the first Indian American to serve in the chamber.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced Harris was his running mate on August 11, 2020. He called her "a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants." Harris is the first Black woman to appear on a major party's ticket in the United States.

Harris previously ran for president of the United States, entering the race on January 21, 2019. She suspended her presidential campaign on December 3, 2019, and endorsed Biden on March 8, 2020.

Harris is the former attorney general of California. She served in the position from 2011 to 2017. She also served as San Francisco's district attorney from 2004 to 2011.

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Michael Richard "Mike" Pence (b. June 7, 1959, in Columbus, Indiana) is the 48th vice president of the United States, serving in President Donald Trump's (R) administration. He was elected on November 8, 2016, and sworn in on January 20, 2017.

Pence served as the 50th governor of Indiana from 2013 to 2017. As governor, Pence signed into law a 5 percent individual income tax cut in Indiana. He also supported the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 2015, allowing individuals and businesses to exert a right to the free exercise of religion. In his first year in office, FiveThirtyEight ranked him as the second most conservative governor in the country.

From 2001 to 2013, Pence served as a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. During his final year in the House, Pence was rated a far-right Republican leader based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack.

Pence's press secretary stated that Pence tested negative for coronavirus on March 21, 2020. Pence was tested after one of his staffers tested positive. Click here for more information on political figures impacted by coronavirus.

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U.S. Senate Mississippi

Biography

Cindy Hyde-Smith (Republican Party) is a member of the U.S. Senate from Mississippi. She assumed office in 2018. Her current term ends on January 3, 2021.

Hyde-Smith (Republican Party) is running for re-election to the U.S. Senate to represent Mississippi. She is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. She advanced from the Republican primary on March 10, 2020.

Smith defeated former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Espy (D) in a special runoff election on November 27, 2018, and will complete former Sen. Thad Cochran's (R) term, which ends in 2021. Smith and Espy advanced to the runoff from the special general election on November 6, 2018, after neither candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote. This special election coincided with Mississippi's regularly scheduled general elections in 2018. Tobey Bartee (D) and state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) also ran.

On March 5, 2018, Cochran announced that he would resign from the Senate on April 1, 2018. He said in a statement, "I regret my health has become an ongoing challenge." At the time of his resignation, he was the 10th longest-serving senator in U.S. history. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) appointed Cindy Hyde-Smith as interim senator to serve in Cochran's seat until voters could select a new senator in the November 6, 2018, special election.

Hyde-Smith is the former Republican Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce. She was elected in 2011 and took office on January 5, 2012. Hyde-Smith won re-election to a second term as commissioner in 2015.

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Biography

Jimmy Edwards (Libertarian Party) is running for election to the U.S. Senate to represent Mississippi. He is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020.

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Mike Espy (Democratic Party) is running for election to the U.S. Senate to represent Mississippi. He is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. He advanced from the Democratic primary on March 10, 2020.

Espy was a 2018 Democratic candidate for the same seat. Espy lost the general runoff election on November 27, 2018.

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Initiatives

Mississippi Ballot Measure 1
Initiative 65 and Alternative 65A, Medical Marijuana Amendment (2020)
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Voting "either measure" signifies that the voter wants either Initiative 65 or Alternative 65A to pass, thereby allowing the use of medical marijuana by qualified patients. The voter must then proceed to the second question to choose their preferred version.

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Voting "neither measure" (against both) signifies that the voter wants neither Initiative 65 nor Alternative 65A to pass. The voter can then proceed to the second question to choose their preferred version in the event the "either" option gets more votes.

Mississippi Ballot Measure 2
Remove Electoral Vote Requirement and Establish Runoffs for Gubernatorial and State Office Elections Amendment (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports the following:

*removing the requirement that a candidate for governor or elected state office receive the most votes in a majority of the state's 122 House of Representatives districts (the electoral vote requirement);

*removing the role of the Mississippi House of Representatives in choosing a winner if no candidate receives majority approval; and

*providing that a candidate for governor or state office must receive a majority vote of the people to win and that a runoff election will be held between the two highest vote-getters in the event that no candidate receives a majority vote.

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A "no" vote opposes this amendment to establish runoff elections for governor and state offices, thereby maintaining the electoral vote requirement and that the House of Representatives will vote for a winner in the event that no candidate receives a majority or in the event of a tie.

Mississippi Ballot Measure 3
State Flag Referendum (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports adopting a new official Mississippi state flag as designed by the Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag, which may not contain the Confederate Battle Flag and must include the words "In God We Trust."

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A "no" vote opposes adopting the new proposed official Mississippi state flag and supports voting on another new flag design to be presented at a special election in 2021.